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Spring allergies linked to specific food allergies, says specialist

Spring allergies linked to specific food allergies, says specialist

The Midwest’s high tree pollen count is primarily birch and oak, bad news for carrot, celery and almond lovers. “It’s healthy if certain foods make your mouth water but it is unhealthy if foods make your nose run or your gums and throat itch,” says Joseph Leija, MD, allergist who performs the Gottlieb Allergy Count, the official allergy count for the Midwest. Continue reading

Risk factors for little-known lung infection identified

Risk factors for little-known lung infection identified

Severe and sometimes fatal lung disease caused by a group of bacteria in the same family as those that cause tuberculosis is much more common than previously thought, with Caucasians 55 and older at greatest risk, report researchers from the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine. The study is published online March 14 in PLOS ONE . Nontuberculous mycobacteria (NTM) include more than 150 types of bacteria, found in water and soil, that can infect the lungs when inhaled Continue reading

Autism, intellectual disability incidence linked with environmental factors

Autism, intellectual disability incidence linked with environmental factors

An analysis of 100 million US medical records reveals that autism and intellectual disability (ID) rates are correlated at the county level with incidence of genital malformations in newborn males, an indicator of possible congenital exposure to harmful environmental factors such as pesticides. Autism rates — after adjustment for gender, ethnic, socioeconomic and geopolitical factors — jump by 283 percent for every one percent increase in frequency of malformations in a county. Intellectual disability rates increase 94 percent. Continue reading

Genetic patch ‘stops deafness’

Genetic patch ‘stops deafness’

4 February 2013 Last updated at 21:33 ET By James Gallagher Health and science reporter, BBC News A tiny “genetic patch” can be used to prevent a form of deafness which runs in families, according to animal tests. Patients with Usher syndrome have defective sections of their genetic code which cause problems with hearing, sight and balance. Continue reading

Stem Cell Therapy to Repair Damaged Knee Cartilage

Stem Cell Therapy to Repair Damaged Knee Cartilage

Jan. 24, 2013 — Rush University Medical Center is conducting the nation’s first clinical study of an innovative stem cell drug, Cartistem, to repair knee cartilage damaged by aging, trauma or degenerative diseases such as osteoarthritis Continue reading

To prevent injuries, young athletes may need to play more just for fun

To prevent injuries, young athletes may need to play more just for fun

Jan. 11, 2013 — One way to avoid injuries in young athletes may be for them to simply spend more time in unorganized free play such as pick-up games, a Loyola University Medical Study has found. Continue reading

Decline in available liver transplants expected

Decline in available liver transplants expected

Jan. 10, 2013 — A new study, funded in part by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Health Resources and Services Administration, and published in the January 2013 issue of Liver Transplantation , a journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD), found that the non-use of donor livers climbed through 2010 due to a worsening of donor liver quality, primarily from donation following cardiac death. Diabetes, donor age, and body mass index (BMI) were also linked to a decrease in use of organs. Continue reading

Scientists unlock how insulin interacts with cells

Scientists unlock how insulin interacts with cells

Jan. 9, 2013 — The discovery of insulin nearly a century ago changed diabetes from a death sentence to a chronic disease. Today a team that includes researchers from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine announced a discovery that could lead to dramatic improvements in the lives of people managing diabetes. Continue reading

First image of insulin ‘docking’ could lead to better diabetes treatments

First image of insulin ‘docking’ could lead to better diabetes treatments

Jan. 9, 2013 — A landmark discovery about how insulin docks on cells could help in the development of improved types of insulin for treating both type 1 and type 2 diabetes Continue reading

Rainfall, brain infection linked in sub-Saharan Africa

Rainfall, brain infection linked in sub-Saharan Africa

Jan. 4, 2013 — The amount of rainfall affects the number of infant infections leading to hydrocephalus in Uganda, according to a team of researchers who are the first to demonstrate that these brain infections are linked to climate. Continue reading