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140414OSM ItchyEyes 1Dry eye syndrome is a common medical condition that many people experience at some point in their lives. Nearly everyone has varying degrees of the condition, because tear production often diminishes with age. Dry eye symptoms are usually classified as mild, moderate or severe, with severe cases leading to a diminished quality of life.

What are the causes?

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Many people suffering from nasal congestion or post-nasal drip turn to the ancient practice of nasal irrigation to help relieve their symptoms. Scientific studies point to its beneficial uses, because irrigation:

  • Acts as a car wash for your nose, by cleaning out irritants and allergens that are present on your mucous membranes.
  • Clears away or thins out mucus. Believe it or not, our body produces about a quart of mucus in our lungs, nose and throat on a normal day. We only notice it when it makes more than usual or it gets thicker and more difficult to swallow. Thin mucus is less bothersome.
  • Helps wash away chemical messengers your nose uses when you’re experiencing symptoms.
  • Irrigation helps improve mucus clearance, which is accomplished by the beating of millions of microscopic hairs called cilia that move mucus down your throat to swallow and digest. You can test this at home by putting a little NutraSweet into your nose with a Q-tip. In a few minutes you will taste it in the back of your mouth.

140317OSM triathlon runningMaybe you’ve run a few 5ks, a marathon or two. Maybe you’re a bicyclist or swimmer looking for something new. Have you every considered participating in a triathlon? Training for and competing in a triathlon is a great way to challenge yourself and vary your workout.

Dr. Sarah Kehl, a board-certified allergy and immunology specialist at Oregon Allergy Associates, was an avid runner and enjoyed swimming for years before she set her sights on her first triathlon.

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140303OSM honeyblogpostNothing is worse than having a child who can’t sleep because of a cough due to a respiratory infection. We’ve all been there. But what can be done?

Many cough medicines previously sold over the counter are no longer available for children due to FDA action in 2011. It was not a great loss, as most did not do an adequate job, and some posed risks for very young children. For the weary parent, a study has built upon previous evidence that honey can be a natural, home remedy that can help ease coughing.

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BlueSprAwards 082313 0002 1Summer is just around the corner! If you have a child with food allergies, sending them away to summer camp can be a little scary. Camp Blue Spruce is an excellent option and a great way to provide your allergic child with a fun and worry-free, sleep-away experience.

Camp Blue Spruce is a one-week overnight summer camp designed especially for children with food allergies. This summer, the camp will run August 17-22. The camp is located on a beautiful property near Banks, Oregon, about 30 miles from Portland.

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