Immunology

Cracks in the skin of eczema patients promote allergic diseases

Infants who develop eczema are more likely to develop food allergies, hay fever and asthma as they grow older, a progression known as the atopic march. Donald Leung, MD, Ph.D., head of Pediatric Allergy & Clinical Immunology ...

Health

Get the dirt on germs

Germs are lurking all around us, and they may be hiding in places that you had not even considered. Baylor College of Medicine's Isabel Valdez, physician assistant and instructor of general internal medicine, sheds light ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

How to fight norovirus, the 'cruise ship' germ

(HealthDay)—Whether it's infiltrating a cruise ship, a restaurant or a college dorm, the norovirus is often in the news. It's the leading cause of illness from contaminated food in the United States.

Health

Salt: how to cut back without losing that delicious flavour

One of the targets of the UK government's new health strategy is salt. Your body needs salt to function normally, but an excess leads to raised blood pressure and an increase in the risk of stroke and heart disease. Since ...

Immunology

Titanium dioxide nanoparticles can exacerbate colitis

Titanium dioxide, one of the most-produced nanoparticles worldwide, is being used increasingly in foodstuffs. When intestinal cells absorb titanium dioxide particles, this leads to increased inflammation and damage to the ...

Medical research

First human clinical trial of 'C dots' highlights their safety

(Medical Xpress)—Nanoparticles designed to adhere to and light up cancer cells have reached a major milestone in their bench-to-bedside journey. A first clinical trial of these ultrasmall, multifunctional particles has ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

New device IDs disease-causing germs

(HealthDay)—A new spectrometer system designed to identify 193 yeast and bacteria that are capable of making people sick has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Health

Want to get rid of that old tattoo? You're not alone

(HealthDay)—It seems that tattoos are everywhere these days, but along with the increase in people getting inked, the number of Americans undergoing procedures to have a tattoo removed is also on the rise, experts say.

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Food-safety expert warns, beware of Norovirus

The leading cause of foodborne disease is wreaking havoc this winter, according to a food-safety expert in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, who says people should try to limit their exposure to Norovirus and ...

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