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“Two kitchens” may be unnecessary for celiac families

Many parents of kids with celiac disease maintain a second set of cooking utensils and equipment to prevent the transfer of gluten via food preparation. However, a recent study conducted at Children’s National Hospital in Washington, D.C., found after testing several different scenarios thought to pose a high risk of gluten transfer that no significant amount of transfer occurred during common food preparation tasks.

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New research highlights male breast cancer

As National Breast Cancer Awareness Month comes to a close on Oct. 31, new research published this month shines a spotlight on a form of the disease not often discussed: male breast cancer [MBC]. Although no randomized clinical trials focused specifically on MBC have been successfully completed to date, it does comprise 1% of all breast cancer cases. Some experts also believe that the incidence of breast cancer is rising among men.

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More college students casting ballots

College students can no longer be considered apathetic when it comes to making their voices heard at the polls. Their voting rates in the 2018 midterm elections doubled compared to the 2014 midterms, according to the Democracy Counts report recently issued by Tufts University’s Tisch College for Civic Life.

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New peanut allergy drug on the horizon

N new medical treatment to help children with peanut allergy may be available soon. In late September, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Allergenic Products Advisory Committee voted in favor of approving a drug called Palforzia, a medicine designed to minimize both the incidence and severity of allergic reactions in kids between the ages of 4 and 17 with peanut allergies.

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Fewer financially successful men equals fewer marriages

According to the most recent U.S. Census Bureau data, more people between the ages of 18 and 34 lived with their parents than with a spouse in 2016. Although there are a number of reasons for the marriage decline, part of the explanation is a growing scarcity of “economically attractive” men as potential marriage partners, say researchers at Cornell University.

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Sugary drinks may contribute to early death

A large, long-term study shows that sugar-sweetened beverages [SSBs] including sodas, energy and sports drinks, fruit drinks and others, are the single largest source of added sugar in the average American’s diet. It also found that the more of those beverages people consume, the greater their risk of dying early, particular of cardiovascular disease and to a lesser extent from cancer. The risk was higher among women than men.

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‘Co-sleeping’ with infants leads to guilt, depression for moms

After analyzing the sleeping patterns of just over 100 new mothers, and their feelings about them, during their babies’ first year of life, researchers found that moms who were still co-sleeping with their infants after six months were 75% more likely to feel depressed, to worry about their babies’ sleep and to believe their choice was being criticized by others.

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