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Exposure to Dioxins in Humans Linked with Hypertension in Offspring
Hypertension can be very responsive to improvements in diet, stress management, exercise and sleep. However, in some cases, hypertension can persist despite excellent adherence to all of these. New research from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine indicates that human exposure to chemicals is associated with higher blood pressure and that the effects may be passed down through generations. Since hereditary health concerns are passed down through epigenetic imprints, working on restoring optimal gene expression is vitally important.
Peanut Oral Immunotherapy Trial Demonstrates Success
Food allergy desensitization made great strides recently with the publication of the recent PALISADE trial, involving nearly 500 peanut-allergic children, teens and adults. Participants underwent 1 year of medically-supervised treatment and by the end, 67% of those in ages 4-17 were able to tolerate a single 600 mg dose of peanut protein, equivalent to 3-4 peanuts. Great to see this important work being done to help reduce the dangerous risks of food allergy. While the peanut preparation used in this trial isn’t yet FDA approved, some board-certified allergists are already implementing similar programs for their patients.
Neonatal Vitamin D Deficiency Increases Risk for Adult Schizophrenia by 44%
Vitamin D is an incredibly important nutrient. Typically associated with bone and immune health, vitamin D status is also relevant for prevention of neurological disorders. Researchers from Queensland University have found that vitamin D deficiency in newborns increases their risk for an adult diagnosis of schizophrenia by 44% compared with controls. This follows research from the same group that found a link between prenatal vitamin D deficiency and increased risk for childhood autism spectrum disorder.