Giving Babies Antibiotics or Antacids May Increase Allergy Risk

Supported by Well | Family Giving Babies Antibiotics or Antacids May Increase Allergy Risk Photo Babies given antibiotics or antacids in infancy may be at increased risk for allergies in childhood.
Researchers retrospectively studied 792,130 infants covered by a health insurance program. Of these, 131,708 received antibiotics, 60,209 got histamine-2 receptor antagonists and 13,687 were given proton pump inhibitors. Both H2 blockers and P.P.I.s are prescribed for gastroesophageal reflex, or GERD.
The study, in JAMA Pediatrics, followed the children for an average of four and a half years. It found that infants given H2 blockers or P.P.I.s were more than twice as likely to have a food allergy as those who were not; the risk was especially high for allergy to cow’s milk. Those given antibiotics were at a 14 percent increased risk for food allergy, a 51 percent increased risk for anaphylaxis (a potentially fatal type of allergic reaction), and more than double the risk for asthma.
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Saudi Bombing Is Said to Kill Yemeni Civilians Seeking Relief From the Heat

Saudi Bombing Is Said to Kill Yemeni Civilians Seeking Relief From the Heat Photo Yemeni men carried the body of victim killed in a Saudi-led air strike on Monday in Al Hudaydah, the only remaining Yemen port controlled by Houthi rebels. Credit Abdo Hyder/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images AL MUKALLA, Yemen — The heat was stifling, the power out. So the transients, mostly women and children displaced from nearby towns, ventured outside their temporary housing on Monday for some air, witnesses said. Then the Saudi warplanes struck.
In what medics and residents in Yemen’s western port city of Al Hudaydah described as an instant midmorning slaughter in a residential housing area, the warplanes fired missiles at the civilians, literally cutting them to pieces as they sought relief from the 92-degree temperature. At least 14 were killed and nine wounded.
The Saudi authorities, who contended that the targets had been military, said they were looking into the circumstances behind the airstri..