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Sunday, December 7, 2014

12/7/14 Health News: New approach to treating asthma ♦ Mediterranean diet linked to longer life ♦ Fracking chemical can harm reproduction ♦ Compound eliminates malaria parasite

Novel approach to treating asthma: Neutralize the trigger
Current asthma treatments can alleviate wheezing, coughing and other symptoms felt by millions of Americans every year, but they don't get to the root cause of the condition. Now, for the first time, scientists are reporting a new approach to defeating asthma by targeting the trigger -- the allergen -- before it can spark an attack Continue Reading
Mediterranean diet linked to longer life
Eating a Mediterranean diet might help extend your lifespan, suggests a study. The diet appears to be associated with longer telomere length -- an established marker of slower aging Continue Reading
Chemicals released during natural gas extraction may harm reproduction, development
Unconventional oil and gas operations combine directional drilling and hydraulic fracturing to release natural gas from rock. Discussions have centered on potential air and water pollution from chemicals and how they affect the more than 15 million Americans living within one mile of UOG operations. Now, a researcher has conducted the largest review of research centered on fracking byproducts and their effects on human reproductive and developmental health Continue Reading
Promising compound rapidly eliminates malaria parasite

A promising anti-malarial compound tricks the immune system to rapidly destroy red blood cells infected with the malaria parasite but leave healthy cells unharmed, an international group of researchers has found. Planning has begun for safety trials of the compound in healthy adults. Continue Reading

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