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AAFA, Alcon team up to spread allergy awareness

BY Alaric DeArment

FORT WORTH, Texas An eye care company will work with the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America to educate patients about treating allergy symptoms quickly and efficiently.

The AAFA and Alcon announced Friday that they will begin spreading the word about seasonal allergies and treatment through media outlets.

“There are some new concepts and new treatments for the springtime problems people are already experiencing,” University of North Texas Health Science Center clinical professor Bobby Lanier said. “Doctors have just completed their annual conference on allergy and are eager to join our friends at AAFA and communicate about these advances.”

Seasonal allergies affect 40 to 50 million people in the United States and are one of the major reasons for work and school absenteeism, according to the AAFA.

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Research concludes that current guidelines for blood pressure, cholesterol should be changed

BY Michael Johnsen

SAN DIEGO Recent research published in the Journal of the “American College of Cardiology” suggests that current guidelines for such risk factors as blood pressure and LDL cholesterol might need to be tightened even further, according to published reports.

The least amount of arterial fat were seen in those men who had the lowest levels of LDL cholesterol, the research found, examining data from 3,437 men.

Specifically, the least growth was seen in men with blood cholesterol readings under 70 milligrams per deciliter and systolic blood pressure (the higher of the 120/80 reading) under 120.

Current guidelines for blood pressure suggests that men at risk can have systolic readings as high as 140; recommendations of LDL levels is 100 for men at high risk of heart disease, with “consideration” being given to lowering it to 70.

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Research: Excess fat may put diabetes patients at greater risk

BY Michael Johnsen

CHARLOTTE, N.C. According to research published last month in the “Journal of Endocrinology and Metabolism”, free fatty acids may be the leading factor in the development of insulin resistance and hypertension in obese patients.

In layman’s terms, there may be something to the fact that some 90% of newly diagnosed-diabetes patients are obese. And if obesity plays a leading role in the development of diabetes, then glucose may not be the only culprit in a diabetes diagnosis.

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