Health

Christine Woods, MSEd

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How many times have you gone to the gym and just wanted to get a good cardio workout? Often when we exercise, we’re thinking solely about improving our body’s fitness or function. We may not be thinking about how it can improve our mental and emotional well-being.
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Sneaky Gluten

Ever look at a label and wonder if the product is safe for your gluten-free diet? Of course, you have! Gluten, which is the protein found in wheat, rye and barley, sneaks into the most surprising places—from soy sauce in restaurant dishes to cross-contaminated oats in nutrition bars and snack foods. We all have a story or two about a close encounter with gluten.

Allergy to Second-Hand Marijuana

A 6-year-old boy may be the first documented case of allergy to secondhand marijuana smoke. The case study was presented at the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology Annual Scientific Meeting.
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Freezing EpiPens

People at risk for anaphylaxis are always advised to keep their EpiPens at room temperature. So U.S. researchers examined whether freezing the device would impact its functionality. After freezing 104 EpiPens for 24 hours, thawing and testing performance, they found that the devices still worked correctly.
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Good News About Peanut Allergy

An oral immunotherapy drug treatment developed by Aimmune Therapeutics, shows promise in helping children with severe peanut allergy build tolerance to small amounts of peanut.
seafood

Seafood Allergies Not Usually Outgrown

The small study found that seafood allergies are rarely outgrown, with the condition becoming resolved in less than 1 percent of participants.
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Progress in Celiac Vaccine Development

ImmusanT announced it has started its Phase 2 trial to evaluate the safety and efficacy of Nexvax2, the company’s therapeutic vaccine for celiac disease. It targets patients who carry the HLA-DQ2.5 gene, about 90 percent of people with celiac disease.
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Gluten Free Diet and Psoriasis

Celiac disease is two times more prevalent in those who have psoriasis than in those who don’t. Those with positive blood results for celiac disease have shown significant improvement in their psoriasis symptoms and their skin biopsy findings after going gluten-free for three months.
child epinephrine

Pediatric-Dose Epinephrine Approved

Adamis Pharmaceuticals announced that the FDA has approved a lower-dose version (0.15mg) of Symjepi, an epinephrine-prefilled syringe, for emergency treatment of anaphylaxis in children who weigh between 33 and 65 pounds.
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Licking Pacifiers & Allergy Risk

Researchers at the Henry Ford Health System in Detroit found that mothers who lick their baby’s pacifier after it falls to the ground (rather than hand wash or sterilize it) have babies with lower IgE levels, associated with a lower risk of allergy development. The team monitored babies’ IgE levels at birth, six months and 18 months of age.

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