The Med & Mic™ 01.21.22
The Med & Mic™ 01.21.22
Medical and Health News Updates
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Earlier Peanut Desensitization Works Better
Younger preschoolers with a peanut allergy had better desensitization with oral immunotherapy compared to placebo. Researchers at Arkansas Children’s Hospital did a study of 146 peanut-allergic children. The kids received daily oat flour placebo or oral immunotherapy with a peanut protein powder to increase the threshold of peanuts they could tolerate. One in five kids had sustained desensitization, and could eat 16 peanuts at the end of two and a half years, compared to one in fifty in the placebo group. The younger the age at screening and the lower the baseline level of a peanut-specific immune protein in their system, the more likely the remission. “This suggests that if we do start treatment younger, there is a potential to help some children become non-allergic,” says Dr. Lisa Whealey in a GMA report. Currently there are no FDA-approved peanut immunotherapies for this age group; only in 4 to 17 year olds. Two percent of children in the U.S. are peanut allergic.
Medications and Weight Gain
One in five Americans takes a drug that could promote weight gain. Researchers looked at a cross-sectional survey of 52,000 adults and their medications. It turns out 20 percent were taking a medicine that could cause weight gain. Among these were beta-blockers, certain diabetes medicines, and antipsychotics. The most common reasons for receiving these drugs include high blood sugar, high blood pressure, nerve inflammation, heart disease, and pain. Twenty years ago, only 13 percent were taking medicines with this potential. More in Healio.
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