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Peanut allergy treatment ‘lasts up to four years’

An oral treatment for peanut allergy is still effective four years after it was administered, a study has found. Children were given a probiotic, with a peanut protein, daily for 18 months. When tested one month later, 80% could tolerate peanuts without any allergic symptoms and after four years, 70% of them were still able to eat peanuts without suffering any side-effects. Food allergies have risen dramatically in recent decades, with peanut allergy one of the most deadly. Lead researcher Prof Mimi Tang, of Murdoch Childrens Research Institute in Melbourne,…

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Breastfeeding woman asked to ‘cover up’ in London museum

A woman breastfeeding her one-year-old child was asked to ‘cover up’ her breast in a museum in London even as the World Breastfeeding Week to spread the awareness about the value of breastfeeding for mothers as well as children was being observed across the globe. Instead of bearing that in silence, she took to Twitter to express her amazement. The woman, who posts as @vaguechera on Twitter, said she had “flashed a nanosecond of nipple” in London’s Victoria and Albert Museum’s courtyard when she was told to conceal her breast….

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Vitamin E Deficiency May Affect Learning Skills in Babies, Load up on the Nutrient With these Foods

Pregnant women have to be extremely careful about the food they consume as it not only nourishes the mother but also the baby in the womb. Any deficiency can lead to health problems in the new born. According to a new research, babies who lacked vitamin E nourishment while in the womb are likely to be at an increased risk of developing impairments in mental skills that include learning and metabolic problems. The study was carried out on zebrafish because their neurological development is similar to that of a human,…

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Antibiotics may up birth defects in newborns

Beware would-be-mothers as a study has recently found that certain antibiotics during pregnancy may increase risk of major birth defects in your newborn. The findings indicated that amoxicillin, cephalosporins and nitrofurantoin were not associated with birth defects. Although the absolute risks for birth defects were small, physicians should consider prescribing other antibiotics when treating patients with infections during pregnancy. Senior author Anick Berard said that infections during pregnancy are frequent and should be treated. Berard added that the study highlights safer options for treatment of infections, more specifically urinary tract infections or…

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DU’s second cutoff likely to dip by up to 3% points, many seats left

The second cutoff list for admissions to colleges under the Delhi University will be announced on July 1. Many colleges are likely to drop their cutoff by 0.25% to 3% points across the courses. The admission under the second cutoff list will start on July 1 and will continue till July 4. At Shri Ram College of Commerce (SRCC), admission to Economic (Hons) in general and OBC categories will be closed, but BCom (Hons) will have a second list. “The drop will not be much. There is a possibility of…

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Cooking Up Masoor Dal: From Masoor Musallam to Sabut Masoor Khichdi

“Can you tell me the origin of, Yeh mooh aur masoor ki dal?” pings my friend Gautam Babbar from Vienna, one fine evening. It’s a muhavra that has been bothering him for a while. Now, it’s bothering me as well. Hence, this piece. The idiom obviously suggests that “Masoor ki Dal” must have been held in rather high esteem at some point so that a lowly creature aspiring to the lentil could be derided thus. Some accounts suggest that it was once dubbed “mallika masoor”, the queen of lentils, because it was favoured by…

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