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Young children who suffer from allergy to raw egg are being fed cake containing baked egg in a new study aimed at helping children to outgrow their allergy.

 "Egg allergy is the most common food allergy in Australia, affecting 9% of young children," says University of Adelaide PhD student Merryn Netting, from the Women's and Children's Health Research Institute (WCHRI).
 

 Ms Netting, who is based at the Women's and Children's Hospital, has 20 years' experience as a paediatric dietitian.

dark chocolateGood news for chocolate lovers. New research from Swinburne University of Technology has found that the polyphenols in dark chocolate increase calmness and contentedness.

Polyphenols are found naturally in plants and are a basic component of the human diet. These compounds have been shown to reduce oxidative stress which is associated with many diseases.

Many of today's school teachers opt for dustless chalk to keep hands and classrooms clean. But according to a study published in the May issue of Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, the scientific journal of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI), this choice in chalk may cause allergy and asthma symptoms in students that have a milk allergy.

Casein, a milk protein, is often used in low-powder chalk. When milk allergic children inhale chalk particles containing casein, life-threatening asthma attacks and other respiratory issues can occur.

Eating oily fish while avoiding red meat can help prevent memory loss in later life, a study suggests.

People who adhere to a Mediterranean-style diet are 19 per cent less likely to encounter problems with their thinking and memory skills by their sixties.

Eating foods rich in Omega 3 fatty acids, such as fish, chicken and salad dressing, and limiting the amount of red meat, saturated fats and dairy products we consume could help ward off conditions like dementia, researchers said.

Overconsumption of alcohol creates a different kind of liver damage that affects key organ functions 

wineLong after a hangover, a night of bad decisions might take a bigger toll on the body than previously understood. Described in the current issue ofAlcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research, a study at the University of Missouri has revealed a unique connection between binge drinking and the risk for developing alcoholic liver disease and a variety of other health problems.


"In our research, we found that binge drinking has a profound effect on the liver in various modes of alcohol exposure," said Shivendra Shukla, PhD, Margaret Proctor Mulligan Professor at the University of Missouri School of Medicine and corresponding author of the study.

According to researchers, just being outdoors could help lower the incidence of myopia in school-aged children.

children-playingWe have always heard that fresh air is good for kids.  Pediatricians will suggest a stroll outside to calm a fussy baby, and they encourage outdoor play to help children develop their gross motor skills. 

Now new research suggests another reason to be outside: children who play in natural light may reduce their chances of developing myopia, or nearsightedness.


In one of the largest studies of myopia to date, researchers tracked more than 4,000 kids for eight years and found a link suggesting that how much time kids spend outdoors plays a role in eyesight. 

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