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First Published: Tue, Aug 05 2008. 01 03 AM IST
Updated: Tue, Aug 05 2008. 01 03 AM IST
For children allergic to eggs, physicians from Greece say, “Let them eat cake.” Heat modifies some allergens, allowing some allergic children to be “treated” with ever-increasing amounts of egg baked in a cake, George N. Konstantinou and colleagues at the University of Athens report. They tested 94 children referred to the university’s food allergy department. After six months, 90% of them could tolerate eggs baked in a cake, according to a preliminary online posting by the ‘Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology’. However, study co-investigator Nikolaos G. Papadopoulos cautions parents not to try this at home. The treatment should be supervised. (Reuters)
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A new study has shown a smoking ban can actually reduce cardiac problems. Hospital admissions for heart attacks and chest pains fell 17% in Scotland following its 2006 ban on smoking in enclosed public spaces, according to a study in the ‘New England Journal of Medicine’. The biggest benefactors are non-smokers, who accounted for 67% of the decline in admissions. This confirms a link between second-hand smoke and acute coronary syndrome, researchers said. “There’s no evidence smoking has been displaced to the home,” said Jill Pell, a University of Glasgow researcher and lead author of the study. “Overall exposure has gone down. It’s very reassuring that this important public health intervention has been effective.” (Bloomberg)
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Apparently, candy could battle cavities! Gummy bears containing a sugar substitute called xylitol seem to reduce cavity-causing bacteria on young children’s teeth, suggesting, researchers say, that candy could be turned into a weapon against tooth decay. Xylitol is a natural sweetener found in various plant sources. Research has shown that xylitol reduces levels of mutans streptococci bacteria, which are known to cause cavities. (Reuters)
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