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Jane's Blog Bye Bye Dry Eyes

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Jane's Blog Bye Bye Dry Eyes

Dry eye is one of the most common conditions diagnosed by eye doctors, and is characterized by inflammation of the mucous membranes of the eye and dryness of the eye's corneal surface. This can happen when the eye doesn't produce enough tears to keep its exposed surface moist. If the cornea dries out, it can ulcerate (break down and become scratched), giving bacteria, viruses, and other harmful organisms tiny hiding places in which to multiply. There are also good bacteria that support eye health. Only recently have scientists concluded that the eye does, indeed, harbor a "core" microbiome. In 2016...

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Jane's Blog Allergy Season is Here Get Ready!

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Jane's Blog Allergy Season is Here Get Ready!

Allergic reactions can trigger sneezing, wheezing, mucus, coughing, itching and hives. Allergies are not only irritating, but many have been linked to chronic respiratory problems such as sinusitis and asthma. Allergic reactions can range from mild and annoying to sudden and life-threatening. Mast cells are a type of white blood cell which contains histamine, an important natural chemical weapon in the body's arsenal for fighting infection. However too much histamine increases the inflammatory symptoms associated with allergies. Allergy and inflammatory conditions are triggered by contact with allergens that are absorbed into the blood. When allergens meet special immune cells containing...

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Jane's Blog Asthma Breathe Easier

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Jane's Blog Asthma Breathe Easier

Back in 2006, researchers from Cornell and Stanford Universities stated that three common asthma inhalers, containing the drugs salmeterol and formoterol, should be taken off the market because they were responsible for causing four out of five asthma-related deaths each year. The drugs cited were Serevent, Advair, and Foradil. Many medications for asthma have unwanted side effects. Asthma inhalers for instance include jitteriness, nervousness and upset stomach. Inhaled corticosteroids are also linked to sleep apnea in some asthma patients, according to a study at the University Of Wisconsin School of Medicine. Diet is very important: Quercetin, a bioflavonoid with strong...

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