A Cure for Peanut Allergies?

Food allergies are on the rise, making school, traveling, and even birthday parties risky business for many children. However, there might be a cure: in a 2014 study of Oral Immunotherapy treatment (OIT), over 80% of participants were able to eat the equivalent of about five peanuts after OIT. Continue reading

Getting the “Just Right” Amount of Folic Acid

Making sure pregnant women get the appropriate amount of folic acid or folates is an easy way to protect their unborn child’s health. Men and older women also benefit from folic acid. Most people consume too little folic acid rather than too much, but getting too much can also be harmful. Continue reading

Pets and Health: The Impact of Companion Animals

Animals play an important role in many people’s lives. In addition to seeing-eye dogs and dogs that can be trained to detect seizures, animals can also be used in occupational therapy, speech therapy, or physical rehabilitation to help patients recover. Aside from these designated therapeutic roles, animals are also valued as companions. Learn more about the possible benefits of that companionship. Continue reading

Another reason to keep the weight off: knee pain and the risk of surgery

December 2013. When it comes to knees giving out or having problems, it turns out that excess weight is just as bad as or maybe worse than getting older. Changes in diet and exercise can reduce your pain and help you avoid or delay surgery. Continue reading