Gut Bacteria That Protect Against Food Allergies Identified
The presence of Clostridia, a common class of gut bacteria, protects against food allergies, a new study in mice finds. The discovery points toward probiotic therapies for this so-far untreatable condition. Food allergies affect 15 million Americans, including one in 13 children, who live with this potentially life-threatening disease that currently has no cure, researchers note.
Nearly Half Of Americans Are Afraid The U.S. Will Experience An Ebola Outbreak, Despite Low Risk
Ebola has never been transmitted in the United States (and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention notes that it "does not pose a significant risk to the U.S. public"). Yet, four in 10 adults in the U.S. are afraid that there will be a large outbreak in this country, according to a recent survey from the Harvard School of Public Health.
Participants of Cardiac Clinic Trials Do Not Represent Real World Patients, Study Finds
A new analysis of clinical trial participation in the largest ongoing observational study of U.S. heart attack patients has found participants are not representative of the larger patient base, according to a study led by Women's College Hospital cardiologist Dr. Jay Udell. The study authors call into question the general applicability of the findings to the wider population, and suggest the use of broader enrollment criteria and existing patient registries to increase trial participation.
Today's Parents Less Able to Spot Obesity in Their Kids
Parents have become less able to realize when their child is overweight or obese, a new study finds. In fact, parents interviewed between 2005 and 2010 were 24 percent less likely to spot a weight problem in their child than parents interviewed between 1988 and 1994, the researchers said.