October 10, 2012

Benefits Outweigh Risks

1 Egg-Allergic Kids Can Safely Get Flu Shot

Children with egg-allergies can safely get the flu vaccine, says a new Canadian study. The flu vaccine is grown in chicken eggs, raising the risk of a reaction from those with egg allergies. But today’s vaccine has only traces of egg protein reducing the incidence of serious reaction. For the study, researchers followed 367 egg-allergic people, mostly children, who’d been vaccinated over 5 years. About 1/3 of participants had serious reactions after eating eggs, including anaphylactic shock or trouble breathing. None, however, had a serious reaction to the flu shots; 13 people had mild reactions including itchy skin or hives within a day of receiving the vaccine. Experts recommend the vaccine for all children 6 months or older. Egg allergy affects about 1.5% of children in the US.

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

Previously: US Government Urges Flu Shot for All

Tags: Breathing Difficulties, Egg Allergy, Flu, Flu Shot, Influenza, Egg Allergy and Flu Shot, Anaphylaxis, Egg Allergy and Kids

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Lycopene's the Key

2 Tomatoes May Reduce Stroke Risk

Tomatoes, which contain the antioxidant lycopene, may contribute to brain health and lower the risk of stroke, says a new study. “Daily intake of tomatoes may give better protection” than eating them a few times a week, says lead author Jouni Karppi, U of Eastern Finland. Lycopene, which acts like a sponge in the body, soaks up free radicals that can damage cells. Researchers tested lycopene levels in more than 1,000 Finnish men, ages 46-65, over a 10 year period and found that those with the highest blood levels of the antioxidant were 55% less likely to have a stroke than those with the lowest amount. Researchers not involved with the study say that other factors, including age and general health, may have influenced outcomes, although study scientists tried to take these into account.

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

Previously: Eat a Tomato; Reduce Risk of Heart Disease

Tags: Free Radicals, Heart Health, Lycopene, Stroke, Jouni Karppi, University of Eastern Finland, Tomatoes and Stroke Risk

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Circumstance Not Personal Belief

3 Men's Views on Abortion Is Fluid

A study involving 61 men aged 18 to 36 who were cohabitating with a woman found that their personal circumstances and social class was a bigger factor in whether they were pro-choice or pro-life. Regardless of personal belief, men factored in financial status, maturity level and the state of their relationship into their views which meant they could change. Middle-class men said they were more prepared for fatherhood whereas working class men preferred their partners have an abortion. The relationships of the working-class men were less secure compared to middle-class men. Twenty two men were faced with pregnancies and most said they had no part in the decision making. Researchers conclude that the results demonstrate the men should be more involved in decisions regarding contraception.

More at Science Daily | Posted 5 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: Bad Behaviors Decrease When Men Become Dads

Tags: Abortion, Fatherhood, Men's Views on Abortion, Cohabitation, Pro-Choice, Pro-Life, Planned Parenthood, Male Contraception

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Cells Make the Vaccine

4 Vaccine to Treat Cervical Cancer Promising

A vaccine that trains the immune system to target and kill cervical cancer cells shows promise, according to results from a small study of 18 women who had lesions surgically removed. Its design is based on research that found that most of the 10 to 25 percent of women who cleared moderate to severe precancerous lesions had elevated levels of T cells targeting the cancer-promoting E6 and E7 oncogenes. Fourteen developed an immune response against cervical cancer cells after three VGX-3100 injections which lasted for two years with no serious side effects. The vaccine, aided by a brief electrical pulse, puts small pieces of DNA into the cells that reproduce them. The manufacturer, Inovio, is conducting a phase 2 trial with women whose precancerous lesions that have not received treatment.

More at Yahoo! Reuters | Posted 5 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: Old Technique May Prevent Cervical Cancer

Tags: Cervical Cancer, Precancerous Lesions, Therapeutic Cervical Cancer Vaccine, VGX-3100, E6 and E7 Oncogenes, Inovio Pharmaceuticals

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