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SLIT may be as effective as OIT for peanut desensitization
New research suggests that sublingual immunotherapy (SLIT) may be as effective as oral immunotherapy for peanut desensitization against accidental exposure. 48 peanut allergy patients underwent SLIT for 5 years and were able to tolerate 750mg or more of peanut protein (the equivalent of about 2.5 peanuts) without serious side effects. And unlike OIT, no patient had to leave the multi-year study because of side effects, making it a much safer potential option for allergy sufferers.
3D printers harm indoor air quality
3D printers may be rising in popularity but they also (unintentionally) negatively affect indoor air quality, according to new research. The plastic filaments that are melted to form 3D objects release harmful volatile compounds, especially those that are melted at higher temperatures (acrylonitrile butadiene styrene – ABS). Lower temperature melting polylactic acid (PLA) produced fewer emissions. If you have to use one, we recommend good ventilation, standing away from the machine and using machines and filaments that have been verified to have lower emissions. More about improving indoor air quality here.
Mushrooms offer protection against prostate cancer
Include mushrooms in your prostate cancer prevention strategy! A large (36k+) cohort study conducted in Japan over up to 24.5 years found that men consuming mushrooms 3 or more times per week had 17% lower risk for the disease. Mushrooms have demonstrated anti-cancer properties in several in vivo and in vitro studies. Mushrooms commonly consumed in the study locations include shiitake, oyster, maitake and white button mushrooms.