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Survey finds eye allergy sufferers are self-conscious about allergy-related symptoms

BY Michael Johnsen

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. Eye allergy sufferers suffer from more than just the sniffles and sneezes, a recent survey conducted by the Asthma & Allergy Foundation of America found.

About 40% of female allergy sufferers surveyed said their red and puffy eyes made them look tired and unattractive, and for those who wear contact lenses, 50% switch to glasses when their eye allergies flare and 45% wear their contacts less often.

“Having to stop wearing their contacts or wear them less frequently creates a wide range of emotions among allergy sufferers,” stated Mike Tringale, director of external affairs, AAFA. “Contact lens wearers say they feel less attractive when wearing their glasses (37%), unhappy (35%), less confident without their contacts (29%), and less able to perform activities as well as when they are wearing their contact lenses (26%).”

Spring was identified by 67% of respondents as the most troublesome time of year for eye-related allergies, and 26% claimed fall as the worst season for eye allergies. And more than half (51%) reported they experienced eye allergy symptoms all year long.

About 39% of allergy sufferers consulted with an allergy specialist about their eye-related allergy symptoms; 28% sought counsel with their family practitioner, 28% their optometrist and 28% their ophthalmologist.

The online survey of more than 800 people was supported by Johnson & Johnson Vision Care.

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Alaven Consumer Healthcare launches dietary supplement

BY Michael Johnsen

MARIETTA, Ga. Alaven Consumer Healthcare on Wednesday announced the availability of Travelan, a dietary supplement containing bovine colostrum, exclusively on its Web site.

“Whether you’re an adventure traveler, you’re taking the family on that long-awaited vacation or honeymooning, you want to spend your time seeing the sights and enjoying time off, not being sick,” stated David Swenson, general manager and head of Alaven Consumer Healthcare. “Travelan helps you make the most of your travels by preventing E.coli infection, not just treating it after it occurs.”

According to Alaven, the active ingredient is a clinically tested product that contains antibodies against Enterotoxigenic E. coli bacteria attacks. Bovine colustrum is the first lacteal secretion produced by the mammary gland of a female cow shortly after giving birth.

Infection with E. coli is the leading cause of travelers’ diarrhea — often referred to as “Montezuma’s Revenge,” “Delhi Belly,” “Bali Belly” or “Traveler’s Trots” — and is the most common illness affecting travelers, Alaven stated, citing Centers for Disease Control and Prevention statistics. Each year an estimated 10 million people develop diarrhea while traveling.

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Three faulty genes found to be possible cause of painful bone disease

BY Drug Store News Team

SCOTLAND Researchers at University of Edinburgh announced that they have discovered three defective genes that could help people suffering from a painful bone disease known at Paget’s disease.

Edinburgh researchers tested 300 thousand gene variations and all known human genes during a study of 750 individuals with the disease. Of the 750 patients, 104 were found to have a family history of the bone condition.

Prior to this study, only one gene was known to be in conjunction with one third of people suffering.

Researchers are now aware of three defective genes associated with the disease. Analyses as to why these particular genetic defects are a cause are currently underway.

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