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November 03

Dog Versus Cat Allergies for Infants

Dog versus Cat

Having A Dog May Help Allergy-Prone Infants

Oct 1, 2010 By Joseph Brownstein, MyHealthNewsDaily Contributor

Children who have a dog around them during their first year of life will have a milder allergic reaction to dogs if they develop dog allergies later in life, according to a new study.

Researchers at the University of Cincinnati and Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center found that children who had a dog in their home during their first year of life were four times less likely to develop eczema than children who were allergic to dogs but did not have a pet dog around.

Eczema is considered to be an early signal of the severity of a child's later allergies.

The study was based on records from 636 children in a long-term allergy and pollution study. All had parents with allergies, and were considered to be at high risk for developing allergies themselves. The findings are published in the October issue of the Journal of Pediatrics.

"We found that even among people who were allergy-skin-test positive to dog, having a dog in the home...was associated with a lower risk of eczema, so there may be some protective effect from having a dog in the home," said study researcher Dr. Tolly Epstein, an assistant professor of immunology at the university.

Cats had the opposite effect. Among children with a cat allergy, those who had one around during their first year were 13 times more likely to develop eczema than those who didn't.

"There may be differences between the allergens themselves and the effect they have on the immune system," Epstein told MyHealthNewsDaily.

Others offer different explanation for the findings.

Dogs usually defecate and urinate outside the house, while cats do their business inside the home, said Dr. Leonard Bielory, an asthma and allergy specialist at New Jersey Medical School and a spokesman for the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, who was not involved with the study.

Bielory said he routinely advises his patients already suffering from allergies that having a cat may provoke worse allergic reactions than a dog because of their lifestyle.

"There is a difference in the quality of exposure to infectious agents, and other proteins people could be allergic to," Bielory said.

While the study gave some further hints about allergic reaction and sensitivity, Epstein said further study is needed. She's planning a future study that will follow up with the children as they get older, and see how they might develop other allergic diseases.

"This is just eczema...we don't know yet what's going to happen in terms of asthma and rhinitis," Epstein said.

Epstein added that while a number of factors — such as allergic reactions in parents — had been taken into account to avoid confounding the results, there could always be another factor leading to some children not having dogs around.

Until then, she said, patients shouldn't be too hasty in acquiring or getting rid of a pet.

"To make strong recommendations, we'd want to know what happens with the other allergic diseases as well," Epstein said.

But as the results stand now, Bielory said, "the concept here is that dog is a man’s best friend."


November 02

Is it allergies or is it a cold? 2010

Sneezes and sniffles require right diagnosis

Is it allergies or is it a cold? Even in colder weather, you can still be knocked out by allergies.

"Mold spores are released by the billions and trillions in a small area when you have some change in weather," says Dr. Leonard Bielory, director of STARx Allergy and Asthma Center in Springfield and fellow at the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.Even if the season's first frost has killed off the ragweed pollen most of us associate with fall allergies, you could still suffer an allergic reaction to those new mold spores.Some of the symptoms of colds and allergies will be the same, says Bielory: coughing, sneezing, postnasal drip. If it's a cold virus, though, you also will most likely suffer from fever and muscle soreness, and the symptoms will go away after three to seven days.

If you're not running a temperature and the symptoms persist? Get yourself to the allergist, even if there's frost on your car windows in the morning.

In Jersey Magazine © 2010 The Asbury Park Press.

 

The picture above  is an artist rendition of birch pollen commonly released in the month of April  in the New York - New Jersey metropolitan area.

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November 01

Special Top Doc Recognition September 2010

Top Doc Inside New Jersey

September 16, 2010

In addition to being one of the most consistently honored as Top Doctors that included, Dr. Leonard Bielory, New York Metro Area Top Doctor for 5 years in a row, Inside new Jersey, a Special Start Ledger issue has also recently recongnized dr. Bielory’s services.

This was originally reached in 2006, but has since been consistently appointed to received this award for the past 10 years.  Each year your award has been a result of Castle Connolly's rigorous peer nominated, expert reviewed selection process.


October 31

Rapid weight Gain in Infants - First 3 months of Life

European Respiratory Journal, Anne C. van der Gugten at University Medical Center Utrecht and colleagues wrote that other studies have suggested that rapid weight gain in infancy adversely affects respiratory health and lung function, but none had focused on weight gain in the first three months of life, which may be a critical growth period.

The research team studied parent-reported data on growth and respiratory symptoms in 1,431 infants from an ongoing prospective birth cohort, including 235 children who have now been followed to age five.

Children with rapid weight gain in the first three months of life were also significantly more likely to have physician-diagnosed asthma.


October 31

Special Top Doc Recognition 5 years

Top Doc for more than 5 years in a Row

This year Castle Connolly and American Registry launched their first milestone anniversary plaques for the physicians most consistently honored as Top Doctors that included, Dr. Leonard Bielory, New York Metro Area Top Doctor for 5 years in a row!

This was originally reached in 2006, but has since been consistently appointed to received this award for the past 10 years.

Only a small percentage of physicians have earned the prestigious recognition of New York Metro Area Top Doctor at all. Many, many fewer have earned it five years in a row.  Each year your award has been a result of Castle Connolly's rigorous peer nominated, expert reviewed selection process.


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