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Senator: EpiPen Generic Announcement “Raises As Many Questions As Solutions”

This morning, drug company Mylan announced that it will soon introduce a lower-cost (but still not cheap) generic version of its popular EpiPen emergency allergy treatment. In response, one senator who has been critical of Mylan’s actions says more must be done to make the life-saving drug available. [More]

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Pediatricians Call On Mylan To Make EpiPens More Affordable

Following reports on the skyrocketing cost of the EpiPen emergency allergy treatment, drugmaker Mylan has been heavily criticized for putting profit over patients. Even the recent expansion of its savings card program has been slammed as being more beneficial to Mylan than it is for consumers. Now, the nation’s largest group of pediatricians are calling on the company to rethink its pricing of the drug. [More]

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Under Fire Over EpiPen Price Hike, Mylan Expands Savings Card Program

After receiving intense backlash from consumers, lawmakers, and health advocates over the skyrocketing price of emergency allergy treatment EpiPen — the costs increased as much as 600% in just nine years — pharmaceutical giant Mylan plans to cover some of that cost for certain patients.  [More]

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Family Suing Panera Franchisee Over Grilled Cheese With Peanut Butter Served To Allergic Child

Generally, you would assume that a grilled cheese sandwich wouldn’t contain any peanut butter, but a family near Boston had a terrible scare when their daughter, who is allergic to peanuts, bit into a grilled cheese sandwich with a dollop of peanut butter in the middle. Now they’re suing the restaurant’s operator over the incident. [More]

Preservative In Premoistened Wipes May Cause Rashes In Millions

Preservative In Premoistened Wipes May Cause Rashes In Millions

Have you or your child developed a mysterious rash in unmentionable areas of your bodies? If so, you might need to check the labels of any pre-moistened wipes that your family uses for an ingredient that’s causing allergic reactions in many users. [More]

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Don’t Clean Your Baby’s Pacifier Off In The Sink If It Hits The Floor — Suck On It, Says Study

So there you are, hanging out with your baby and oh, whoops — his or her pacifier hits the ground. Most parents would take it to the sink, run it under some water or perhaps sterilize it in boiling water to prevent their baby from sucking on germs. But a new study says if you want to help your baby, you should really just suck on that pacifier to clean it off. Say whatnow?

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FTD Salvages Fiancée’s Birthday Present After Florist Tries To Kill Her With Lilies

Sometimes, it doesn’t matter all that much when a florist substitutes in a different flower from the one you ordered, and sometimes it matters very much. In the case of Andy’s fiancée, it’s actually kind of important for her to not get a certain kind of flower, because she’s allergic to it. It’s no fun to get flowers for your birthday if you can’t be in the same room as them. [More]

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Study: If You’ve Got Asthma, Drying Laundry Inside Your Home Might Be Unhealthy

If you’ve got asthma, hay fever or other allergies, you already know what less-than-ideal air conditions can do to those problems. But you might not know that you could possibly be exacerbating the issue just by doing your everyday chores. A new study says that drying your laundry inside the home can pose a health risk to people who are prone to have such conditions. [More]

Does 'No Outside Food' Discriminate Against People With Food Allergies?

Does 'No Outside Food' Discriminate Against People With Food Allergies?

Domenica is gluten intolerant, and there are a number of other foods she can’t eat as well. During a recent visit to the movies, she was caught bringing in outside food and argued with the manager. There isn’t anything available at the concession stand that she can eat without becoming ill. Sure, a private business can set their own rules. But is it discriminatory? In spite of what theater owners might tell you, buying snacks at the cinema isn’t mandatory, and no one’s going to go hungry after a few hours.

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Why Allergy, Asthma Sufferers Should Beware Of The
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Why Allergy, Asthma Sufferers Should Beware Of The Gym

There are triggers at workout facilities that aggravate those with breathing issues, and we’re not talking about sights of hardbodies rocking spandex. Those with allergies and asthmatics whose problems act up while working out may be able to point to the gym itself as the culprit.

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Report: There Is No Such Thing As An Allergy-Free Dog Breed

Report: There Is No Such Thing As An Allergy-Free Dog Breed

If you’re hoping to bring home a hypoallergenic dog for some sneeze-free friendship, you may be out of luck. According to a new report, there may be no such thing as an allergy-free breed of dog.

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M&M's Is Really Nice After Accidentally Triggering Your Mint Allergy

M&M's Is Really Nice After Accidentally Triggering Your Mint Allergy

How do you win over a customer after you’ve just accidentally triggered their mint allergy? M&M’s have figured the answer: lots of apologies and lots of free coupons.

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Parents Want To Push Kid With Peanut Allergy Out Of School

Parents Want To Push Kid With Peanut Allergy Out Of School

Objecting to what they deem to be cumbersome accommodations for a student with a severe peanut allergy, parents at a Florida public school are urging administrators to remove the girl from the classroom and have her home-schooled.

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Allegra Is Now Non-Prescription, So It Costs Me More. Sigh.

Allegra Is Now Non-Prescription, So It Costs Me More. Sigh.

Good news if you prefer the allergy medication Allegra: it’s now available over-the-counter. Bad news, if you’re reader Cynthia: it’ll cost more for you out of pocket, and you can’t get it from the Kaiser mail-order pharmacy anymore.

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Enjoy Our Down Bedding: Too Bad You're Allergic To
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Enjoy Our Down Bedding: Too Bad You're Allergic To Down

If you’re allergic to down and stay at a Quality Inn, you should probably check ahead of time to see whether there is any down-free bedding available in the entire building. Jason is allergic to down, and this was the first hotel he had ever encountered that couldn’t provide him with feather-free bedding to accommodate his allergy. His complaints to corporate were met with more or less a shrug.

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"Dirty Dozen" Cheat Sheet Reminds You Which Foods To Always Buy Organic

"Dirty Dozen" Cheat Sheet Reminds You Which Foods To Always Buy Organic

To help you remember the “Dirty Dozen” foods to always buy organic, Heidi Kenney has designed this fun free cheat sheet to keep in your moneypurse (organic farming doesn’t use synthetic pesticides). Flip it over and you’ve got the “Clean 15,” which had the lowest pesticide count.. One time I was eating lots of fruits and vegetables and I ate a not-organic pear and my lip swelled up like a monkey’s for a few days… maybe I should start using this list!

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Who Is Profiting From Food Allergies?

Who Is Profiting From Food Allergies?

Slate reports that the numbers of people suffering from shellfish and other food allergies may be significantly overstated. The article traces the source of confusion to a 2004 paper in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology that misrepresents the percentage of the population with seafood allergies. For one thing, the authors of the paper were non-statisticians trying to perform statistical work. For another, the survey questions were biased.