Jun/Jul 2011

House Call

Research Roundup: Celiac, Heart Health, Asthma & Diet Therapy And More!

Many people with celiac disease have been exposed to long-term inflammation in the gut. Chronic inflammation is a major risk factor for ischemic heart disease (IHD), the leading cause of death in the United States, and may help explain why researchers from the Karolinska Institute and Orebro University Hospital in Sweden recently found a 19 percent increased risk of IHD in individuals with biopsy-proven celiac disease. The highest risk of IHD was observed in the first year after diagnosis, which researchers think may be due to the presence of intense inflammation (and accompanying gastrointestinal symptoms) that prompted the patient to get tested for celiac disease.   More...

Pediatric Allergies Q & A - Bee Allergies, Nasel Congestion, And More!

My brother is allergic to bees. Does this mean I have a higher risk of having this allergy? Should I be tested? Dr. Leo For most people, the sting of a hornet, yellow jacket, wasp, honeybee or fire ant causes an uncomfortable, self-limited, local reaction. But for those allergic to it, an insect sting can be life threatening. Anaphylactic episodes, which can include throat swelling, wheezing and cardiovascular symptoms, happen quickly and truly without warning. They can be the most fatal of allergic reactions, which is why your brother should always have EpiPens and other medications readily available during insect season.   More...