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Peanut allergy could be cured  in 3yrs
Parents of children allergic to peanuts can now heave a sigh of relief, thanks to a British doctor, who believes a cure for such allergies could be available within the next three years.

According to Dr Andrew Clark of Addenbrooke’s hospital in Cambridge, who is kicking off a 1-million-pound NHS sponsored research project on peanut allergy, the new study will help rid thousands of children of the potentially fatal disorder.He said the findings of the study could also mark the end for all food allergies. The new study comes after a successful trial in which 23 children were given tiny doses of peanut flour every day.

The dose was slowly increased and now these children can eat five or more nuts a day.
Previously these children would have been at the risk of anaphylactic shock or even death if they accidentally ate even a trace amount of peanut. It is believed this treatment worked because it used small doses of flour, put into yoghurt, which was eaten rather than earlier attempts that involved injecting peanut extract or oil.

Oz experts for new labelling system on food products
Health campaigners in Australia are calling for a new system of labelling on food products to help fight rising obesity rates.

The Obesity Policy Coalition argued that ‘daily intake’ labels could not be taken as ‘standard’ serving size for thousands of products.Coalition senior adviser Jane Martin said consumers could also be potentially confused or misled since the daily guide system was based on wildly differing serving sizes.

“In many cases, I think the serves underestimate what people would actually eat,” said Martin.The Coalition proposed a ‘traffic light’ system that identifies foods in red, amber and green according to their nutritional values per 100 grams and is placed on the front of products with the three colours to illustrate low, medium and high levels of fat, saturated fat, sugar and sodium.

However, Kate Carnell, from the Australian Food and Grocery Council, cast a shadow of doubt over the proposal, saying calculations based on 100 gram servings could also be confusing.

Cranberry juice may lower BP
Drinking cranberry juice can lower your blood pressure, according to a new research.
The study has been conducted by Roger Corder, professor at Queen Mary University of London.

Corder, the author of ‘The Red Wine Diet’, said: “Cranberry juice is a very promising alcohol-free alternative”.“We have now identified oligomeric procyanidins as the specific compound in cranberries that can boost the health of blood vessels, helping to prevent blood vessel constriction — a leading cause of high blood pressure.”

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