New Peanut Created That Could Free Millions of People from Fear of Deadly Allergic Reaction

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Peanuts are the most common food allergy.

The nuts are one of the most common causes of food allergy, with a estimated quarter of a million people in Britain suffering from peanut allergy.  Contact with even a tiny amount of peanut can provoke a reaction.

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Carcinogens Form from Third-Hand Smoke

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In tests at Berkeley Lab of celluose surfaces contaminated with nicotine residues from third-hand smoke, levels of newly formed TSNAs rose 10 times following a three hour exposure to nitrous acid. TSNAs are potent carcinogens.

Nicotine in third-hand smoke, the residue from tobacco smoke that clings to virtually all surfaces long after a cigarette has been extinguished, reacts with the common indoor air pollutant nitrous acid to produce dangerous carcinogens. This new potential health hazard was revealed in a multi-institutional study led by researchers with the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab).

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Weird and Wacky Medical Findings of 2009

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WEIRD, wild and decidedly offbeat research findings have emerged in 2009.

Among the most bizarre medical discoveries were:.

– Pulling a tick off the wrong way can lead to meat allergy. An Australian doctor found the link while studying rising cases of the allergy among people who live on Sydney’s tick-prone northern beaches. “I now tell everybody I see who lives anywhere near ticks to use `Aerostart’ (spray-on engine cleaner) or another high-alcohol substance,” said Dr Sheryl van Nunen. “Stun the tick before you scrape it out and it can’t inject what it injects.”

– Serial coffee drinkers are more likely to feel “the presence of dead people”, British researchers found. They asked students about their caffeine intake and those with the highest were also most likely to report seeing, or hearing, things that were not there.

– US surgeons successfully restored a woman’s sight by pulling out one of her teeth, placing a lens inside the tooth and then implanting the tooth in her eyeball. The technique can only be used when a person has a scarred cornea on an otherwise healthy eye.

(lots more after jump…)

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Some Germs Are Good for You: Surface Bacteria Maintain Skin’s Healthy Balance

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Bacteria growing in a cell culture.

On the skin’s surface, bacteria are abundant, diverse and constant, but inflammation is undesirable. Research at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine now shows that the normal bacteria living on the skin surface trigger a pathway that prevents excessive inflammation after injury.

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Top 11 Foods that Trigger Allergies

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Peanuts ranks #3 on the all-time allergy list

For some people, certain foods can trigger hives (an eruption of small welts), swollen lips, itchiness, flushing, eczema (rough, itchy patches), or a hot-to-the-touch rash, even if you’ve never reacted to a food before.
If the outbreak covers your entire body or is accompanied by chest tightness, wheezing, or shortness of breath, you’re having a full-blown allergic reaction.
If you know what food triggered your reaction, you can steer clear of it in the future. But if you’re not sure, write down everything you ate leading up to your outbreak, use this list of common culprits as a memory jogger, and talk with your doctor about allergy testing.
1. Cow’s milk
2. Eggs
3. Peanuts
4. Tree nuts (cashews, walnuts, almonds, etc.)
5. Shellfish
6. Soy
7. Wheat
8. Red wine
9. Citrus (limes, oranges, etc.)
10. Tomatoes
11. Hot spices, such as chili seasonings

For some people, certain foods can trigger hives (an eruption of small welts), swollen lips, itchiness, flushing, eczema (rough, itchy patches), or a hot-to-the-touch rash, even if you’ve never reacted to a food before.

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Experimental New Treatment For Peanut Allergy In Children

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New treatment for peanut allergies

Children suffering from potentially lethal nut allergies can now live normal lives for the first time following the success of an experimental new treatment.

Doctors at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge have developed a pioneering therapy which effectively “retrains” the immune systems of patients who have food allergies so that they become desensitised to the food.

 

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Eating Nut Products During Pregnancy Linked To Asthma In Children

Eating Nut Products During Pregnancy Linked To Asthma In Children 

Expectant mothers who eat nuts or nut products like peanut butter daily during pregnancy increase their children’s risk of developing asthma by more than 50 percent over women who rarely or never consume nut products during pregnancy, according to new research from the Netherlands.

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