Patient treated his bowel disease with parasitic worm eggs

Alternative Medicine
In the "I-can't-believe-it's-true" category, the Los Angeles Times "Booster Shots" blog reported, "For several decades, researchers have argued that the growing incidence of autoimmune disease in the developed world is the result of improved sanitation, which limits our exposure to infectious diseases during childhood." And, "in the 1990s, Dr. Joel Weinstock, then at the University of Iowa and now at Tufts University, observed that the eradication of intestinal worms in the developed world was followed soon after by a rise in inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), which now affects as many as one million Americans." But, a 34-year-old Northern California man with ulcerative colitis may have found a way to treat his condition: "parasitic worms." He "hopped a plane to Thailand to see a parasitologist – and then gulped down 1,500 parasitic…
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MRI scans of the brain may help scientists better understand autism

Children's Health, Mental Health, Parenting
Bloomberg News reports that a MRI-based "method may help speed up detection and add to knowledge of" autism's "biological base," according to a paper in Autism Research. "'We, for the first time, are able to begin to really see what is going on in the brain in children who have autism,' said Janet Lainhart, an associate professor at the University of Utah, in a telephone interview with Bloomberg News. 'That is usually the beginning of major advances in recognition, treatment, and prevention.'" Indeed, "previous studies using different types of scans have been able to identify people with autism" but, said co-author Nicholas Lange of Harvard, "no one has looked at it [the brain] the way we have and no one has gotten these type of results," the CNN "The Chart"…
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New Guidelines for Diagnosing and Treating Food Allergies

General Health, Nutritional Health
This rather long post will be of primary interest to those treating and suffering with food allergies. Primarily, the new guidelines aim to standardize diagnosis and treatment of food allergy On the front of its Personal Journal section, the Wall Street Journal reports in "Health Journal" that at present, pulmonologists, emergency physicians, dermatologists, gastroenterologists, pediatricians, and allergists diagnose and manage food allergies in a wide variety of ways. What's more, some tests on the market have not been scientifically validated, while the results of others are often misinterpreted. Such realities make it difficult to gauge the number of Americans suffering from food allergies. In fact, there are "wildly divergent estimates of food allergies that range from 1% to 10% of the US population," the Los Angeles Times reports. "Most likely, about…
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