Tagged With health

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Food allergies affect 250 million people worldwide, and have risen by 350 per cent in the last 20 years. Peanut allergy has increased at the greatest rate.

While allergies to egg, milk, wheat and soy generally resolve during childhood, nut and seafood allergies often persist throughout life. But now a trial for the treatment of peanut allergy at the Murdoch Children's Research Institute has shown the strongest evidence yet that a cure may be possible.

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In 1845, Sir John Franklin led two British Royal Navy ships on an ill-fated expedition through the Northwest Passage — a famous and hazardous corridor connecting the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. None of the crew members returned, spawning a mystery that has endured for more than 150 years. A new analysis explores the various ways in which the sailors could have met their demise — including a rare disease historians hadn't considered before.

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You have, as of today, a one hundred per cent chance of dying. But a lot of people would like a little more time to do things, like eat interestingly-shaped pastas, or play catch with their grandchildren. That makes sense. I'd also like to do those things. But sometimes, our pursuit to eat lots of pasta or die trying leads some of us to make decisions that don't actually help — like taking alternative, instead of conventional, cancer treatments.

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If there's one thing you should always remember about science, it's that fact and truth are established after multiple studies converge on an answer. Even after that, further research might turn over what you thought was true of the other studies, because you were looking at it through too narrow of a lens. Single papers offer evidence, but rarely do they offer firm truths.

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Researchers from MIT have developed a wireless, artificially intelligent sensor that can detect the various stages of sleep, including rapid eye movement — the sleep stage associated with dreaming. The non-invasive system could change the way clinicians diagnose sleep disorders and other health complications.

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It would be really nice if something you could just go to the pharmacy and buy off a shelf unequivocally had some massive health benefit. But the world does not work that way, and neither does science. There are an array of caveats, and layers of complexity, attached to nearly every health study you see sensationalised and oversimplified on the internet. The latest victim is a paper on the B vitamin, Niacin, which some are now calling a "breakthrough" that could prevent "miscarriages and birth defects".

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Wire from a dental brace has been found in woman's bowel after 10 years. Ten. Years.

A case report from doctors in Western Australia showed the brace was only discovered when the woman started getting bad stomach pains.

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While prepping a 67-year-old female patient for routine cataract surgery at England's Solihull Hospital, physicians noticed a strange bluish blob in one of her eyes. On closer look, the blob turned out to be 17 contact lenses stuck together. Another 10 lenses were subsequently discovered in the same eye. The surgeons have never seen anything quite like it.

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If the eyes are windows to the soul, they're open windows, potentially letting in all kinds of unwelcome bugs. To ensure that doesn't happen, our tears are loaded with microbe-killing compounds and immune cells. In fact, our eyes are so inhospitable that it was long thought they were the only part of our bodies which lacked a symbiotic bacterial community. But now, scientists have found evidence of a once-inconceivable ocular microbiome — and it may help eyes fight off disease.

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Coffee drinkers, rejoice. Two new studies are linking our favourite hot beverage to a decreased chance of being killed by heart disease, cancer or a stroke. So, does this mean we can start drinking coffee with reckless abandon? We spoke to the experts to find out, and not surprisingly, the answer is complicated.

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From 1347 to 1351, a nightmare disease ravaged Europe, afflicting victims with putrid black boils, fevers, vomiting, and in short order, death. Daily life ground to a halt as the Black Death spread along medieval trade routes, claiming an estimated 20 million lives with ruthless efficiency. Now, a team of researchers is asserting that the plague had an unexpected impact: Clearing the air of a toxic pollutant for the first time in over a thousand years.