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Two kitchens may be unnecessary for celiac families

A recent study conducted at Children’s National Hospital in Washington, D.C., shows that this labor-intensive and costly step may not be necessary. After testing several different scenarios thought to pose a high risk of gluten transfer, researchers there found that no significant amount of transfer occurred during common food preparation tasks.

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E-cigarette use continues alarming climb among teens

At a time when vaping has been directly linked to more than 1,000 serious lung illnesses and several deaths across the country, results of the most recent Monitoring the Future survey of high school students are also extremely troubling. Data from the national survey of students in the eighth, 10th and 12th grades shows that the number of teens who use e-cigarettes has doubled over just the last two years.

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E-cigarette use continues obesity causing cancer shift to younger Americans

According to the most recently available Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System [BRFSS] data, the percentage of Americans who are obese has risen to 39.6% of U.S. adults over age 20. Along with this increase, new diagnoses of a dozen types of cancer linked to obesity are also shifting to younger Americans, according to a recent report.

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New peanut allergy drug on the horizon

In late September, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's Allergenic Products Advisory Committee voted in favor of approving a drug called Palforzia, a medicine designed to minimize both the incidence and severity of allergic reactions in kids between the ages of 4 and 17 with peanut allergies.

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More college students voting

College students can no longer be considered apathetic when it comes to making their voices heard at the polls. Their voting rates in the 2018 midterm elections doubled compared to the 2014 midterms, according to the Democracy Counts report recently issued by Tufts University’s Tisch College for Civic Life.

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Sugary drinks may contribute to early death

A large, long-term study shows that sugar-sweetened beverages [SSBs] including sodas, energy and sports drinks, fruit drinks and others, are the single largest source of added sugar in the average American’s diet. It also found that the more of those beverages people consume, the greater their risk of dying early, particular of cardiovascular disease and to a lesser extent from cancer.

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Should OB-GYNs bring up patients’ declining fertility?

A recent survey of OB-GYN physicians found that most don’t counsel their patients about their declining odds of conceiving a child as they age. At a time when many American women are putting off starting a family until well into their thirties or even their forties, most OB-GYN physicians are uncomfortable discussing a woman’s closing “fertility window” with her unless asked, according to a new study.  In a survey of about 120 doctors regarding whether they regularly counsel their patients on fertility and aging, nearly all said they provide more information about contraception than pregnancy timing, regardless of a woman’s ...

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