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Investigation of the clinical usefulness of the intracutaneous provocative-neutralization food test (IPFT) King, Rubin, Fadal, Ward, Trevino, Pierce, Stewart and Boyles. Conclusion: "The IPFT is a practical and useful test for food hypersensitivity. It provides a neutralizing dose, if desired, for patient treatment. The IPFT SK provides the physician with more information for correlation with the patient's history and diet-symptom diary. If the chosen treatment necessitates patient hardship or nutritional peril – a rare occurrence when neutralization treatment is used – OCFT double- testing or treatment trial periods can be accomplished. A successful treatment program that includes false-positive responders appears preferable to a program that fails because needed foods are not included. Use of the IPFT SK as the standard technique makes provocation of symptoms an incidental occurrence rather than a goal. The emphasis on provocation in the current name, intracutaneous provocative food test, become misleading. The more accurately descriptive names, "progressive dilution intracutaneous food test," is recommended as replacement."

A triple-blind crossover study that investigates the efficacy of subcutaneous neutralization food hypersensitivity therapy "This study provides evidence that subcutaneous neutralization treatment is an effective form of food hyper sensitivity therapy and suggests that this form of treatment should prove beneficial in the clinical setting approximately 75% of the time, with further enhancement of results when supplemented by appropriate diet manipulation."

The Physics of Biological and Cognitive Sciences Cyril W. Smith, Honorary Senior Lecturer, Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, University of Salford, Salford, M5 4WT, England.

Male allergy patients with hypotestosteronemia: long-term treatment results Steven F. Hotze, M.D., Houston, TX. Conclusions: "The results demonstrate that testosterone supplementation, when indicated in patients with allergic disorders, provides significant improvement in the patient's overall health, well-being and energy level. An overwhelming number of male patients who were treated for their allergies in combination with testosterone supplementation, when indicated, reported a marked improvement in their original symptoms."

Health effects of indoor odorants Cone JE, Shusterman D., Environ Health Perspect 1991 Nov;95:53-9. PMID: 1821378 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE].

< Multiple System Atrophy: The Putative Causative Role of Environmental Toxins. Arch Neurol. 1999;56:90-94. Whereas a number of studies have investigated the putative role of environmental toxins in the pathogenesis of idiopathic Parkinson disease, the possibility of such a role in multiple system atrophy has received little attention.

A Primer on Toxicology From the Summer 1997 issue of "MSMR News," a quarterly newsletter of the Massachusetts Society for Medical Research, Inc., Leslie Nader, Ph.D., Managing Editor.

Menace in the Mix Environmental Health Perspectives, Volume 102, Number 9, September 1994. New research underway at Duke University could yield clues to how chemicals used by U.S. soldiers during the Persian Gulf War may have intermingled and caused neurotoxic effects in some veterans. The combined, or synergistic, effects from three chemicals: pyridostigmine bromide, DEET, and permethrin, may have caused some of the symptoms reported by Gulf War veterans, including chronic fatigue, rashes, headaches, weight loss, and joint pain, according to Mohamed Abou-Donia, a professor of pharmacology at Duke University who is spearheading the research.

Neuropsychological Approaches for the Detection and Evaluation of Toxic Symptoms Abstract. Nancy Fiedler. Risk Assessment for Neurobehavioral Toxicity. Environmental Health Perspectives, Volume 104, Supplement 2, April 1996. The purpose of this paper is 3-fold: a) to review briefly the neuropsychological tests that have been used to evaluate the effects of neurotoxicants; b) to identify individual factors that may create heightened sensitivity to neurotoxicants; and c) to discuss test parameters that will increase the sensitivity of neuropsychological tests for detecting symptoms in low-level exposure situations. While the body of literature on neurobehavioral toxicology has increased dramatically during the past 10 years, it remains difficult to discern which tests are most effective in detecting behavioral effects even among workers with significant exposures. Few investigators have evaluated the interactions between individual differences, such as gender and psychiatric function, and exposure to neurotoxicants. Detection of behavioral performance decrements among uniquely susceptible populations such as those with sensitivities to low-level exposures (e.g., multiple chemical sensitivities) will require more difficult tests than are frequently used in current neuropsychological test batteries. -- Environ Health Perspect 104(Suppl 2):239-245 (1996)

Fragrance as an occupational allergen Buckley DA, Rycroft RJ, White IR, McFadden JP. Occup Med (Lond) 2002 Feb;52(1):13-6. PMID: 11872789. Abstract. Health care workers and metalworkers have statistically significantly higher rates of allergy to eugenol than did workers in other occupations. Food handlers have significantly higher rates of allergy to cinnamal and cinnamic alcohol.

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