Courtesy: LSU-HSC / Shreveport

ALLERGIES CAN BE DEADLY -  Medical experts estimate that 1 in 3 people can experience allergies in some form at anytime during their lifetime.  And for many people an allergic reaction can be deadly if they don't have quick access to life-saving medicine such as Epinephrine.  Recently the manufacturer of an auto-injector device known as the "Epi-Pen" has raised the prices of a single prescription two-pack more than 400%  and can cost $600 or more.

sunflower, morning glory, hollyhock, lily, primrose, and castor bean (Ricinus communis). The image is magnified some x500.
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Airs Thursday, March 17, at 6 p.m. Spring begins this weekend and the pollen is already in the air; allergy sufferers know this all too well. Tune in Thursday at 6 p.m. for Health Matters. Dr. Sanford Katz will host this discussion on allergies, along with guests Dr. David Kaufman, Allergist and Immunologist with BreatheAmerica Shreveport; and Dr. Lori A. Lemonnier, LSUHSC Assistant Professor; Rhinology. Questions will be taken during the show at 1-800-552-8502 or via Twitter @rrrpublicradio. 

Kate Archer Kent

A Nashville, Tenn.-based health care company that operates treatment centers for airway diseases like allergies and asthma has opened a location in Shreveport. It’s the sixth BreatheAmerica location in the U.S.  The physician-led practice will consist of allergists, pulmonologists, and ear nose and throat surgeons connected with LSU Health Shreveport, Willis-Knighton Health System, and private practice, according to BreatheAmerica's executive vice president of operations Ron Charpentier.