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    Dead Leaves and Mold Allergies: New Study

    Dead Leaves Can Cause Mold Allergies This fall on the east coast has been a classic mold season. We’ve had unusual amounts of warm weather, mixed with heavy rains. If you see the beautiful colored leaves that have fallen to the ground, you can be sure lots of molds is spewing off those dead leaves. […]

  • A Candida Passover Story

    This Friday marks the beginning of the Jewish holiday Passover. The Passover Seder is the ritual of the last meal the Israelites ate in Egypt before the Exodus. One of the main symbols of Passover is matzo – the unleavened bread the Israelites took with them in their rush to leave Egypt. WHAT DOES PASSOVER […]

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    The Most Challenging Places to Live with Allergies

    Two reports were published this week proclaiming the worst cities to live in for people with allergies, but their lists differ greatly. I wondered why and did some detective work to discover how they made their determinations. USA Today, using data collected from Quest Diagnostics, reported the worst cities for ragweed pollen (the late summer […]

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    Wheat-free, Gluten-free: Is it for me?

    Over the years, I have had many patients request a wheat allergy test, almost all of which came out negative. However, because Celiac disease is now known to be more common than once thought, I have started checking blood tests for gluten-sensitivity. I have found many patients who would be better off gluten, which includes […]

  • Peanut Allergy Tragedy: What Can Be Done Next Time?

    Natalie Giorgi I heard the news on TV in passing: a child dies of peanut allergy in California. I thought to myself, “Oh no, not another mistake causing a child to lose their life to a food allergy.” Later, I learn the details from the Internet and I’m even more stunned: a precious, strawberry blonde […]

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    Hurricane Irene and Its Effect on Allergies

    It’s amazing what a difference a day makes. The past two days were ominous with the winds blowing and the Hurricane swirling, and today we had the picture perfect day for weather. The good news for most of the east coast is thatHurricane Irene caused less damage than expected, but that may be of little […]

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    Chronic Cough: Please DON’T Pass the Lozenges!

    Cough drops: How effective are they for a cough? Along with many travelers this holiday season, I passed through busy airports. There was no shortage of Kleenex packets being bought at the convenient shops, and many travelers had their stash of cough drops. In my opinion, the “cough drop” is one of the least effective […]

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    Gelatin: Mmm…Mmm…Not So Good for Food Allergies

    I remember as a kid watching actor/comedian Bill Cosby use his funny smirk to show how delicious and nutritious Jello-O pudding was to eat. Cosby’s famous line: “What does your mouth say when you eat it?” The kids answered, “Mmm, mmm, good, Jell-O pudding!” Well, as we came to realize Jell-O (with all its sugar) […]

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    Peanut Allergies: Dr. Dean on BYU Radio

    On March 5th 2015, I was featured on BYU Radio’s Top of Mind show with Julie Rose to discuss peanut allergies. THE PREVALENCE OF PEANUT ALLERGIES Peanut allergies are the leading cause offood allergy deaths in the United States. Over the last 13 years, the prevalence of peanut allergies in this country has more than […]

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    Don’t Be Flu-ish: Allergies and Immunity regarding the Flu Shot

    I meant to say, “Don’t be foolish!” Theinfluenza virus (flu virus) is spreading at alarming speed, and only recently are New Yorkers and other states taking it seriously. There is almost no good reason to not get an influenza shot or nasal mist. Unless a child hasasthma, the flu mist is a must to prevent […]

  • Allergy Testing Training for Physicians: Basics Part 1

    I (Dr. Dean) am currently involved in expanding allergy training to physicians all over the United States. It is exciting to teach a mix of family physicians, pediatricians, internists and other specialists on how to utilize allergy testing in their own practices. When assessing allergic patients, in addition to a good history, there are two […]

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    Dr. Dean’s Huffington Post Feature

    Our very own Dr. Dean recently had hisfirst article published and featured on the homepage of the Huffington Post’s Healthy Living section (see the post here). Dr. Dean’s post was published on February 2nd, 2015, just above a post by Dr. Oz! The post focuses on the steps parents can take to keep their children […]

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    Breakthrough In Peanut Allergy Treatment Research

    Without a doubt, peanut allergy is one of the scariest and most dangerousfood allergies that exists. I have cared for both adult and infant patients with peanut allergies, and many have experienced serious anaphylactic (allergic emergency) reactions due to peanut exposure. The Frustrating Problem What really frustrated me as an allergy specialist was the lack […]

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    Back To School Tips

    I read a wonderful article in today’s USA Today in the Life section. The topic was how college students with allergies andasthma can prepare for life back at college. I see many college-age students who are heading back to colleges all over the country and I have a few of my own recommendations on how […]