May 8, 2012

Nothing to Sneeze At

1 Amish Farm Kids' Super Immunity

A new study finds that Amish children in Indiana not only have lower rates of asthma and allergy than other U.S. kids, but lower rates than even the immunity gold standard, Swiss farm kids. Just 5 percent of the Amish youth between the ages of 6 and 12 are asthmatic, compared to 6.8 percent of the Swiss farm kids and 9.5 percent of all American children. As for allergies, only 7 percent of the Amish kids produced a positive response to a skin-prick test. The allergy rate among their Swiss peers is 25 percent. Among U.S. children, it's in the 40 to 55 percent range. Researchers speculate that Amish immune systems are strengthened by exposure to cattle, but their numbers are still lower than other farm children's, so the Amish community gene pool is probably a contributing factor.

More at Yourhealth.com | Posted 5 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Tags: Allergies, Asthma, Childhood Asthma, Childhood Allergies, Amish Children and Immunity, Amish and Allergies, Amish and Asthma, Childhood Immunity

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Supersize Me

2 42% of Americans Will Be Obese by 2030

Obesity rates have slowed and today about 1/3 of US adults are obese. But the future doesn’t bode well finds a Duke U study that predicts that 42% of US adults will be obese by 2030. The study, released at a Ctrs for Disease Control conference on obesity, found that the costs of treating the medical conditions associated with obesity would be around $550 billion, an amount that could be avoided by maintaining the current obesity rate of 36%. Plus, the already obese are getting larger and severe obesity, often a consequence of childhood obesity according to health experts, will double to 11%. Study leader, Eric Finkelstein said it’s unclear whether the obesity rate has slowed due to public policy and greater awareness or because US residents have reached a maximum level of obesity.

More at Www.sfgate.com | Posted 5 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: US Obesity Rates Rise Again

Tags: Centers for Disease Control, Childhood Obesity, Diabetes, Duke University, Heart Disease, Obesity Rates, Eric Finkelstein, Severe Obesity

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Tubes Cause Some Ovarian Cancers

3 Fallopian Tube Removal May Lower Cancer Risk

Fallopian tubes may be the source of some of the most deadly ovarian cancers, so removing them could lower risk, suggest researchers. Instead of having their tubes tied, women should consider perhaps removing them altogether, say doctors. Furthermore, women undergoing any abdominal surgery may want to have their tubes taken out, as along as they don't want more children, suggest doctors. MSNBC reports that Dr. Robert Burger of Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia says that for women who are already having an operation, it's a "no-brainer" to add the minimal-risk surgery for fallopian tube removal (salpingectomy).

More at MSNBC | Posted 5 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Ovarian Cancer Diagnosis Aided by New Tool

Tags: Fox Chase Cancer Center, Preventing Ovarian Cancer, Fallopian Tube Removal, Fallopian Tubes Tied to Deadly Ovarian Cancer, Causes Ovarian Cancer, Salpingectomy

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Stop It Before It Runs

4 Probiotics Cut Diarrhea Risk on Antibiotics

Taking probiotics may reduce risk for developing diarrhea while taking antibiotics, say researchers. Researchers found that compared to not using probiotics, the use of probiotics was linked with a 42 percent lower risk of having diarrhea while taking antibiotics. The study findings suggest that 13 people would need to take probiotics to prevent one case of diarrhea associated with antibiotics. Diarrhea is a common side effect of antibiotics, but researchers say that the microorganisms in probiotics can help maintain a normal balance in the intestines. Probiotics are contained in some foods and available as supplements. The study by RAND Corporation was published today in Journal of the American Medical Association.

More at Eurekalert | Posted 5 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Irritable Bowel Syndrome Helped by Hypnotherapy

Tags: Antibiotic Side Effects, Prevent Diarrhea, Advantages Probiotics, Reasons Take Probiotics, RAND Corporation Study, Journal of the American Medical Association May 9

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