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You May Have a Gluten Allergy

unduhan-55So, you’re feeling tired and headachy, and your digestive system is off (and has been for what seems like forever). Maybe you have some other symptoms: a rash, dandruff, a feeling that you’re operating in a depressed and disorganized manner, or are just in a fog. And maybe you’ve been trying to get pregnant, but it’s not working …and you have no idea why.

You’ve heard about gluten and know that lots of people are going gluten-free, and you start to wonder: Could I have a gluten allergy, too?

Well, maybe. There are actually five different kinds of gluten allergies, and each has its own set of signs and symptoms. Still, there’s plenty of overlap between these five conditions, and many of their symptoms involve the types of sometimes vague problems listed above: digestive issues, skin issues, and neurological issues.

Of course, not everyone with these symptoms will have a gluten allergy — there are plenty of other possible causes for each. But the possibility is worth considering if you and your physician can’t identify other potential reasons for your problems. Suffering from one or more of these nine signs could indicate that you may have a gluten allergy and should have some testing done, or that you should talk to your doctor about a trial of the gluten-free diet.

Not everyone with a gluten-related issue suffers from digestive problems, but enough people do have this issue to make it number one on our list.

These “problems” can involve diarrhea, constipation, reflux, or simply abdominal pain, and they’re frequently seen when you have one of the two most common types of gluten allergy: celiac disease and non-celiac gluten sensitivity.

In some cases, people who’ve been diagnosed with irritable bowel syndrome actually have a form of gluten allergy, and when they stop eating gluten, their IBS diminishes or goes away entirely.

Do you need to have digestive symptoms to have a gluten allergy? Nope, not at all — in fact, lots of people have one of the other issues on our list as their primary symptom, and report having cast iron stomachs. But if you do have dysfunctional digestion, it’s possible that gluten is the cause.

Cheeses For Your Health

While cheese can be high in saturated fat and salt, it contains many essential nutrients like calcium and protein. There are now many options on the market that offer low-fat and low-sodium versions of your favorites. We’ll help you take a closer look at whether these alternatives can be part of a healthy diet and what varieties of cheese are the healthiest.

Check out the slideshow above to discover the best and worst cheeses to buy.

Drink at least 10 to 12 glasses of water per day. Cut out all non-diet soft drinks, juice, milk, sweetened iced tea and alcohol. These drinks are empty calories you consume, since they are highly caloric and do not offer much nutritional value. If more variety is needed, diet soda, unsweetened tea and black coffee are also allowable low-calorie options.

When most people go out to eat, they expect an establishment to prepare their food in a manner that’s representative of the restaurant’s reputation and price point. If you pay $20 or $30 for a meal, you probably expect it to be prepared carefully and with quality ingredients, whereas if you pay three bucks for a meal, you may expect a few shortcuts here and there. But, at the end of the day, even if restaurants microwave nacho cheese sauce or prepare a few ingredients in advance, the meal should still be delicious (and safe) — no matter how much it costs.

But if you have any experience working in the restaurant business, you know that restaurants — as profit-generating businesses — place a great deal of effort into reducing their costs. And, some of these costreduction tactics are not exactly, well, appetizing to say the least.

Men prefer larger women

Think thin women are your “type,” men?

That may change as your stress levels rise.

A new study from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, published in the journal Ethology, found that men undergoing high levels of stress find heavier women more attractive than their less-stressed cohort does.

Researchers at the university polled men going through grueling army cadet training, as well as those whose environments were unchanged and largely stress-free.

The study found that as the cadets’ stress level increased, they were more likely to rate heavier female faces highly. This is likely because women who appear heavier are better able to survive tough times — like a famine or war — and continue to reproduce, the study authors posit.

In documents published this week, inspectors found that a fifth of the water in the Yangtze’s feeder rivers in one province was unusable, and thousands of tonnes of raw sewage were being deposited into one river in northeastern Ningxia each day.

Worried about unrest, China launched its war on pollution in 2014, vowing to reverse the damage done to its skies, rivers and soil by more than three decades of breakneck industrial growth.

Texas heart surgeon

Dr. Denton Cooley, a Texas surgeon who performed some of the earliest heart transplants and implanted the world’s first artificial heart, has died.

Linden Emerson, a spokeswoman for the Texas Heart Institute in Houston, says Cooley died on Friday. He was 96.

In 1969, Cooley implanted the world’s first artificial heart as a temporary measure while a heart transplant was arranged. A year earlier, he had performed the first successful human heart transplant in the U.S.

Cooley contributed to the development of techniques to repair and replace diseased heart valves and was renowned for operations to correct congenital heart problems in infants and children.

Before Kybella became available, doctors offered liposuction or a direct incision as options for double chin improvement, but both are invasive, carry more risks and side effects and include significant downtime.

Kybella is a more benign option, though it does involve injections and possible side effects. In clinical trials, 4.3 percent of participants experienced temporary nerve paralysis as a side effect.

If the solution is injected superficially, the hair follicles can be damaged and result in bald areas, or a skin sore that will heal. Numbness can last up to six weeks.

Some patients may also feel as though they have difficulty swallowing or even breathing after the treatment, but it’s a mental perception, not a physical side effect, Russo said.

What’s most attractive to men about Kybella is that there is little to no downtime before they can resume their normal activities.

“They want to come in, get it done and be back to work the next day,” Burgdorf said.

Microphone from autistic boy

A West Virginia teacher is facing criticism after grabbing a microphone from an autistic boy during a Thanksgiving Day-themed play.

Fox 5 New York reported a video of the incident is starting to go viral, garnering more than 103,000 views on YouTube since Amanda Riddle, the boy’s mother, posted it. The video shows children in costumes approach the microphone on stage to thank the audience and wish them a happy Thanksgiving. But when it comes time for Caleb Riddle, 6, to speak, a woman is seen yanking the mic from its stand, the news station reported.

“I left in tears because one teacher Mrs. Linsey I think her name is grabbed the microphone from Caleb and in a mean way,” Riddle wrote on YouTube with the video, which she titled “Mean Teacher.” “My son is a little different I know this but his heart is so big and he loves everyone. What does it matter if he wanted to say gobble gobble he was the turkey after all. I’m sick of kids that are not considered ‘normal’ be treated the way they are.” did not verify the school teacher’s name.

Dr. Mark Manchin, of the boy’s school district, told 5 News the teacher didn’t intend to be malicious and that “a mistake was made.”

“This teacher, as all of our teachers, truly care about these young boys and girls,” Manchin told 5 News. “The program was over, at least as I understand, and the teacher had taken the microphone.”

He added the teacher “feels very bad” about the incident.

Parts of China water quality

China is making progress in battling the damaging smog that can shroud its big cities, but in many areas – from parts of the giant Yangtze river to the coalfields of Inner Mongolia – its water pollution is getting worse.

Despite commitments to crack down on polluters, the quality of water in rivers, lakes and reservoirs in several regions has deteriorated significantly, according to inspection teams reporting back to the Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP).

In documents published this week, inspectors found that a fifth of the water in the Yangtze’s feeder rivers in one province was unusable, and thousands of tonnes of raw sewage were being deposited into one river in northeastern Ningxia each day.

Worried about unrest, China launched its war on pollution in 2014, vowing to reverse the damage done to its skies, rivers and soil by more than three decades of breakneck industrial growth.

“We still have a lot of work to do,” vice-minister Zhao Yingmin said at a press briefing on Friday.

“First, I’d say the point of inspections is to discover problems, and indeed we discovered in some places water quality has gotten significantly worse,” he said, noting, though, that the overall situation was improving.

Over the first nine months of this year, 70.3 percent of samples taken from 1,922 surface water sites around China could be used as drinking water, up 4 percentage points from a year ago, Zhao said.


China has long been worried about a water supply bottleneck that could jeopardize future economic development. Per capita supplies are less than a third of the global average.

A survey published by the MEP last year showed that nearly two thirds of underground water and a third of surface water was unsuitable for human contact, with much of it contaminated by fertilizer run-offs, heavy metals and untreated sewage.

China’s priority, though, has been air pollution, especially in industrialized regions like Beijing and Hebei, and it said this week that concentrations of harmful small particles, known as PM2.5, fell 12.5 percent in January-October.

“With air, you stop pollution at the source, and the blue skies come back instantly,” said Ma Jun, director of the Institute of Public and Environmental Affairs, which monitors Chinese water pollution.

“For water, you can stop pollution at the source, but you still have the polluted sediment and the soil that is going to leech into the water, and it’s going to take much longer.”

Hostility could be harmful to women

images-33Hostility is linked to poor heart health, and a new study reveals what may happen in women’s bodies that may explain this link.

Scientists have known that, in women, optimism is associated with a reduced risk for heart disease, and that “cynical hostility” — or a general mistrust of other people — has been linked to a higher risk for heart disease, according to a previous study.

What has been unclear, however, is what mechanism optimism and hostility act through to influence women’s heart health. In other words, why do these traits have such effects on heart disease risk?

In the new study, the researchers showed that the missing link could be something called heart rate variability, said Dr. Elena Salmoirago-Blotcher, an epidemiologist and assistant professor of medicine at Brown University School of Medicine and the lead author of the study. Salmoirago-Blotcher is also a research scientist at the Miriam Hospital Centers for Behavioral and Preventive Medicine.

The study revealed that women with higher levels of hostility had a lower heart rate variability, on average, compared with women with lower levels of hostility.

Heart rate variability is a measure of how much the time interval between heart beats varies from moment to moment, Salmoirago-Blotcher told Live Science. A person’s heart rate is not steady, rather, there can be tiny variations in the interval between beats, Salmoirago-Blotcher said.

In general, a higher heart rate variability is a good thing, Salmoirago-Blotcher said. It shows that the part of the nervous system that speeds up the heart rate and the part that slows it down are working in balance, she said. For example, research has shown that women with depression have a lower heart rate variability, Salmoirago-Blotcher said. Salmoirago-Blotcher presented her findings here Monday (Nov. 14) at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions annual meeting.

Hostility and heart health

In the new study, the researchers looked at data on more than 2,600 women who were enrolled in a study called the Myocardial Ischemia and Migraine Study (MIMS). MIMS was a part of the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI). The women in the study were, on average, 63 years old.

As a part of the MIMS study, the women had their heart’s electrical activity measured an electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG) test. In the new study, the researchers used this data to calculate their heart rate variability. In addition, the researchers had data from the WHI about how optimistic and hostile the women were, based on their answers to two questionairres.

Hostility may increase the activity of the part of the nervous system that revs up a person’s fight or flight response, Salmoirago-Blotcher said.

Salmoirago-Blotcher noted that the researchers found that the women in the study who were more hostile were also more likely to have high blood pressure, high cholesterol and obesity, compared with those who were less hostile.

Risk when intersections

Bicycle riders are more likely to be seriously injured in vehicle crashes at intersections where streets don’t meet at right angles, according to a study in New York City.

Planners could factor in this added risk when designing bike lanes and other protections for cyclists, the study authors write in Injury Prevention.

Bicycling offers great health benefits but issues of safety are a huge barrier to people choosing bikes as their transportation, lead author Morteza Asgarzadeh of Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston told Reuters Health.

In the U.S., most bicycle-vehicle crashes occur at intersections, “yet we still don’t have proper protective bicycling infrastructure at intersections across the country,” Asgarzadeh said by email.

It would be very expensive for cities to overhaul all intersections, so the research team sought to identify which intersections might pose the greatest risk, Asgarzadeh said.

The researchers mapped the location of 3,266 bicycle and car crashes using GPS information recorded by New York police in 2011. They used police records and Geographic Information Service (GIS) maps to determine intersection angles, street width, presence of bike lanes, speed limits and average traffic level at the crash locations.

The study team also collected details about the accidents including the age and sex of the bicyclist, time of day, road conditions, type of vehicle involved in the crash and severity of the bikers’ injury.

The majority – 60 percent – of bike and car crashes happened at street intersections.

Compared with crashes at right-angle intersections, crashes at non-right angle intersections were 37 percent more likely to results in severe injury for cyclists.

Crashes that didn’t happen at intersections were also 31 percent more likely to cause serious injury compared with crashes at right-angle intersections.

When crashes were not at an intersection, they were more likely to happen on narrow streets less than 100 feet wide, although street width wasn’t linked to the severity of cyclist injuries.

Pancreas safe for hospitalized diabetics

unduhan-56An automatic insulin delivery system that has performed well in type 1 diabetes patients also proved safe and feasible for type 2 diabetes patients on a general hospital ward, according to a U.K. study.

The so-called artificial pancreas, or closed-loop insulin delivery system, monitors blood sugar levels and increases or decreases insulin delivery in response – approximating how a healthy pancreas would work, researchers write in The Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology.

The system eliminates the skin-pricks and manual insulin injections that many type 2 diabetes patients currently rely on, the authors note.

The artificial pancreas “allows more responsive insulin delivery and the expectation, so far supported by clinical studies, is that health outcomes can be improved,” said senior author Dr. Roman Hovorka of the University of Cambridge Metabolic Research Laboratories.

But it costs more than injections and requires patients to wear a device around the clock, Hovorka told Reuters Health by email.

For the study, the researchers enrolled 40 adults with type 2 diabetes who were receiving insulin therapy in general wards at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge. Half received closed-loop insulin delivery and half received conventional insulin injections for three days.

The artificial pancreas includes a glucose sensor inserted into the skin, which took measurements every 1 to 10 minutes and used the information to determine how much insulin to deliver.

Patients with the artificial pancreas spent about 60 percent of the three-day study period in their target blood sugar range, compared to an average 38 percent of the time in the comparison group. There were no incidents of severe high or low blood sugar in either group and no other adverse events related to the devices.

“We presently use the closed loop system in people with type 2 diabetes staying in hospital,” Hovorka said. “Glucose control in hospital is often suboptimal and our aim is to improve it while people with type 2 diabetes are staying in hospital for various reasons such as treating diabetes complications.”

At the moment, Hovorka and his colleagues are not planning to try the system outside the hospital, he said.

Before all people with type 2 diabetes can obtain one, “the major issue will be demonstrating cost effectiveness, through larger clinical trials, given the continual push on health care expenditure,” he said. “Development of commercial systems specifically for type 2 diabetes is also a necessity.”

This was a small study; a larger one may have found that the artificial pancreas helps reduce the risk of dangerously low or high blood sugar, writes Gerry Rayman of Ipswitch Hospital NHS Trust in Suffolk, U.K., in a commentary accompanying the study.

Trying to get lips enlarged

A 23-year-old dentist and medical student died after experiencing an allergic reaction on the operating table, where she was supposed to undergo cosmetic surgery.

Maria Delyukina went to private clinic in Volgograd, southern Russia, to have her lips enlarged and chin re-profiled, Central European News (CEN) reported.

While the team administered anesthesia, Delyukina suffered massive anaphylactic shock. Though the team tried to stabilize her and transport her to emergency care, she died before she arrived at the hospital.

Anaphylactic shock, a severe allergic reaction to a drug or substance, can cause fatal breathing complications or low blood pressure.

Officials plan to conduct an autopsy to figure out why pre-operative tests didn’t detect the woman’s allergy, CEN reported.

The Chicago Tribune’s investigation also shows 1,311 cases of documented harm since July 2011 – hundreds more cases of documented harm than publicly reported by Illinois’ Department of Human Services.

Thomas Powers was one of those unfortunate cases. He died in a Joliet group home for adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities.

Grieving relatives of Powers didn’t know there was evidence found of neglect, which included an instance of the 50-year-old, with the intellect of a small child, being forced to sleep on a soiled mattress on the floor in a room for storage.

Other incidents similar or worse than Powers’ experience have also been revealed.