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The FDA hasn’t approved a peanut allergy treatment yet, but it’s close

The FDA hasn’t approved a peanut allergy treatment yet, but it’s close

The FDA has taken a major step toward approving Palforzia, a treatment for peanut allergy that may reduce both the number and severity of allergic reactions. The treatment, assuming it ultimately gets approval, would be for allergy sufferers ages 4 to 17 who have been diagnosed with peanut allergy. Palforzia is a biologic oral immunotherapy (OIT) that received Fast Track Designation from the FDA in 2014.

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Plant-based diets cut pain and inflammation of rheumatoid arthritis

Plant-based diets cut pain and inflammation of rheumatoid arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis is a painful autoimmune disease that causes joints to become chronically inflamed. The condition is considered common, impacting thousands of people every year across the United States. Past studies have implicated dairy and other animal products as fueling the condition; a newly published review looks at that research, finding that plant-based diets may be a good choice for sufferers.

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Exercise and low-calorie diets combined have surprising effect on bones

Exercise and low-calorie diets combined have surprising effect on bones

Exercising while eating a low-calorie diet may have a negative effect on bone health, according to a new study out of the University of North Carolina Health Care. Unlike in cases of exercise without calorie restriction, eating fewer calories while exercising was found to cause a substantial increase in the amount of fat in bone marrow, something associated with lowered bone health. The effect was observed in cases of only mild calorie restriction.

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FDA moves to ban flavored e-cigarettes: Here’s what we know

FDA moves to ban flavored e-cigarettes: Here’s what we know

The FDA is taking steps to ban the sale of flavored electronic cigarettes amid ongoing reports of a serious lung condition that has caused at least six deaths and more than 450 cases, including hospitalizations. The announcement was made today by Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, who said in a statement that these devices are paving the way for a new generation of nicotine addicts.

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Taking certain popular antibiotics may increase heart risk during use

Taking certain popular antibiotics may increase heart risk during use

Taking fluoroquinolone antibiotics, which include many popular options commonly prescribed for a variety of conditions, may increase one's risk of developing certain heart conditions, a new study claims. The research comes out the University of British Columbia, joining past studies that have found links between taking antibiotics and increased risk for heart issues. Examples of antibiotics in this class include ciprofloxacin.

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Want a healthy brain? Study finds you should focus on fitness

Want a healthy brain? Study finds you should focus on fitness

A large study out of Europe has linked physical fitness with healthy brains and better cognitive performance. The research was recently presented at the ECNP Congress in Copenhagen, where German scientists detailed the results of analyzing more than 1200 MRI brain scans collected under the Human Connectome Project, a very large database compared to many studies that involve MRI scans.

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Scientists find a simple way to get kids to eat more vegetables

Scientists find a simple way to get kids to eat more vegetables

Children are notoriously picky eaters and parents may struggle to get them to eat the daily recommended amount of vegetables. This problem is compounded by readily available high-fat, salty, and sweet food products often lacking adequate nutrition, resulting in parents who give up on trying to get their kids to turn to healthier alternatives. Scientists have revealed a method that may change that, however, and it involves exposure to a large variety of vegetables.

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Study finds how diets high in fat and carbs may make you hungrier

Study finds how diets high in fat and carbs may make you hungrier

Eating diets that are high in both fat and carbohydrates may trigger brain changes associated with obesity within days, according to a new study from Yale University. Researchers found that this type of diet may lead to hypothalamus region irregularities, namely inflammation, which was noted in as early as three days after eating a high-fat diet. These changes can occur before the development of obesity.

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High blood pressure may be fueling mental decline in older adults

High blood pressure may be fueling mental decline in older adults

Managing high blood pressure to keep it within the normal range may be a vital part of preventing cognitive decline starting in middle age. The finding comes from the American Heart Association, which reports that high blood pressure may speed up the rate of mental decline in adults who are middle-aged or older. The preliminary finding joins past research that associates high blood pressure with an increased risk of developing Alzheimer's disease.

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Public warned to avoid all pig ear treats over risk to dogs and owners

Public warned to avoid all pig ear treats over risk to dogs and owners

In addition to the Salmonella outbreak linked to the growing trend of keeping backyard chickens is another Salmonella outbreak previously linked to dried pig ears sold as dog treats. The CDC previously issued an advisory about the matter, though it didn't have any information about the source of the potentially contaminated treats. In a new update, the agency is warning that people should avoid all pig ear treats, including ones that have already been purchased.

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CDC warns against kissing chickens amid deadly Salmonella outbreak

CDC warns against kissing chickens amid deadly Salmonella outbreak

The CDC recently published an update on the ongoing Salmonella outbreak linked to backyard chickens in the United States, warning that hugging and kissing chickens will put you at a greater risk of contracting the illness. Between July 20 and August 20, another 235 people were confirmed as having become ill from the outbreak strains, pushing the total number of infected people to 1,003 across 49 states.

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Google bans ad sales for unproven medical treatments

Google bans ad sales for unproven medical treatments

Google announced a new Google Ads Policy that targets unproven or experimental medical techniques. Google Ads revealed a new Healthcare and medicines policy that prohibits the advertising of "unproven or experimental medical techniques such as most stem cell therapy, cellular (non-stem) therapy, and gene therapy."

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