Study: You Can Be “Too Clean” (Detroit News)

A study published online this week in the Environmental Health Perspectives journal shows overexposure to triclosan, a chemical compound commonly found in antibacterial soaps, is linked to increased allergies in young people. What’s more, excessive exposure to Bisphenol A (BPA) — a common chemical in plastics including soap bottles — can negatively affect immune systems.

“We know that hygiene clearly has very important benefits and is one of the main ways we can protect ourselves from infection,” said Erin Rees Clayton of U-M’s Center for Social Epidemiology and Population Health and lead author of the study. “But overuse of these chemicals is what we found to be associated with poor immune function”…More

Tooth Decay to Be a Thing of the Past? Enzyme Responsible for Dental Plaque Sticking to Teeth Deciphered (ScienceDaily)

The Groningen professors Bauke Dijkstra and Lubbert Dijkhuizen have deciphered the structure and functional mechanism of the glucansucrase enzyme that is responsible for dental plaque sticking to teeth. This knowledge will stimulate the identification of substances that inhibit the enzyme. Just add that substance to toothpaste, or even sweets, and caries will be a thing of the past.

The results of the research have been published this week in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS)…More

The Claim: Cellphones Can Cause an Allergic Reaction (NY Times)

In recent years, dermatologists have seen a small but growing number of people with itchy rashes along their jaw lines, face and ears which go away when cellphone use is discontinued.

The reason, studies suggest, is an allergy to metals in the phones, most often nickel…More

Regular Exercise Reduces Large Number of Health Risks, Including Dementia & Some Cancers, Study Finds (ScienceDaily)

Regular exercise can reduce around two dozen physical and mental health conditions and slow down how quickly the body ages, according to a research review summarising the key findings of 40 papers published between 2006 and 2010.

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An extensive research review, published in the December issue of IJCP, the International Journal of Clinical Practice, says that apart from not smoking, being physically active is the most powerful lifestyle choice any individual can make to improve their health…More

Spare the Cold Medicine & Save the Child, Study Finds (Consumer Reports)

As we head into the thick of cold and flu season, Tylenol cold remedies for kids and related brands that were recalled earlier will soon be back on store shelves. But a new federal study serves as a reminder that over-the-counter cough and cold medications can do more harm than good in young kids…More


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