New Peanut Allergy Drug Could End The Deadly Epidemic

When it comes to food-related deaths in the United States, peanut allergy is the leading cause. Unfortunately, it is also one of the most common allergies in the country, and children are at a higher risk.

Many schools and child care centers have banned products that contain any traces of peanuts. Some food manufactures even tweaked their recipes so they can be nut-free, and those that aren’t able to do so added warning labels to their packaging.

For decades, researchers have been carrying out studies in hopes that they could come up with a cure or treatment plan that can help those who are currently suffering from the allergy and even prevent future cases.

Last year, experts found that if a child is introduced to peanuts starting at four months old, there’s a “moderate certainty” that the risk of developing a peanut allergy can be reduced. This conclusion was reached after looking at the results of more than 140 studies.

Now, a pharmaceutical company called Aimmune Therapeutics has been given the green light to develop a new treatment drug that could finally end the peanut allergy epidemic.

The U.S. company’s clinical trial has passed the FDA requirements after the results of its late-stage clinical study proved that their product is effective. Aimmune is now preparing to file for approval of their drug in the U.S. by the end of 2018.

Of course, we’re all curious about how this new treatment will work, and luckily, Aimmune has made the details of the drug public.

15 Home Remedies That Will Soothe Your Eczema

Eczema is one of those small, chronic conditions that can have a huge impact on your daily life.

If you’re living with eczema, also called dermatitis, you know how painful, irritating, and embarrassing your patches of inflamed skin can be. The next time you need relief, try these 15 remedies that you can do at home.

Remember: consult your dermatologist about any treatments for your dermatitis.

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One of the oldest tricks to treat eczema is also one of the most effective. Wet bandages, especially soaked in cold water, provide lasting relief for itchy skin, and they can be re-used daily.

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Look around your home and you’re bound to find products that make your eczema symptoms worse. Anything with perfumes or dyes, including laundry detergents, soaps, and cleaning products, should be replaced.

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Clothes that are too tight, scratchy, or made from certain fabrics (like wool) are known to make your skin itchy. Dermatologists recommend smooth, loose-fitting clothes, especially ones made from cotton.

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There are two main types of sunscreens: ones made from chemicals, and “physical” sunscreens made from zinc or titanium oxide.

The second kind is safer for patients with eczema, because it’s less irritating for your skin.

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Hot water can irritate your skin, and some patients find that even too much water can cause eczema flare-ups. Shorter showers, with water that’s warm but not hot, will help protect your skin.

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While any itch cream that is at least 1% hydrocortisone will soothe your skin, you probably have the perfect cream in your medicine cabinet. Calamine lotion is great for soothing skin.

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Let’s face it: eventually you’re going to scratch your itchy skin. Clipping your nails regularly prevents you from making the itching even worse by scratching inflamed skin.

Mitt Romney Secretly Underwent Cancer Treatment

Each year in the United States, approximately 455 per 100,000 men get diagnosed with some form of cancer, and 39.6% of men and women will be diagnosed with cancer at some point during their lifetimes, according to the National Cancer Institute.

This means that we all know someone, including celebrities, who already has or will have the disease. In the last few months, a number of well-known figures, including Bounty Hunter star Beth Chapman, Val Kilmer, Camille Grammer, and Senator John McCain have announced that they have cancer.

While these famous people are comfortable enough to share their diagnosis and open up about their battle against the awful disease, not all celebrities have done the same. This week, it was revealed that another U.S. politician has been battling cancer, and no one knew.

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According to the Associated Press, sources close to former presidential nominee Mitt Romney confirmed he was diagnosed and already underwent treatment.

So what’s his prognosis?

Doctors Warn To Watch Out For Frostbite As Winter “Bomb Cyclone” Approaches

As the temperature drops parents always fret about their children’s safety, but there’s a good reason to be more concerned this year.

Meteorologists are tracking a “bombogenesis,” or massive low pressure area which could bring snow and hurricane-force winds to parts of the Northeast this week. The country has already been feeling the chill this season, with freezing cold temperatures and snow as far south as Florida.

But despite the frightful weather conditions, parents tend to overlook the risk of frostbite. We imagine it’s something you catch while climbing Mount Everest, not walking to school, but in fact that isn’t true.

As the National Weather Service demonstrates in their wind chill chart, at temperatures of -5 degrees with winds gusting at 15 mph, it feels like -26 degrees outside, and takes just half an hour to get frostbite.

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With temperatures of -15 degrees and sharp 20 mph winds, it takes only 10 minutes to catch frostbite. And children are more vulnerable than adults because their skin loses heat faster.

Make no mistake, frostbite – and mild cases called “frostnip” – do happen, so parents should learn the signs of this condition and how to treat it.

New Technology That Lets Patients Hear Their Own Brainwaves May Cure PTSD

For those that suffer from it, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder can be one of the singularly most debilitating things imaginable. Brought about by surviving traumatic events (hence the title), some of the earliest research into the phenomenon is what gave us the diagnosis of “shell-shock” within soldiers, dating all the way back to as early as the First World War.

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As we’ve studied the disorder more and more over the last few years, we’ve learned that it can affect a number of victims, from people who’ve suffered sexual assault, traffic collisions, and other threats on their lives. The results are often mentally crippling, and can cause people who suffer from PTSD to constantly experience a sudden onrush of a “fight-or-flight” feeling when no danger is actually present.

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It’s estimated that nearly 9% of U.S. citizens develop PTSD at some point, and that number’s only expected to climb. However, researchers think they might have actually found a treatment for it, and strangely enough, the solution is to listen to your brain. Literally.

11 Doctor Approved Tricks You Can Use To Ease Your Arthritis Pain

Arthritis pain can be truly debilitating. Having your joints ache while you are trying to do anything can make even the simplest task a challenge. While there are of course many medications that can ease pain, people often look for other techniques that can help give them a little extra relief.

A lot of people turn to natural remedies, hoping they will help them find some comfort. While not everything will work for everyone, there are a few tricks and treatments that even doctors agree can help ease your pain.

Studies have found that ginger can help curb pain by activating the body’s anti-inflammatory response without the side-effects like some medications have. You can use raw, powdered or cooked ginger in your food or drink a ginger tea. Any way you digest it will help ease your pain.

A study found that a Mediterranean diet consisting of fruits, veggies, fish and olive oil helped lower the levels of inflammation in the body, helping patients regain some physical abilities.

Aromatherapy can be extremely beneficial in a variety of ways, including pain relief. Lavender can help reduce the stress hormone cortisol, which helps you be less aware of your pain. Other scents that can help you feel less pain include marjoram, rosemary and peppermint.

Even though it sounds like it’s the last thing you would want to do, holding your hands in hot water can actually help soothe pain. Not only that, the motion of actually cleaning the dishes will help keep your hands and fingers mobile.

Chamomile tea isn’t just for drinking! If you put four tea bags in a cup of water and let it steep for twenty minutes, you can then use that strong tea to help relieve your achy joints. Soak a clean cloth in the tea and apply it to the joint that hurts and it’ll help it feel better.

Get yourself two containers and fill one with ice water and the other with hot water that you can still stand to touch. Start by submerging the aching joint for one minute in the cold water, then switch to the hot water for 30 seconds. Repeat this for about 15 minutes, switching temperatures every 30 seconds. At the end of the 15 minutes, hold the joint in the cold water for a full minute.

There are more simple tricks you can use to help ease your arthritis pain…

Mother Diagnosed With Cancer, But Her Ex-Husband’s New Wife Is Trying To Save Her Life

You would think that your ex-husband’s new wife probably wouldn’t be your biggest cheerleader, but as it turns out they are sometimes the greatest friend you could ask for. Nicola Hitchen learned this first hand after she was diagnosed with stage four cervical cancer.

Hitchen was told in March that nothing could be done to stop the cancer, but she wanted to do everything she could to try to fight it. She had tumors in her abdomen, spine, liver and lungs, but she heard about a pioneering chemotherapy center in Turkey that might be able to help her.

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The treatment wasn’t cheap, it would cost £80,000 ($104k) for the first five session alone. Hitchen wouldn’t be able to afford the second round, but that’s when her ex-husband’s new wife stepped in to help her out.