New allergy relief procedure; Caffeine's effects on breast cancer

New allergy relief procedure
With pounding headaches, itchy eyes, and violent sneezing and fatigue, allergy season is in full swing in many parts of the country.

But if you're tired of using pills and sprays that provide only temporary relief, there may be another answer.

Now there's a more permanent, non-surgical solution.

Allergy relief in the past could only be achieved through surgeries costing 10,000 dollars or more. But with something called turbinate coblation, radio waves are doing what only scalpels could accomplish.

After applying local anesthetic, a radio-wave emitting wand is inserted into the nose and actually shrinks and removes tissue to unblock the nasal passages. The actual procedure only takes about ten minutes.

"Being able to accomplish the same result in the office in just a few minutes without the need for general anesthesia is something that patients really find attractive," says Dr. Craig Schwimmer, otolaryngologist.

Turbinate coblation has a one-time cost of 1,500 dollars. But as allergy sufferer Kay Brown says, "It’s worth every penny."

“I was on two nose sprays and two pills and that amounted to about 600 dollars a month. This is going to pay for it within two to three months. So it's a blessing, a real blessing," says Brown.

Not everyone can get this procedure. But doctors say about 70-percent of allergy patients would be candidates.

Coffee & tea study
Apparently, women can drink all the coffee or tea they want and not increase their risk for breast cancer.

Researchers at Harvard University studied the coffee, tea and caffeine consumption of almost 86,000 women for 22 years.

After adjusting for all other risk factors like family history, age, and history of hormone therapy, they found no link between coffee consumption and breast cancer.

In fact, there was no difference between women who drank four or more cups of coffee or tea a day, and women who drank less than a cup a day.


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