Kitchens, Bathrooms No Place to Store Vitamins or Medications

General Health
The Los Angeles Times "Booster Shots" blog reported that keeping vitamin C supplements in the bathroom or kitchen may expose them to "humidity and high temperatures" that "may seriously degrade" them, according to a study published online in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. After observing "the stability of two types of vitamin C -- sodium ascorbate and ascorbic acid, both also used as food additives -- under a variety of humidity and temperature states," food scientists discovered that "humidity and temperature caused degradation in both forms." In fact, storing vitamin C above a certain humidity level made the vitamin more unstable under higher temperatures. The UK's Daily Mail quotes a study author saying that the degraded supplements are "not necessarily unsafe ... but why take a vitamin if it…
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Immunotherapy for Peanut Allergies? Could it work?

Children's Health, Parenting
The Natural Standard blog recently described new studies showing that peanut allergies improved significantly in children who were given very low doses of peanut allergens and gradually increased those doses over time. Exposing a person to low doses of a known allergen, a technique called immunotherapy, is not a new concept. The goal of immunotherapy is to desensitize the patient so that the body builds up a tolerance to the allergen. For example, immunotherapy has been used to treat seasonal allergies and vaccine allergies. Peanut allergy is the leading cause of severe allergic reactions in children and adults in the United States. Even trace amounts of peanut can cause serious reactions in sensitive people. According to a statement by the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, about 20 percent…
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Too many women experiencing heart attack symptoms fail to call 911

Heart Health, Woman's Health
In the USA Today Your Health column, Kim Painter points out that an American Heart Association survey reveals that "just over half of" the female respondents "said they would" call 911 in the event of heart attack symptoms. "Instead, many women would call their doctors, take an aspirin, or get to a hospital on their own, says study author Lori Mosca, director of preventive cardiology at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center." This trend is not gender exclusive, as "many men also respond to ominous symptoms with denial, says Angela Gardner, president of the American College of Emergency Physicians." A cardiologist with Harvard's Health Line says this: Here is what I recommend about chest pain and calling 911: If the discomfort (pain, pressure, squeezing) is severe, felt in the midchest area,…
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