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Early Introduction of Peanut Foods and Epigenetics Could Affect Peanut Allergy Development

Peanut allergies affect an estimated three million people in the U.S., and while there is currently no known cure or treatment, new research suggests that introducing peanut-containing foods during infancy may help prevent the development of a peanut allergy. As of January 2017, an expert panel sponsored by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) issued this new recommendation for peanut-containing foods. While these new guidelines may help reduce the incidence of children developing peanut allergies, a 2015 study suggests that genes and epigenetics also play a role.

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Quick and Appropriate Treatment for COFP Patient Could Lead to Healthcare Savings

For people living with chronic orofacial pain, quick and appropriate treatment is paramount and can be cost-saving. According to a study conducted in the United Kingdom and published in the Journal of Dental Research, "screening patients with a well-established graded chronic pain scale could ensure that those most severely affected immediately receive specialist care -- saving money." [1] While these findings are specific to the UK and highlight disparities in treatment modalities within that part of the world, the results are still valid and may be used to better develop and improve the U.S.’s current system of care.

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Dive In at the Dentist Before Scuba Diving Certification

Scuba diving may be the unsuspecting culprit behind several dental problems. This water-based recreational activity is exhilarating for participants and has grown in popularity. Per the Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI), the world’s leading scuba diver training organization, it has issued more than 24 million certifications around the world. But while millions of people are taking a dive into open waters, some of those people are reporting experiencing dental problems after their deep-sea adventure. According to research conducted by the University of Buffalo, the new pilot study found that 41% of divers experienced dental symptoms. Dental issues are rarely considered a factor in the scuba diving process, but considering this new information, divers may find that consulting with their dentist prior to their excursions could be beneficial.


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Vitamin D: A Vital Component for Bone and Overall Health

With recent studies suggesting a link between vitamin D deficiency and a host of conditions and ailments, it is becoming even clearer how crucial vitamin D is to overall health. According to data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys (NHANES), between 2001–2006, two-thirds of the population (roughly 67%) was vitamin D deficient. The human body needs vitamin D for a variety of reasons, but most importantly, vitamin D is necessary for the body to adequately absorb calcium and promote bone growth. While people can obtain a moderate amount of vitamin D through their diet by consuming certain foods, vitamin D derived from diet alone is not enough to sustain the human body. Too little vitamin D can quickly become problematic for babies and adults alike.

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Children Suffering from Sleep Apnea are at an Increased Risk for Depression

When sleeping becomes difficult or interrupted for children as a result of sleep apnea, this serious disruption could lead to equally serious issues such a depression or behavioral problems. A good night’s rest is crucial for everyone, but it is especially important for children, whose minds and bodies are developing at rapid rates. A child who suffers from sleep apnea will experience interrupted breathing and disrupted sleep and is unable to obtain adequate rest. Too little sleep can have dire health consequences and can lead to depression.

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