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  • Are you allergic to Elastoplast?

    If you react to sticking plasters you are probably sensitised to the rosin (or colophony) that is used in the adhesive. In the European Union all products containing more than 1% colophony have to be labelled with an allergy warning.

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  • Gluten free Fish & Chips – a word of warning

    For the growing number of those with Coeliac disease or gluten intolerance, a portion of fried fish from the local chippy is off the menu because of the wheat flour and baking powder used to make the batter.

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  • Scary teddies teach parents about dustmites & allergies

    The Norwegian Heart and Lung Association wants parents to be aware of the dangers of dustmites in their children’s bedrooms and is using adverts showing teddy bears dressed as Hitler, Gaddafi and Kim Jong-il to get their message across.

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  • What’s the best treatment for hand eczema? Help researchers find out.

    UK-wide trial to work out which is the best treatment for chronic hand eczema is being coordinated by researchers from the University of Leeds.

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  • Scented candles - a whiff of danger

    In March last year, a team of experts tested six scented candles and identified they gave off a host of potentially dangerous industrial chemicals including formaldehyde and VOCs known to raise the risk of respiratory problems and cancer.

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  • Light Therapy for The Midnight Munchies

    Did you know that people with Night Eating Syndrome (NES) consume 25per cent or more of their daily calories after the evening meal and may also wake in the middle of the night for food?** Sound like you? Help is at hand. Night Eating Syndrome is linked

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  • Eye Lash Glue Allergy

    Eyelash extensions give great, longlasting glamour. But about one in twenty clients will develop an allergy to the adhesives used to apply them. Symptoms of allergic reaction to lash adhesives are mainly swollen, red, sore lids, sometimes with crusting.

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  • Tattoo Allergy – think before you ink

    In a study published recently in “Contact Dermatitis”, researchers found that 4% of those with tattoos had experienced a rash immediately after being “inked” and an additional 6% reported skin problems including severe itching and swelling lasting longer

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  • How to tackle ‘Lip-licking eczema’

    Very cold or very hot weather or particularly dry winds can make lips dry and flaky or chapped. Licking to ease the dryness leads to a vicious circle of lip licking, dryness, redness, and chapping since the moisture from the saliva dries out the lips eve

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  • Hair Chalk Allergy warning

    Hair chalking is the recent craze among teenagers that involves using a piece of Hairchalkcoloured pastel chalk on strands of hair then locking the colour in with straighteners. It may be the newest teen trend in temporary hair colour, but the American F

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  • Cat and dustmite allergy in toddlers link to later asthma

    Researchers have found an association between cat and dustmite allergies in pre-schoolers and the onset of asthma by age 7. The research, presented on Monday 23rd February at the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI) annual meeting in

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  • How to combat aerotoxins in planes

    You probably saw the headlines over the weekend warning that toxic fumes from the recycled air in aeroplanes pose a health risk for passengers and aircrew. Senior coroner for Dorset Stanhope Payne, inquiring into the death of BA pilot Richaard Westgate

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