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Researchers make breakthrough in treatment of childhood peanut allergy

Researchers make breakthrough in treatment of childhood peanut allergy

A team of Australian researchers has made a breakthrough in the treatment of childhood peanut allergy, providing a ray of hope for a possible cure.

A small but long-term clinical trial at the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute found that nearly 66 per cent of the kids who were treated with an experimental immunotherapy treatment got rid of their allergy.

The children’s tolerance to peanuts was found to persist for up to 4 years after they were given the experimental immunotherapy.

A special mixture of good bacteria can protect newborns from deadly infection

A special mixture of good bacteria can protect newborns from deadly infection

A team of scientists at the University Of Nebraska Medical Center College Of Public Health claimed to have found a really inexpensive treatment capable of saving thousands of newborns each year.

Led by Prof. Pinaki Panigrahi, the researchers determined that a specific mixture of good bacteria in the body can reduce the incidence of sepsis in newborns. They reached the conclusion after the special mixture slashed the incidence of sepsis in infants in India by 40 per cent at a cost of just $1 per infant.

New study challenges ‘fat but fit’ notion

New study challenges ‘fat but fit’ notion

Obese or overweight people are at a significantly higher risk of developing heart disease even if they appear medically healthy, a new study has warned. A team of researchers examined health data on more than half a million individuals in around a dozen European countries, including Britain.

Results of the study showed that normal blood pressure (BP), blood sugar levels and cholesterol were no assurance of good heart health among overweight people.

Lack of sleep tied to higher risk of diabetes in kids

Lack of sleep tied to higher risk of diabetes in kids

Children who do not get enough sleep face a higher risk of type 2 diabetes than other kids who usually get enough shuteye, a new study by a team of British researchers has revealed.

Obesity and high blood sugar levels are already known risk factors for type 2 diabetes, which occurs when the body fails to properly use or produce adequate of the hormone insulin to alter blood sugar into energy.

Now, the new study revealed a strong link between lack of sleep and a higher risk of type 2 diabetes among children.

Marijuana use increases blood pressure-related death risk: Study

Marijuana use increases blood pressure-related death risk: Study

Marijuana users who smoke the controversial recreational drug face a three-fold greater risk of dying from high blood pressure or hypertension than non-users of the drug, according to a new study.

A team of American researchers conducted a retrospective follow-up research involving 1,213 individuals aged 20 or above who had participated in an ongoing National Health & Nutrition Examination Survey in 2005–2006.

The average duration of use of the drug, which is also called cannabis, was 11.5 years.

Vitamin B3 can help prevent certain types of complex birth defects: Research

Vitamin B3 can help prevent certain types of complex birth defects: Research

An additional dose of vitamin B3 can play a crucial role in preventing certain types of complex birth defects, a new study showed.

Vitamin B3 compensate for defects in the body’s capability to build a molecule, known as nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD), which has been linked to healthy fetal development in humans.

Immunotherapy is safe for people with Type 1 Diabetes: Study

Immunotherapy is safe for people with Type 1 Diabetes: Study

An immune system therapy can help diabetic people with type-1 of the disease by keeping insulin production steady, a small clinical trial by a team of British researchers showed.

The researchers said the therapy, which is similar to an allergy shot in the manner it works, can keep people with type-1 diabetes safe.

Dr. Mark Peakman, a professor of clinical immunology at King's College London in England, said they found that the immunotherapy had the potential to stop the attacks on beta cells that make insulin.

Colorectal Cancer Death Rate Rising Among Young Whites

Colorectal Cancer Death Rate Rising Among Young Whites

Death rate due to devastating colorectal cancer for adults aged 20 to 54 are on the rise in the United States, the American Cancer Society stated in its latest report.

According to the newly published report, death rates from colorectal cancer among White people in the aforementioned age group are rising by 1 per cent each year.

The researchers also found that the rise in death rates from colorectal cancer was confined to White individuals. Rates for African-Americans were found to be dropping in the same age group.

Copper cocktail mugs may cause Food Poisoning: Iowa Health Officials

Copper cocktail mugs may cause Food Poisoning: Iowa Health Officials

The increasingly popular copper mugs that are used in trendy cocktails like Moscow Mules may cause food poisoning, Iowa health officials warned on Monday.

Iowa health department’s Alcoholic Beverages Division issued the warning after examining copper’s poisonous nature and the material’s mixing with food.

Issuing the warning, the Alcoholic Beverages Division said, “When copper and copper alloy surfaces contact acidic foods, copper may be leached into the food.”

Diabetes drug shows promise against Parkinson’s disease

Diabetes drug shows promise against Parkinson’s disease

A new promising clinical trial has suggested that a drug that is normally used to control type-2 diabetes may also play a crucial role in halting the progression of Parkinson’s disease.

In the clinical trial involving 62 patients, researchers found that the medicine successfully halted the headway of the Parkinson’s disease. However, the medicine was not found efficient in preventing brain cells dying, which causes the devastating disease.

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