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Roasting Peanuts Might Be the Cause of Severe Allergic Reactions

iStock/Thinkstock(OXFORD, England) -- There's news from England that might brighten the day of people suffering from peanut allergies.As reported in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, researchers now think it's something in the actual roasting process that heightens allergic reactions compared to raw peanuts.A team from Oxford experimented with groups of mice to determine which peanuts would produce a more severe reaction. Based on what happened, the group eating dry roasted peanuts

Negative Findings on Use of E-Cigarettes by Cancer Patients

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The debate over the health benefits of e-cigarettes rages on with a new study apparently debunking the notion that these electronic devices can help cancer patients kick the smoking habit.Researchers at Memorial Sloan Kettering in New York City wrote in the journal Cancer that smokers diagnosed with cancer who supplemented their regular cigarette use with e-cigarettes became more hooked on nicotine than people who eschewed the vapor-form of smoking.In a test of 1,1

Iron Deficiency During Pregnancy Has Possible Link to Autism

iStock/Thinkstock(SACRAMENTO, Calif.) -- An iron deficiency in women, especially those who are pregnant, may contribute to a child developing autism.Researchers at the UC Davis MIND Institute made the connection by examining the intake of iron supplements by women before and during pregnancy.Study author Rebecca J. Schmidt reported, "The association between lower maternal iron intake and increased [Autism Spectrum Disorder] risk was strongest during breastfeeding, after adjustment for folic acid

Texas Newborns Potentially Exposed to TB Awaiting Test Results

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Health officials began screening more than 700 infants who may potentially have been exposed to tuberculosis at an El Paso hospital over the past year by an employee recently diagnosed with the illness, officials said Monday.Jessica Martinez, whose son Sebastian was born at Providence Memorial Hospital in October 2013, arrived at the clinic early Monday morning. She told ABC News that she received a letter last week from the El Paso Department of Health asking the

Cuddlr App Lets You Hug a Stranger

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- There are apps that link people up for dates, and others that guarantee meet-ups for more than that. But a new app called Cuddlr promises users something between the two: a hug. Charlie Williams, a veteran of the music-finding app Shazam, developed the new app, which promises something different from other sites. "Many features, such as chat, photo albums, shared interests and likes, can keep users from actually meeting: they just chat for months, or swipe left-or-

Danica McKellar Dishes on Her Fitness and Diet Routines

Frazer Harrison/Getty Images via ABC(LOS ANGELES) -- Danica McKellar couldn't be happier as she prepares for a wedding she says "perhaps" could happen later this year.The Dancing with the Stars and Wonder Years star, 39, told ABC News that after getting engaged to Scott Sveslosky in July, she wants a small, intimate affair to celebrate their love.McKellar added that her son Draco, 4, from her first marriage, would be involved, but she didn't say how.McKellar says wedding dress shopping has been

How New STD App Might Change Safe Sex Practices

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- When it comes to sex with a new partner, safety can be a huge concern-- but what if proving you're free of sexually transmitted diseases could be as easy as showing your partner your results on a smartphone?California-based company Healthvana's goal is for people to have easy access to their own health records, including their STD results. They partnered with the AIDS Healthcare Foundation to create a service that sends patients' results from the laboratory right t

Report: Chris Christie Has Lost 85 Pounds Since Surgery

Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is continuing to shed pounds after having weight loss surgery.The New York Times reports the governor told conservative donors behind closed doors last Friday that he has lost 85 pounds since undergoing lap-band stomach surgery in February 2013.While the meeting at the Manhattan apartment was off limits to the press, someone in attendance told the newspaper Christie was pressed by donors about his health."He did not reveal

TB Testing for Families of over 700 Babies Begins at Texas Hospital

iStock/Thinkstock(EL PASO, Texas) -- Testing for Tuberculosis (TB) begins Monday for the families of more than 700 infants born at Providence Memorial Hospital in El Paso, Texas.The babies' parents were informed their children may have been exposed to the highly infectious bacterial disease after an employee in the hospital's nursery tested positive last month during a routine annual screening. The El Paso Department of Public Health will conduct the free testing, according to the El Paso Times.

Homework Time Is a Stressful Time for Many Families

Wavebreak Media/Thinkstock(LOUISVILLE, Ky.) -- Many kids are back at school, and for a lot of families that means Mom and Dad are hitting the books as well.A new survey by the National Center for Families Learning reveals that more than 60 percent of parents with children in kindergarten through grade eight admit they have trouble helping with their children's homework. That’s up from 49.1 percent in 2013.For 41 percent of the parents, pushback from their kids is the main reason, while ove

Children of Marijuana Users Are Three Times More Likely to Use It Themselves

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Are you a parent who smokes marijuana? Well, according to a new nationwide survey of young adults ages 18 to 25, children of parents who smoke weed are more than three times more likely to use it themselves.The survey of 1,051 young adults was commissioned by the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation's Center for Public Advocacy.Among children who reported their moms and dads have used or currently use marijuana, 72 percent indicated they have used it as well. Conver

Texas Hospital Investigates Tuberculosis Exposure in Newborn Area

Fuse/Thinkstock(EL PASO, Texas) -- The City of El Paso's Department of Public Health is investigating a tuberculosis exposure at a local hospital affecting more than 700 patients and 40 employees. Individuals were exposed to a hospital worker with an active case of the disease in the post-partum and newborn nursery area of Providence Memorial Hospital, officials announced Friday. The incident occurred between September 2013 and August 2014. Health workers are reviewing records to determine which

Doctor Explains Why Death at 75 is Right for Him

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Citing the increased chance of Alzheimer's disease among other quality of life factors, one doctor says he wants to die at 75.Though he makes it clear he does not believe in euthanasia, Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, director of the Clinical Bioethics Department at the U.S. National Institutes of Health, raised some eyebrows when The Atlantic published an article written by him discussing the issue. “I look at the data on disability, I look at the data on Alzheimer’s dise

Officials Warn Virus Could Sicken, Kill Dogs

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Health officials are warning dog owners to be on the lookout for a deadly canine virus that could sicken or kill their pets.Dozens of dogs have been killed by the canine parvovirus in New Jersey, according to ABC News affiliate WPVI-TV in Philadelphia.The American Veterinary Medical Association says the virus is highly contagious and can affect all dogs, although puppies and unvaccinated pets are most at risk.The virus affects a dog's gastrointestinal tract and sym

Swedish Man Acquitted of Rape Due to 'Sexomnia'

Ingram Publishing/Thinkstock(SUNDSVALL, Sweden) -- A Swedish man who was convicted of rape had his charges overturned after an appeals court found the man could have been asleep during the attack and cited "sexomnia" as a reason he should be released.Mikael Halvarsson was acquitted of rape this month after experts said he was asleep during the attack and had no memory of the incident, according to a translated court ruling from the Sundsvall appeals court in Sweden.Halvarsson was accused after t

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