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Peanuts in baby’s diet can prevent allergy: NIH

Peanuts in baby’s diet can prevent allergy: NIH

Babies who are fed regularly with peanut-containing foods starting around six months of age face lower risk of suffering scary allergy, according to the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH’s) new guidelines.

Issuing new guidelines on Thursday, the NIH issued said that most babies should regularly be fed with peanut-containing foods starting at the age of 6 months, some as early as 4 months.

The new guidelines mark a major shift in dietary advice for kids in a country where peanut-related allergy is one of the most dangerous food allergies.

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M.D. Anderson Cancer Center announces plan to cut 1,000 jobs

M.D. Anderson Cancer Center announces plan to cut 1,000 jobs

The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center has announced cost cutting measures which would result in layoff or early retirement for nearly 1,000 workers. The job cuts won’t impact doctors but other staff members and accounts for nearly 5 percent of total workforce of M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. During a press conference, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center officials informed that job cuts will save $120 million per year for the organization.

Researchers find common morning sickness drug ineffective

Researchers find common morning sickness drug ineffective

A pill routinely taken by millions of pregnant women for getting rid of morning sickness may not be as effective as it claims to be, a new research suggested.

The morning sickness drug called pyridoxine-doxylamine, which is sold as Diclegis in the United States and as Diclectin in Canada, has been in use since the 1970s. An older version of the drug has been used since the 1950s.

Study co-author Dr. Navindra Persaud, of St. Michael’s Hospital and Canada’s University, and colleagues reviewed data from a decades-old trial and found little evidence that the drug is effective.

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Scientists identify new organ in humans

Scientists identify new organ in humans

Membranes that twist and turn through the gut in humans’ digestive system has been reclassified and upgraded by scientist to an organ, according to a newly published review.

The structure, which connects the small and large intestines to the abdominal wall and keeps them in place, has been known to scientists for a long time. But, until recently, it was believed to be numerous distinct membranes.

In the review, researchers looked at old and new studies on the structure called “mesentery,” and concluded that the structure is actually a continuous organ.

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Twins born 1 year apart in Utah and Arizona

Twins born 1 year apart in Utah and Arizona

Two families in the two different U.S. states are celebrating the birth of their identical twins who took birth in different years – in 2016 and 2017.

Utah couple Huyen Nguyen and Nick Criddle welcomed their identical twin boys, named James and Matthew, into the world at 11:59 p.m. on Dec. 31 and at 12:01 a.m. on Jan. 1, respectively.

James and Matthew weighed 5 pounds and 5 pounds, 5 ounces, respectively. Describing his twin boys’ differences, father Nick Criddle said, “This is James, he is older and wiser. This is Matthew younger, a little stronger.”

Gates Foundations announces $140 million investment in Intarcia for HIV prevention device

Gates Foundations announces $140 million investment in Intarcia for HIV prevention device

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has participated in Series EE funding round of Intarcia for development of HIV prevention device. The Gates Foundation will invest $500 shortly and has announced additional $90 million tied to milestones that Intarcia will achieve in future. Intarcia has raised $206 during the current funding round. The company raised $2015 in September 2015.

Children with Obese Parents Face Higher Risk of Developmental Delays: NIH Research

Children with Obese Parents Face Higher Risk of Developmental Delays: NIH Research

Children with obese parents face an increased risk of developmental delay as per a new research conducted by the National Institutes of Health. The research suggests that children of obese parents have higher risk of being slow learners and they could also be clumsy. Obese mothers have generally performed worse in motor skill tests compared to health weight mothers and this could be inherited by child as well, the research suggests. The research team also found that in case the father is obese, the child has higher risk of failure in social competence tests.

Fresh Drug Approvals Decline to Six Year Low in 2016

Fresh Drug Approvals Decline to Six Year Low in 2016

The new drugs approved by the U.S. FDA and the European Medicines Agency has touched a six year low in year 2016. The decline is alarming for pharmaceutical research. The U.S. FDA approved 22 new drugs for sale in 2016. In 2015, the FDA had approved 45 drugs for sale in the United States. The European Medicines Agency approved 81 medicines in year 2016 compared to 93 in 2015. However, European Drug Agency counts generic drugs in the list of approved drugs as well.

Marijuana can help in many health issues

Marijuana can help cure various health issues

Marijuana legalization has long been a controversial issue across the United States as many people and authorities are in support of Marijuana while several continue to oppose it. The support for medicinal and recreational marijuana has grown over the last few years and many states have already relaxed rules regarding marijuana use.

Dopamine Receptors for Overweight People Could Be Reason Behind Low Physical Activity

Dopamine Receptors for Overweight People Could Be Reason Behind Low Physical Activity

Exercising and regular physical activity are considered among the top ways to shed extra weight but physical activity is usually found low among people in overweight and obese categories. A new research conducted by researchers at the National Institutes for Health (NIH) has suggested that a chemical imbalance in brain makes is really difficult for overweight individuals to raise their level of physical activity or exercise. The research team found that diet-induced obesity leads to changes in functioning of brain.

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