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Curbing COVID-19
Laurie Wiegler

Scientists are looking at the best ways to curtail the spread of the current novel coronavirus, COVID-19. Here's what seems to have worked. Read more >

Acne Treatment Lags for Non-Whites
Charlotte LoBuono

People of color get acne, too. You might never know it, though, looking at the data on prescriptions for acne medications. Read more >

Inflammation and the Unborn
Leslie Carr

Diabetes, obesity and hypertension create low-grade, chronic inflammation that can cause neurodevelopmental problems in the unborn. Read more >

Household Cleaners As Asthma Triggers
Leslie Carr

Cleaning sprays are hard on babies, especially if they are scented. They stay in the air for hours and are linked to childhood asthma. Read more >

Sidestepping Food Allergies
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Exposing babies to foods like eggs, peanuts, shellfish, and milk early on makes kids less likely to go on to develop food allergies. Read more >

Go Fish, Baby
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Giving kids fish starting at about a year old reduces the risk of asthma and eczema. And it's easy to do. Read more >

MS Treatment Costs Skyrocket
Neil Wagner

The average cost for a year's supply of MS drugs has more than quadrupled, jumping from about $18,000 to $76,000 since 2006. Read more >

Prevent Diabetes...with Plants
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Eating a plant-based diet can give your body a leg up against type 2 diabetes. But not all diets are the same. Read more >

Preventing Peanut Allergies
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Exposing infants to peanut proteins early is a good way to reduce their risk of an allergic reaction. Here's how to do it. Read more >

Summertime Flu? Not Likely
Leslie Carr

Our immune systems don't work so well in dry air. That's why influenza mostly takes hold in the cold. Read more >

Inflammation Weakens Aging Bones

Inflammation helps the body fight disease, but it can also harm bones. Read more >

Bug Bombs Bomb Out

A cockroach infestation is a health hazard. When it comes to exterminating the pests, one method is much more effective -- and safer. Read more >

Hold the Shellfish?
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

serious food allergies are far less common than we tend to think, but you can develop them even in adulthood. Read more >

Coffee, For Your Skin
Charlotte LoBuono

Caffeinated coffee could help keep a common skin condition in check. Read more >

PMS and Sexually-Transmitted Diseases
Charlotte LoBuono

The symptoms of premenstrual syndrome can be evidence of undiagnosed STIs, making it wise for doctors to take them more seriously. Read more >

When Kids Smoke Second-Hand
Alice G. Walton

Second-hand smoke has lots of risks for kids. Rheumatoid arthritis may be another. Read more >

Greenspace Is Good Medicine
Neil Wagner

Spending time in nature can protect you from diabetes and heart disease. Maybe it's time your doctor prescribed a trip to to the park. Read more >

A Game-Changer for Asthma
Charlotte LoBuono

A medication approved for treating eczema appears to relieve asthma symptoms and could change the course of the disease. Read more >

Why Immunity Fades with Age
Alice G. Walton

The epigenetic effects of lifestyle factors like stress, diet and what city you live in have a bigger effect on immunity than genes do. Read more >

The FDA's Premature Pronouncement on BPA
Neil Wagner

The FDA declared BPA to be safe, based on a yet-to-be-completed study. Scientists disagree. Read more >

Keeping MS at Bay
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

For people with multiple sclerosis, eating certain foods and a healthy lifestyle offer some protection from severe disability. Read more >

Colitis and IBS Start Where?
Alice G. Walton

People who have inflammatory bowel syndromes may be focused on the wrong end of their bodies. Read more >

Fasting's Metabolic Effects
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Fasting can reset cells' metabolism, helping the body burn fat and lose weight even without dieting. Read more >

Turning Asthma Inside-Out
Neil Wagner

Few would have thought exposure to pets, dirt and cockroaches would reduce the threat of asthma, but it seems they do. Read more >

Paper Tiger
Neil Wagner

Chemicals in fast food wrappers can remain in your body for up to 10 years. Read more >

Gum Disease Linked to Joint Disease
Charlotte LoBuono

Your gum disease may be putting you at risk for rheumatoid arthritis. One bacteria in particular appears to play a big role. Read more >

Autism and the Flu Vaccine
Esther Entin, M.D.

Childhood vaccinations don't cause autism spectrum disorders. But what about moms' flu vaccines? Read more >

The Real Culprit in Celiac?
Charlotte LoBuono

The cause of celiac disease and gluten intolerance may not be gluten after all. Read more >

Good-Hearted Chocolate Lovers
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

The news on chocolate keeps getting better. Now we know more about why it is so good for you. Read more >

A New Take on Food Allergies
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

It turns out to be a good idea to expose kids to eggs, peanuts and other foods linked to allergies — even gluten. Read more >

A Gluten-Free Hoax?
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

The number of people who've decided to go gluten-free without a diagnosis of celiac disease has tripled. Are they foolish? Read more >

Houseplants Clear Indoor Air Pollution
Alice G. Walton

Houseplants can play an important role in air quality — as filters for common household chemicals. Read more >

Fight Inflammation; Eat Nuts
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Chronic inflammation is a killer. Nuts can help. Just don't eat too many. Read more >

Protect Your Baby's Microbial Diversity
Charlotte LoBuono

Breastfeeding and avoiding antibiotics are two ways parents can safeguard the diversity of their children's gut microbes. Read more >

Gluten-Free Kids: A Bad Idea
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

A gluten-free diet can be life-saving if you have celiac disease, but it can cause nutritional deficiencies in others. Read more >

Fertilizer for Babies
Charlotte LoBuono

Breast milk is a complex mix of over 200 sugars that gets newborns off to a strong start. Read more >

Rethinking Peanut Allergies
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Exposing children to peanuts may help prevent serious allergic reactions, but talk with your pediatrician first. Read more >

When You Don't — and Do — Need Antibiotics
Esther Entin, M.D.

Why do people go to the doctor hoping to make cold symptoms disappear when it doesn't work and can be dangerous? Read more >

The Farm — And Dog — Effect
Alice G. Walton

When kids grow up with dogs (and cows or sheep), their risk of asthma is reduced. Read more >

What Noise Is Doing to Your Waistline
Neil Wagner

The more noise from trains, planes and automobiles you hear daily, the bigger your waist, and the more belly fat you are likely to have. Read more >

Air Pollution Raises Anxiety Levels
Esther Entin, M.D.

Air pollution puts your emotional health as well as your physical health at risk. Read more >

Chronic Fatigue Is Real, Not a State of Mind
Neil Wagner

Two studies put to rest the idea that chronic fatigue sufferers are malingerers or worse. Read more >

Type 1 Diabetes Linked to Infants’Gut Health
Sami Hocine

Children who go on to develop type 1 diabetes have less diverse microbiota. Read more >

Progress in The Search for the Cause of Peanut Allergy
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Two studies put a dent in peanuts' reign of terror among parents of school children. Read more >

Art, Nature, and Spirituality Can Help Protect Against Disease
Alice G. Walton

Experiencing a sense of awe may reduce inflammation – and depression. Read more >

Benadryl, Other Meds May Up Risk of Dementia
Neil Wagner

The more Benadryl and certain other anticholinergic drugs you take, the greater the risk of dementia. Read more >

How Much is Too Much When You Have a Food Allergy?
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

If you have a food allergy, vague warnings tell you little about the actual risks. Here's help. Read more >

Immersion Blenders May Leak Toxic Chemicals into Food
Neil Wagner

Some brands of hand blenders contain toxic chemicals that may be transferred to food. Not good for kids. Read more >

Penicillin Allergies May Fade with Time
Neil Wagner

Having a rash or hives as the result of penicillin treatment does not necessarily mean you are allergic. Get tested. Read more >

Scratching Really Does Make Itches Worse
Sami Hocine

The urge to scratch an itch is irresistible, but it really does make the itch worse. See why. Read more >

BPA Exposure Linked to Handling Register, Gas, and ATM Receipts
Sami Hocine

Thermal papers like register and ATM receipts can transfer the endocrine disruptor BPA to the skin, especially if skin lotions are used. Read more >

Rising Asthma Rates Appear Related to BPA Exposure
Sami Hocine

BPA may be behind the uptick in asthma among children. Read more >

Dry Roasting May Hold the Key to Peanut Allergies
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Peanut allergies are almost unknown in Asia. How they are prepared may be the reason. Read more >

Artificial Sweeteners May Cause Real Metabolic Problems
Charlotte LoBuono

Artificial sweeteners may cause the problems, such as glucose intolerance and diabetes, their use was intended to prevent. Read more >

Are Bacteria the Cure for Food Allergies?
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Having healthy gut bacteria, part of your microbiome, may help protect against the development of food allergies. Read more >

Early Exposure to Allergens Can Boost Infant Immunity
Esther Entin, M.D.

When it comes to allergens and bacteria, early exposure may be better than no exposure. Read more >

Fasting May Reboot the Immune System
Alice G. Walton

A couple days of fasting may help the immune system reboot. But don’t try it at home just yet. Read more >

Stem Cells Cure Mice of MS
Sami Hocine

Mice who had been unable to even stand to eat became fully mobile after a human stem cell transplant. Read more >

Herbal Treatment for Rheumatoid Arthritis As Effective As Methotrexate
Charlotte LoBuono

Made from the root of the thunder god vine, TwHF reduced inflammation as well as drugs and worked even better when used in combination with them. Read more >

Insomniacs Found to Have a Far Greater Risk of Stroke
Esther Entin, M.D.

If you often have trouble sleeping, consider it a serious health risk. Read more >

Stress Makes Allergies Worse
Leslie Carr

Stress appears to make allergies worse. Calming the mind can help. Read more >

Potentially Dangerous Fracking Chemicals Found in Ground Water
Charlotte LoBuono

Fracking increases the levels of hormone disrupting chemicals in the water supplies near sites. Read more >

FDA Begins Inquiry into The Effects of Antibacterial Soaps
Esther Entin, M.D.

The active ingredient has been found in breast milk. FDA investigates. Read more >

Psychobiotics, A Possible New Treatment for Depression
Alice G. Walton

We know probiotics are good for GI heath. They may also affect mental health. Read more >

Circadian Rhythms Appear to Influence The Body's Immune Response
Michael J. Gertner

Sleep disruptions affecting the body's circadian rhythms may be behind autoimmune problems like irritable bowel syndrome. Read more >

Psoriasis Drug Has Potential As Treatment For Type 1 Diabetes
Charlotte LoBuono

Alefacept, a drug used to treat psoriasis, helped diabetics produce their own insulin. Read more >

BPA and the Chlorine in Tap Water, A Bad Combination
Alice G. Walton

BPA meets chlorine as water flows through plastic or PVC pipes. The combo disrupts cell signals. Read more >

The Rising Threat of West Nile Virus
Charlotte LoBuono

Know the symptoms. And please, use insect repellent when mosquitoes are active. Read more >

Eczema May Make Infants Vulnerable to Food Allergies
Charlotte LoBuono

Irritated, inflamed skin may set the autoimmune response leading to food allergies in motion. Read more >

A Gene Behind the Body's Clock Affects Aging
Alice G. Walton

Maintaining a regular sleep-wake cycle keeps you healthy, and may help you live longer. Read more >

Plants Get A Healthy Boost from Circadian Rhythms
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Fruits and vegetables show cyclic changes in healthy phytochemicals even after being harvested. Read more >

Fat Cells Secrete Proteins Linked to Rheumatoid Arthritis
Charlotte LoBuono

Rheumatoid arthritis begins with factor D, secreted by fat cells in joints. Stop Factor D, stop RA. Read more >

Breast Milk and Necrotizing Enterocolitis
Esther Entin, M.D.

A breast milk appears to protect against a serious gastrointestinal problem facing babies. Read more >

The Fat-Autoimmunity Connection
Alice G. Walton

What being overweight does to your immune system is not good. Read more >

Too Much Sodium in the Diet May Trigger Autoimmune Diseases
Alice G. Walton

A high salt diet may trigger autoimmune diseases like multiple sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis. Read more >

Take a Stand: Sitting Is Linked to Diabetes
Alice G. Walton

Spending less time sitting could reduce your diabetes risk as much as adding vigorous exercise to your day. Read more >

New Guidelines to Help Prevent Food Allergy in Children
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

New guidelines recommend babies be gradually exposed to allergenic foods early to avoid wheat, egg, and other allergies. Read more >

Elderly Found to Respond Differently To Flu Vaccine
Charlotte LoBuono

Elderly adults, with their years of exposure and aging immune systems, respond differently to the flu vaccine. Read more >

Eating More Fast Food Is Linked to Kids' Risk for Asthma and Eczema
Alice G. Walton

Eczema and asthma have been linked to fast food consumption in kids. Another reason rates are soaring. Read more >

Tea's Many Health Benefits
Charlotte LoBuono

Tea is a plant food. And much like a serving of fruit or vegetables, it provides important health benefits. Read more >

Newborn Screening
Esther Entin, M.D.

Screening newborns for a variety of conditions saves lives. But finding care can be difficult. Read more >

Could a Culprit in Alzheimer's Disease Turn into a Treatment for Multiple Sclerosis?
Alice G. Walton

The culprit in Alzheimer's disease, amyloid-beta, might prevent multiple sclerosis. Come Again? Read more >

Could Some Dementias Be Autoimmune Diseases?
Alice G. Walton

One form of dementia may be the result of the immune system going haywire. Luckily, there might be.. Read more >

Can Bees Help Fight Prostate Cancer?
Neil Wagner

Caffeic acid phenethyl ester from the substance bees use to patch their combs, stops tumor growth... Read more >

Dogs May Protect Against Asthma
Neil Wagner

Having a dog around the house may help children develop the microbes they need to fight off RSV... Read more >

Belly Fat May Not Be All Bad
Alice G. Walton

Belly fat has a lot of negative effects, but researchers may have a found at least one benefit. Read more >

Exposure to Stress in Childhood Appears to Age Cells Prematurely
Esther Entin, M.D.

Stress, particularly violence, appears to prematurely age children at a cellular level, leaving... Read more >

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and the Brain
Alice G. Walton

Certain brain centers are less active in chronic fatigue syndrome patients, suggesting a new... Read more >

Endometriosis: Symptoms, Treatments, and Becoming Pregnant
Kenan Omurtag, M.D., and Amber R. Cooper, M.D., M.S.C.I.

When tissue from the lining of the uterus starts to grow outside it, fertility can be affected. Read more >

The Body's Clock And Its Role in Health
Alice G. Walton

Jet lag and seasonal depression are just two ways our bodies remind us that we have an inner clock that affects our health. Read more >

The Overuse of Allergy Tests
Neil Wagner

Many allergy tests are unnecessary. It helps to know what they show and what they don't. Read more >

Study Links PFCs to Poor Vaccination Response
Neil Wagner

Children's immune response to vaccines was greatly reduced if they had been exposed to a common... Read more >

Research Finds the Immune System A Key Player in Osteoarthritis
Michael J. Gertner

Osteoarthritis is a product of your immune system, not just wear and tear... Read more >

Green Veggies Aid Immune Response in the Gut
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

A lack of green vegetables turned off a chemical signal key to immune function in the gut. Read more >

Online Gamers Help Solve Mystery of Critical AIDS Virus Enzyme
Alice G. Walton

A team of online gamers helps researchers solve a critical piece of the AIDS puzzle... Read more >

Venus Williams Shares Her Battle with Sjogren's Syndrome
Alice G. Walton

The Grand Slam tennis player tells the world about her battle with Sjogren's syndrome Read more >

Are Hypoallergenic Dogs Just Hype?
Neil Wagner

Dog dander thought to be hypoallergenic may not be as allergen-free as hoped. Read more >

Untreated Celiac Women Go Through Menopause Earlier
Alice G. Walton

Women with undiagnosed celiac disease go through menopause earlier than celiac women who follow a gluten-free diet. Read more >

Friend or Foe? How Good Bacteria Trick the Immune System
Neil Wagner

Our body is host to a variety of beneficial bacterial bacteria. In fact, it normally recognizes them as part of us. Read more >

Researchers Are Figuring Out How to Turn Cancer Cells Off
Alice G. Walton

In certain conditions, cancer cells signal the immune system to "eat" them, leading to powerful... Read more >

More Evidence that XMRV Does Not Cause Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Neil Wagner

The supposed link between CFS and the XMRV virus may simply be lab contamination... Read more >

Beneficial Bacterial in the Gut May Prevent Autoimmune Diseases
Alice G. Walton

Beneficial bacteria stimulates the immune system, suggesting a new way to treat colitis. Read more >

Worm Therapy for Autoimmune Diseases
Neil Wagner

A California man cured his colitis and avoided major surgery by eating the eggs of parasitic worms. Read more >

New HIV/AIDS Pill Offers Big Protection When Used As Directed
Alice G. Walton

Truvada offers good protection from HIV infection. Will the CDC approve it? Read more >

Gout Continues to Rise
Neil Wagner

Gout is a painful inflammation of the joints caused by a build-up of uric acid. Sugary beverages increase the risk. Read more >

The Microbial Menagerie in Your GI Tract: Friends or Foes?
John Y. Kao, M.D., Nirmal Kaur, M.D., and Vincent B. Young M.D.,Ph.D.

Gastro-intestinal distress? Could be an imbalance among the billions of microbes in your GI tract. Probiotics may help. Read more >

More Evidence That a Virus Plays a Role in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Alice G. Walton

New evidence suggests (again) that chronic fatigue syndrome may be linked to a virus - but is it... Read more >

Pregnancy, Sunlight, and Multiple Sclerosis Risk
Esther Entin, M.D.

The risk of multiple sclerosis increases in parts of the world that receive less sun. Read more >

The Mere Sight of Illness Boosts the Immune System
Neil Wagner

Just seeing people who show symptoms of illness seems to stimulate the immune system. Read more >

Asthma Medications: New Guidelines Improve Safety
Esther Entin, M.D.

Short-acting beta agonists (SABAs) act by helping the muscles in the air passages of the lungs to relax and re-expand. Read more >

Researchers Find That Antibiotic Used to Treat Acne Also Suppresses HIV
Alice G. Walton

Minocycline helps prevent the HIV virus in infected human T cells from reactivating. Read more >

Mothers' Diet Can Lower the Risk of Eczema, Wheezing in Children
Esther Entin, M.D.

What a woman eats when pregnant and breastfeeding can reduce her child's chances of asthma and eczema. Read more >

New Study Questions Viral Link to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Neil Wagner

person needs to have unexplained fatigue for at least six months plus at least four of eight other symptoms to qualify as a CFS sufferer... Read more >

Researchers Help Children Build Tolerance to Peanuts over Time
Alice G. Walton

Some children with peanut allergies can become less dangerously allergic through immunotherapy. Parents should not try this on their own. Read more >

Tiny Molecule Might Thwart HIV Transmission
Alice G. Walton

Surfen, a molecule that prevents the HIV virus from communicating with an important compound in semen, holds promise as a means of prevention. Read more >

Two New Oral Drugs for MS on the Way
Neil Wagner

Patients in the clinical trial had to take the medication in only two or four courses of four to five days each per year. The new drugs worked as well as injectable interferon. Read more >

Research Suggests Link between Autoimmune Disorders and Pesticides
Alice G. Walton

Extended contact with household pesticides such as roach or termite sprays, appears to raise the risk of autoimmune diseases. Read more >

Researchers Uncover Why Dietary Fiber Supports Immune System Health
Alice G. Walton

Scientists have recently discovered why fiber is so good for the immune system. The answer lies in the by-products of the breakdown of fiber. Read more >

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Linked to Retrovirus, Researchers Say
Alice G. Walton

CFS sufferers, it is not just in your head. Researchers have discovered that a retrovirus (XMRV) is linked to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Read more >

Celiac Disease Can Affect the Elderly, Too
Alice G. Walton

Celiac disease, usually considered a young person's disease, may develop in the elderly. Read more >

Vaccines: Protecting Individuals, Communities and the World
Esther Entin, M.D.

Always check with your child's physician before delaying an immunization. Read more >

Immune System Works Better at Night, New Fruit Fly Study Suggests
Alice G. Walton

The immune system (of fruit flies at least) functions better at night than during the day. Flies were more likely to survive when encountering... Read more >

Rheumatoid Arthritis Drugs Ease Other Auto-Immune Disorders
Tom Gilbert

Anti-TNF compounds used to treat arthritis have a positive effect on B cells, which are involved in many autoimmune diseases. Read more >

Something to Lose Sleep Over — Sleep Loss and Your Health
Eve Van Cauter, Ph.D.

Professor of Medicine, University of Chicago School of Medicine, Chicago, IL. Read more >

HIV's Effect on the Immune System Worse than Thought
Tom Gilbert

People with HIV have been living longer and better since the development of highly active antiretroviral therapy (or HAART) in 1995. Read more >

Early Treatment Vital for Rheumatoid Arthritis
Tom Gilbert

Early and aggressive use of the latest rheumatoid arthritis drugs may lead to remission of this notoriously intractable disease. Read more >

Acute Pancreatitis
Stephen J. Pandol M.D.

Vaccine Gives Hay Fever Relief
Tom Gilbert

Researchers have successfully used an experimental DNA-based vaccine to protect against ragweed allergies, commonly known as hay fever, after just six injections. Read more >

In Trials: Treatments for Rheumatoid Arthritis
Peter Barland, M.D.

For some RA sufferers, the anti-TNF drugs are not effective. Two new drugs offer an alternative. Read more >

Stress and Allergy
Rosalind J. Wright, M.D., M.P.H., and Sheldon Cohen, Ph.D

Have you ever noticed that sometimes when you're having a really tough day, you sneeze a lot and your skin feels itchier? It's not a coincidence, your emotions may have been the trigger. Read more >

Meggan Mackay, M.D., M.S., and Peter Barland

Update on Fibromyalgia: A Real Pain
Tom Gilbert

For years, fibromyalgia sufferers have been telling sometimes skeptical doctors about their pain. Read more >

Fibromyalgia: Real or Imaginary?
M. Nergis Alnigenis (Yanmaz), M.D., and Peter Barland, M.D.

A low-impact exercise program may help relieve the symptoms of Fibromyalgia Syndrome. Read more >

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