Allergy and Skin

Fish Oil Supplements helped Heal Bedsores

(Best Syndication News) - Taking fish oil supplements may help bedsores heal in critically ill patients, according to a study from the Tel Aviv University. The researchers noticed a 20-25 percent reduction in pressure ulcers when eight grams of fish oil were taken daily for three weeks. The results were published in the British Journal of Nutrition and the American Journal of Critical Care.

Prof. Pierre Singer of the Sackler Faculty of Medicine explained that bedsores are a common problem for critically ill patients because of constant pressure on the skin and tissue. Bedsores form from a lack oxygen because the blood flow is reduced and there is skin wetness. Other studies have found fish oil supplements were helpful for lowering blood pressure and reducing inflammation of the skin and in joints.

Childhood Psoriasis associated with increased risk for being Overweight and Obese

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(Best Syndication News) - Children who have psoriasis are at an increased risk for being overweight or obese, according to a new study. The research findings were published in the JAMA Network publication, Online First by Archives of Dermatology.

The study authors explain that previous research suggested that adults with psoriasis are at an increased risk for obesity, heart attacks, strokes, and type-2 diabetes. Other recent investigations suggested that there was a relationship between children with psoriasis and obesity.

Banana Boat Sunscreen Recall announced for Fire Hazard

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(Best Syndication News) - The US Food and Drug Administration announced the voluntary recall of several Banana Boat sunscreen products with the continuous spray mist. Before the sunscreen is completely dry, the person wearing the product could potentially catch on fire if exposed to an ignition source.

Energizer Holdings Inc. (NYSE: ENR) based out of St. Louis, MO are the distributors of the Banana Boat branded products. They have voluntarily recalled 23 different products (see recall list below) that spray or mist the sunscreen on the skin. The company distributed the recalled products nationwide between January of 2010 and September 30, 2012.

New Hayfever Vaccine Treatment may be more Helpful and Less Costly

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(Best Syndication News) - UK scientists from Imperial College London and King's College London are investigating a new hayfever vaccine that might be more effective at blocking antibodies in the bloodstream and may cost less than current treatments. The clinical trial is being funded by the Medical Research Council and National Institute for Health Research via the Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation programme to confirm if the new hayfever vaccine is a viable option.

The current immunotherapy vaccine used to treat severe hay fever cases requires high doses of the allergen delivered under the skin and sometimes as a tablet or drops. The injections usually required are in large quantities, and the tablets or drops must be taken continuously to slow the allergic symptoms. The treatments can often be expensive over the long run.

Strawberry Extract protects Skin Cell from damaging UVA Rays

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(Best Syndication News) - Researchers from Italy and Spain found that strawberry extract protected skin cell cultures when exposed to ultraviolet radiation (UVA) rays. The strawberry extract has potential to be used as a topical sunscreen cream. The results of the study of strawberry extract and protection from UVA rays was published in the Journal of Agricultural Food Chemistry.

Maurizio Battino, researcher at the Università Politecnica delle Marche in Italy and lead author said to SINC that their study verifies that strawberry extract protects against UVA rays from damaging skin cells.

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