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Pistachios can cut lung cancer risk

A daily dose of pistachios can help keep lung and other cancers at bay, says a new study.

“It is known that vitamin E provides a degree of protection against certain forms of cancer. Higher intakes of gamma-tocopherol, which is a form of vitamin E, may reduce the risk of lung cancer,” said Ladia M Hernandez, University of Texas.

“Pistachios are a good source of gamma-tocopherol. Eating them increases intake of gamma-tocopherol so pistachios may help to decrease lung cancer risk,” she said.

Pistachios are known to provide a heart-healthy benefit by producing a cholesterol-lowering effect and providing the antioxidants that are typically found in food products of plant origin.

Everyday germs prevent diseases in adulthood

Parents shouldn’t stop their kids from playing in the mud, for a new study suggests that early microbial exposures affect inflammatory processes related to diseases associated with aging in adulthood.

The research team from Northwestern University claims that exposure to infectious microbes early in life may actually protect individuals from cardiovascular diseases that can lead to death as an adult.

“Contrary to assumptions related to earlier studies, our research suggests that ultra-clean, ultra-hygienic environments early in life may contribute to higher levels of inflammation as an adult, which in turn increases risks for a wide range of diseases,” said Thomas McDade, lead author of the study, associate professor of anthropology in Northwestern’s Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences and a faculty fellow at the Institute for Policy Research.

Relatively speaking, humans only recently have lived in such hyper-hygienic environments, he added.

The study suggests that inflammatory systems may need a higher level of exposure to common everyday bacteria and microbes to guide their development.

Rhinitis quadruples chance of an asthma attack

Allergic rhinitis quadruples the likelihood of asthma patients having poor control over their symptoms, thereby increasing the chance of an asthma attack, says a new study.

In the new research, experts found that most asthmatic patients suffer from hayfever-like symptoms known as allergic rhinitis, triggered by indoor allergens.

The study published in the ‘Primary Care Respiratory Journal’ suggests that if the runny nose is not treated, it can quadruple the chance that asthma symptoms will also get out of control and even lead to an asthma attack.

According to Professor David Price from the University of Aberdeen, and one of the study’s authors, allergic rhinitis could be as bad for asthma patients as smoking.

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