Oct/Nov 2012

House Call

Research Roundup: Gluten and Schizophrenia, College and Special Diets, and More!

Researchers from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago recently surveyed the parents of more than 38,000 U.S. children about the presence of food allergy, mapping the data by geographic location. They found kids living in urban areas have a much higher prevalence of food allergies compared to children in rural areas (9.8 versus 6.2 percent, respectively). In particular, kids in big cities had twice the odds of having peanut and shellfish allergy compared to their rural counterparts. Of note, severity of food allergy didn’t follow the same trend; reports of life-threatening reactions to food were similar across geographic locations.   More...

Bug Busters

Most commercial bug sprays contain harsh, synthetic chemicals that can irritate those who are sensitive. Fortunately, effective insect control is possible using safer, non-toxic products.   More...