September 8, 2011

Fish, Walnut Oil Helpful

1 Pregnancy Diet Impacts Food Allergies of Kids

Consuming foods containing polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAS) during pregnancy has been linked with a possible protective effect against food allergies in children. PUFAS are found in fish, walnut oil and flaxseed. According to research published in Journal of Physiology, supplementing a mother's diet with n-3PUFA (certain group of polyunsaturated fatty acids) helped trigger the infant's immune response and antibody production. "Other studies have found that a diet containing fish or walnut oil during pregnancy may make your baby smarter – our research adds to this, suggesting such supplements also accelerate the development of a healthy immune system to ward off food allergies," says Dr. Gaëlle Boudry, of the INRA research institute in Rennes, France.

More at Eurekalert | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Walnuts Improve Stress Reaction

Tags: Pregnancy Diet, Walnut Oil Fight Allergies, Eating Fish While Pregnant, Preventing Food Allergies, Journal of Physiology, Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids, INRA Research Institute

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Targets Hard-to-Treat Pain

2 Chronic Pain Gene Identified

British researchers have discovered a gene called HCN2 that is linked to chronic pain and hope their discovery will help in the development of better pain medications. Studies in HCN2 knockout mice exposed to different types of painful stimuli eliminated neuropathic pain which occurs when nerves are damaged. Diabetes, chemotherapy treatment, lower back pain and further complications of shingles can lead to neuropathic pain and it is very hard to treat with the current crop of drugs. Scientists showed that the gene is not related to experiencing acute pain, the immediate type that a person feels when they hurt themselves. Chronic pain is a serious problem that leads to depression, job loss and costs the United States 150 billion dollars annually.

More at Yahoo! Reuters | Posted 6 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: Women Experience Chronic Pain More Than Men

Tags: Chronic Pain, Pain Medications, HCN2 Gene, Genetics of Chronic Pain, Neuropathic Pain

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