Most people believe – and have been told by health professionals – that it's essential to finish a course of antibiotics to prevent antibiotic resistance. But this advice is not only wrong, it could actually be harmful, asserts Lyn Gilbert, Clinical Professor in Medicine and Infectious Diseases at University of Sydney.
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Sensitivities to particular substances, from peanuts to pollen, make millions of us miserable, and can be fatal. The mechanism or 'how' of allergies is understood, but the 'why' is still open to debate. Master immunologist, Ruslan Medzhitov of the Yale School of Medicine, believes his research into the 'why' of allergies could eventually lead to dramatic changes in how they are treated.
Figuring out why the French have low cardiovascular disease rates despite a diet high in saturated fats has spurred research and many theories to account for this phenomenon known as the "French paradox". Most explanations focus on wine and lifestyle, but a key role could belong to another French staple: cheese.
Although there is no universal standard definition of a super seed or superfruit, they are often described as providing a number of nutrients and health benefits all in one package. An article in the March 2015 issue of Food Technology published by the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT), reports on nine seeds and superfruits that fit the bill for consumers' desire for natural, minimally-processed foods.
Controversial ground has been laid for the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans with the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) releasing on February 19 its non-binding recommendations to the USDA and the Dept of Health and Human Services (including the FDA). Although consumers rarely pay direct attention to the guidelines, the first to be issued in five years, they will influence everything from school lunches to doctors’ dieting advice.
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