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Asthma: Altering diet may ease symptoms

Fruits, vegetables and whole-grains might be an unlikely treatment for asthma according to animal studies. Tests on mice, published in the journal Nature Medicine, showed that a high-fibre diet could reduce inflammation in the lungs. The extra fibre changed the nutrients being absorbed from the gut, which in turn altered the immune system. The researchers argue the shift to processed foods may explain why more people are developing asthma. The airways are more sensitive to irritation and more likely to become inflamed in people with asthma. It leads to a narrowing of the airways that make it harder to breathe. More...

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Eating nuts during pregnancy 'may curb allergies'

Children are less likely to have a nut allergy if their mother ate nuts while pregnant, a study has concluded. The work, published in JAMA Pediatrics, looked at the health and diets of more than 8,000 children and their mothers. The US researchers believe that early exposure in the womb creates natural tolerance to certain foods. But the findings conflict with other studies that have shown either no effect or a possible risk from nut consumption. Experts say this makes it difficult to offer firm advice to mothers-to-be, with the exception of women who are themselves allergic to nuts and should therefore always avoid eating them. More...

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Salt in medicines 'poses a health risk'

Soluble painkillers used by millions of people in Britain could pose a health risk because they are high in salt, UK researchers are warning. Some formulations taken at maximum dose tip users over the recommended daily sodium intake for an adult, with potentially dangerous consequences, the study authors say. Their work in the BMJ looks at the outcomes for 1.2 million UK patients. It found a link between effervescent tablets and heart attacks and stroke. All medicines that contain at least 1mmol (or 23mg) of sodium - a component of salt - in each dose are required to declare on their labelling that the product contains sodium. More...

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Modern life 'turning people off sex'

Money worries and the distractions of social media mean people are having sex less frequently, researchers say. A once-a-decade poll of 15,000 Britons found those aged 16-44 were having sex fewer than five times a month. The figure compared with more than six times a month on the last two occasions when the official National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles was carried out, in 1990-91 and 1999-2001. The study's authors say modern life may be having an impact on libidos. Dr Cath Mercer, from University College London, said: "People are worried about their jobs, worried about money. They are not in the mood for sex. More...

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'Kangaroo care' key for premature babies

Mothers carrying babies skin-to-skin could significantly cut global death and disability rates from premature birth, a leading expert has said. Prof Joy Lawn says "kangaroo care", not expensive intensive care, is the key. The 15 million babies every year born at or before 37 weeks gestation account for about 10% of the global burden of disease, and one million of them die. Of those who survive, just under 3% have moderate or severe impairments and 4.4% have mild impairments. Prof Lawn, from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), said: "The perception is you need intensive care for pre-term babies, More...

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How diabetic women's pregnancy chances can be boosted

Watching what you eat, exercising properly and ensuring adequate nutrition with a vitamin supplement which has adequate amounts of folic acid may improve chances of conception in diabetic women. Women with diabetes face a special challenge-getting and then staying pregnant. Poor glucose control may create an environment where the high sugars prevent both conceiving as well as maintaining the pregnancy, Diabetic Living India reported. More...

Depression 'makes us biologically older'

Depression can make us physically older by speeding up the ageing process in our cells, according to a study. Lab tests showed cells looked biologically older in people who were severely depressed or who had been in the past. These visible differences in a measure of cell ageing called telomere length couldn't be explained by other factors, such as whether a person smoked. More...

Potential link between preeclampsia during pregnancy and kidney failure risk

Preeclampsia during pregnancy may be associated with an increased risk of developing kidney failure, according to a study that was presented at ASN Kidney Week 2013 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, GA. More...

Mom's exercise during pregnancy gives baby’s brain a boost

Babies born to women who exercised during pregnancy have enhanced brain development compared with babies born to moms who didn’t exercise while they were pregnant, a new Canadian study suggests.  More...

Autism signs 'present in first months' of life

An early indication of autism can be identified in babies under six months old, a study suggests. US researchers, writing in Nature, analysed how infants looked at faces from birth to the age of three. They found children later diagnosed with autism initially developed normally but showed diminished eye contact - a hallmark of autism - between two and six months of age. More...

Peek-a-boo: A window on baby's brain

A baby's first smile is an exciting moment. But what can it tell us about their understanding of the world? Boasting about the speed of childhood development is the sport of choice for many a doting parent. From the 12-week scan right through the early years, monitoring the physical and mental progress of their pride and joy is a source of both excitement and concern. Especially rewarding is the onset of smiles, squeals and laughter - the kind of milestones that make all the disturbed nights worth it. More...

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Swaddling resurgence 'damaging hips', surgeon warns

Parents are risking their babies' health because of a surge in the popularity of swaddling, according to an orthopaedic surgeon. The technique involves binding the arms and legs with blankets and is used to help calm a baby and prevent crying. But Prof Nicholas Clarke, of Southampton University Hospital, said swaddling was damaging developing hips. The Royal College of Midwives and other experts advised parents to avoid tightly swaddling a child. More...

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