Zinc supplements boost immune system in children

Zinc supplementation boosts immune system in children, Cochrane Review finds – Zinc supplements reduce diarrhoea and other infections in malnourished children, and may prevent death. This study is the first Cochrane systematic review to focus on zinc as a means to prevent childhood death, including deaths caused by diarrhoea, one of the biggest killers of under-fives.

Codeine often prescribed to children in U.S. emergency rooms

UCSF study finds codeine often prescribed to children in U.S. emergency rooms, despite available alternatives – Despite its potentially harmful effects in children, codeine continues to be prescribed in U.S. emergency rooms. There is a need to change prescription behaviors to promote the use of better alternatives to codeine, such as ibuprofen or hydrocodone.

Understanding persistent bacteria can lead to improved therapies

Hebrew University researchers reach breakthrough on understanding persistent bacteria — Work can lead to improved therapies in the future – The mechanism by which some bacteria are able to survive antibacterial treatment has been revealed for the first time by Hebrew University of Jerusalem researchers. Their work could pave the way for new ways to control such bacteria.

Tongue controlled wheelchair better than sip and puff model

Clinical Trial Shows Tongue-Controlled Wheelchair Outperforms Popular Wheelchair Navigation System – A new study shows that the wireless and wearable Tongue Drive System outperforms sip-and-puff in controlling wheelchairs. In the study, individuals with paralysis were able to use a tongue-controlled technology to access computers and execute commands for their wheelchairs at speeds that were significantly faster than those recorded in sip-and-puff wheelchairs, but with equal accuracy.

Nut consumption lowers risk of diseases

Large study links nut consumption to reduced death rate — Research also shows people who eat nuts weigh less – In the largest study of its kind, people who ate a daily handful of nuts were 20 percent less likely to die from any cause over a 30-year period than were those who didn’t consume nuts, say scientists from Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and the Harvard School of Public Health.

Arsenic in rice and rice products is low

On September 6, 2013, FDA released the analytical results of approximately 1,100 new samples of rice and rice products as part of a major effort to understand and manage possible arsenic-related risks associated with the consumption of these foods in the U.S. marketplace. – The levels FDA found in its testing are too low to cause immediate or short-term adverse health effects. FDA’s work going forward will center on long-term risk and ways to manage it with a focus on long-term exposure.

Four cups of coffee or tea a day beneficial to a healthy liver

Coffee and tea may contribute to a healthy liver — four cups of coffee or tea a day may be beneficial in preventing and protecting against the progression of NAFLD in humans – Increased caffeine intake may reduce fatty liver in people with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), revealed by researchers in a new study. Surprise! Your morning cup of tea or coffee may be doing more than just perking you up before work.

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