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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

6/11/14 Health News: HYPOALLERGENIC PEANUTS ♦ SCHOOL NUTRITIONISTS OPPOSE HEALTHIER MEALS ♦ Breathalyzer That Can Diagnose Cancer ♦ Dogs Diagnose Prostate Cancer

HYPOALLERGENIC PEANUTS MOVE CLOSER TO COMMERCIAL REALITY
Hypoallergenic peanuts, peanut butter, and other peanut products are a step closer to grocery stores with the signing of an exclusive licensing agreement for a patented process that claims to reduce allergens in peanuts by 98 percent. Continue Reading
WHY WOULD SCHOOL NUTRITIONISTS OPPOSE HEALTHIER MEALS?
(This blog post by Dr. Marion Nestle was published June 6, 2014, on Food Politics and is republished here with her permission.) Understanding why school nutritionists want to scrap USDA’s nutrition standards takes some effort. The question: Why is the School Nutrition Association (SNA) — the organization that represents the interests of “lunch ladies” — supporting Republican... Continue Reading
A Breathalyzer That Can Diagnose Cancer
If a fingerprint can tell someone who you are, a "breath print" could reveal how you're doing. That's according to Raed Dweik, the doctor who runs the pulmonary vascular program at the Cleveland Clinic's Respiratory Institute. For the past two decades, Dweik has been studying the molecular patterns in breath that can reveal what's happening inside the body. Though Dweik believes breath testing is the "next frontier" in medical diagnoses, technological advancements lag behind clinical ones. The "Holy Grail of breath testing" would be a Breathalyzer-style device that a person could carry in her pocketbook and use any time, Continue Reading
Hounds Astound: Prostate Cancer Found 100% (Around)

With an accuracy rate of nearly 100%, 2 specially trained dogs were able to detect prostate cancer with their olfactory system — by sniffing urine samples, according to a new study that is the largest of its kind. Italian researchers tested each dog's ability to sniff out prostate cancer in urine samples from 362 men with prostate cancer and 540 men with either non-neoplastic prostate disease or nonprostatic tumors. The dogs, German Shepherds named Liu and Zoey, had their day, time and again. Liu had an accuracy rate of 99.0%, with a sensitivity of 100.0% and specificity of 97.8%. Zoey had an accuracy rate of 97.0%,Continue Reading

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