New Study Indicates Why Children Are Likelier To Develop Food Allergies

LA JOLLA–(Newise)–An estimated 15 million Americans suffer from food allergies, many of them children. These are non-trivial concerns, as food allergy or intolerance can cause symptoms ranging from a harmless skin rash to a potentially lethal anaphylactic shock. The good news is that many affected children outgrow their allergy, presumably as the immune system learns […]

Chronic Pain Changes Our Immune Systems

(Newswise)–Chronic pain may reprogram the way genes work in the immune system, according to a new study by McGill University researchers published in the journal Scientific Reports. “We found that chronic pain changes the way DNA is marked not only in the brain but also in T cells, a type of white blood cell essential […]

Study Examines Link Between HPV And Risk Of Head And Neck Cancers

(Newswise)–Researchers at Albert Einstein College of Medicine have found that when human papillomavirus (HPV)-16 is detected in peoples’ mouths, they are 22 times more likely than those without HPV-16 to develop a type of head and neck cancer. The study was published online in JAMA Oncology and was led by Ilir Agalliu, M.D., Sc.D., and […]

San Diego Nonprofit Fresh Start Surgical Gifts to Host Free Public Screening Clinic

SAN DIEGO–Fresh Start Surgical Gifts, a San Diego-based nonprofit organization, will host its 2016 Fresh Start Screening Clinic for patients this week in San Diego. During the Fresh Start Screening Clinic, members of the medical program will screen local patients who can benefit from free-of-cost reconstructive surgery. Families can apply in-person during the clinic to receive […]

Palomar Health Offers Free Flu Shot Clinics

NORTH COUNTY–Flu season has arrived and the Center for Disease Control (CDC) has reported seeing an increase in flu activity in most of the country. Palomar Health is offering four additional free flu shot clinics this month at scheduled times and locations in Poway and Escondido. “Influenza is a highly contagious respiratory illness that can […]

Health Warning Labels May Deter Parents From Purchasing Sugar-Sweetened Beverages

PHILADELPHIA–(Newswise)–Health warning labels similar to those found on tobacco products may have a powerful effect on whether parents purchase sugar-sweetened beverages (SSB) for their children, according to a new study led by the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. The study is the first of its kind to examine the influence of […]

Even Children With Higher IQs Behave Better When Their Sleep Apnea Is Fixed

(Newswise)–Many doctors will ask about quality of sleep when children have problems at school, but new research shows it’s just as important to pay attention to how high achievers are sleeping. A study in today’s print edition of the International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology suggests doctors and parents should pay attention to snoring, labored breathing […]

Early-Life Exercise Alters Gut Microbes, Promotes Healthy Brain and Metabolism

(Newswise)–The human gut harbors a teeming menagerie of over 100 trillion microorganisms, and researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder have discovered that exercising early in life can alter that microbial community for the better, promoting healthier brain and metabolic activity over the course of a lifetime. The research, which was recently published in the […]

Bones Of Obese Children May Be In Trouble

Athens, GA–(Newswise)–Studies have shown that obese children tend to have more muscle, but recent University of Georgia research on the muscle and bone relationship shows that excess body fat may compromise other functions in their bodies, such as bone growth. In a literature review, lead author Joseph Kindler studied how muscle can influence different characteristics […]

Love In The Time Of Ebola: Study Reveals Factors Bolstering Altruism In Face Of Risk

WASHINGTON–(Newswise)–When the Ebola epidemic broke out in 2014, many people responded with fear and loathing, calling for travelers from West Africa to be quarantined, including health workers returning from Ebola-affected areas. Sound familiar? Responses to the Syrian refugee crisis bear some of the same hallmarks as the response to the Ebola epidemic. These and many […]