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On November 14th, UNDER OUR SKIN received two prestigious awards at the annual Freddie Awards, sponsored by the International Health and Medical Media Awards and considered to be the “Oscars of health care films.” At the black-tie event in Philadelphia’s historic Crystal Tea Room, film Producer/Director Andy Abrahams Wilson accepted the award for Best Production in the category of Infectious Diseases.

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You will never look at dinner the same way

Journalists Michael Pollan and Eric Schlosser, who star in a documentary by Robert Kenner titled Food, Inc., broaden the attack on ‘Big Food’ on the basis of health, labour and the environment. After conceding the efficiency of the enormous slaughterhouses that churn out hundreds of thousands of identical pork chops each day, the film brings a litany of complaints against factory farming. It shows how US grain subsidies have led to the overconsumption of corn syrup and grain-fed meat; and how a ‘revolving door’ between agribusiness and the US Food and Drug Administration has led to a sharp decline in livestock inspections despite persistent bacterial scares.

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H1N1 variant form of flu, also known as swine flu continues to present the media and the scientific community with complex questions. The result is a slowly developing dichotomy between those that think the event is being overplayed and those that feel the greatest threat to human health this century is unfolding before them. The

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Although dietary factors have been extensively studied in many chronic diseases, the role of diet in the epidemiology of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) has received little attention. Fruit and vegetables and dietary antioxidants are thought to play a protective role in the pathogenesis of CVD and some cancers, but few studies have investigated these dietary components in the aetiology of RA.

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Polly and her husband Jon have a son with Autism. Billy has acted as a positive drive in their commitment to explore the best possible care for people diagnosed with Autism. Earlier this year the Prime Minister Gordon Brown gave up time to listen to Polly’s request for additional government support in the pursuit of

Eczema’s Link to Asthma

Wednesday, 17 June 2009 by

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Researchers Discover How a Skin Disease May Trigger a Lung Complaint One of the prices humanity seems to pay for getting richer is the rise of asthma. This life-threatening, allergy-driven lung disease is common in wealthy countries, absent from poor ones and on the rise in those making the transition. But exactly what causes it

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It is critical that we stick with evidence based medicine when making decisions about making dietary suggestions to patients.  The literature does not point to arachidonic acid as the negative that the media portrays it as.  It is all about balance when we are looking at essential fatty acids.  If you would like to learn

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Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is characterized by inflammation of the synovial tissues in the joints. A number of papers related to dietary components that are associated with this inflammation are reviewed. In addition, the ecological approach is used to study the links between diet and RA. Multi-country data for prevalence of RA for females from eight and fifteen countries were compared statistically with components of national dietary supply.

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OBJECTIVE: Many studies have examined the role of diet in the management of established rheumatoid arthritis (RA), warranting several recent reviews. However, none have considered the possible link between diet and the onset of RA in detail. Studies investigated a possible effect of individual components of diet and the development of RA, but the lack of a systematic review means there is no unbiased assessment of the evidence.

METHODS: We systematically reviewed studies with comparison groups that examined dietary intake or biological markers prior to the onset of RA. Four electronic databases were searched to identify relevant reports. Six quality criteria were agreed, against which the studies were assessed. The main outcome measure was a diagnosis of RA according to the ARA 1958 or revised ACR 1987 classification criteria.

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The process of maintaining life for the individual is a constant struggle to preserve his/her integrity. This can come at a price when immunity is involved, namely systemic inflammation. Inflammation is not per se a negative phenomenon: it is the response of the immune system to the invasion of viruses or bacteria and other pathogens.

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