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Health Headlines - 6/12/19

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Health Headlines - 6/12/19

Health Headlines - 6/12/19

In today's health headlines we talk about food allergies and how many people who suffer do not have parents that have the same allergy.

We also talk about how humans are ingesting 5 grams of plastic each week through the water we drink.

Finally, we look at how Facebook is working to let users know about upcoming blood drives.

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Health Headlines - 6/12/19

YET TWO THIRDS OFCHILDREN WHO DEVELOP THEM...DON'T HAVE A PARENT WITH A FOODALLERGY.JENNIFER VEGLIS SAT DOWN WITH APEDIATRICIAN TO LEARN MORE.WHAT'S MORE FRUSTRATING THANBEING UNABLE TOENJOY A FOOD YOU USED TO LOVE?"YOU CAN DEVELOP A FOOD ALLERGYAT ANY AGE.

IN FACT, 50% OFPEOPLEWITH A FOOD ALLERGY DEVELOP ITIN ADULTHOOD"OR KEEPING SPECIFIC FOODS OUT OFTHE HOUSETO PREVENT AN ALLERGIC REACTIONFROM JUST ONE FAMILY MEMBER?THE MOST COMMON ALLERGY INCHILDREN?PEANUTS...FOLLOWED BY DAIRY,SOY, AND TREENUTS."IN ADULTS FOR EXAMPLE, SHRIMPIS THE MOST COMMON FOOD ALLERGY.REPRESENTING ABOUT 3-PERCENT OFADULTS"AND THOSE NUMBERS ARE ON THERISE..."WE'VE SEEN A DOUBLING OF FOODALLERGIES EACH OF THE LAST FEWDECADES.

AND IN PART, WE KNOWGENETICS PLAY A BIG PART IN ANYKIND OF MEDICAL CONDITION"THE GOOD NEWS, EXPERTS ARELEARNING MORE ABOUTA MAJOR INFLUENCINGFACTOR...ENVIRONMENT.PEDIATRICIAN AND AUTHOR, DR.WENDY SUE SWANSONSAYS SOME PARENTS MAKE A MISTAKEFOLLOWING THE HYGIENEHYPOTHESIS."THE IDEA THAT YOU CAN KIND OFRAISE A CHILD IN TOO STERILE OFANENVIRONMENT AND THE RESEARCHTHAT EVEN IF YOU'RE RAISING ABABY OR TODDLER IN THE PRESENCEOF A DOG, IT'S GOOD FOR THEM ANDECREASES THE LIKELIHOOD THATTHEY'LL DEVELOP ALLERGIES LATERIN LIFE"DR. SWANSON SAYS IT'S NODIFFERENT WITH FOODALLERGIES."NEW RESEARCH OVER THE PAST FIVEYEARS IS HELPING GUIDE HOW WEACTUALLY ADVISE PARENTS TOINTRODUCE AND INCLUDE FOODS IN ABABY AND TODDLER'S DIET TO HELPCOMBAT THE FOOD ALLERGY RATESTHATWE'RE SEEING"FIRST STEP... TALK TO YOURPEDIATRICIAN ON HOW TOGET STARTED."MAKE SURE THAT YOUR CHILD'SSKIN IS REALLY MAINTAINED.MEANINGECZEMA OR DRY SKIN IS A RISKFACTOR FOR DEVELOPING FOODALLERGIES"THEN GET STARTED INTRODUCINGPEANUT,DAIRY, AND FISH INTO YOURCHILD'S DIET AS YOUNG AS 4 TO 6MONTHS.BUILDING A ROADMAP FOR A HAPPYAND HEALTHIERFUTURE FOR YOUR CHILD.INSTEAD OF INTRODUCING THOSEFOODS ONE BY ONE... DOCTORSWANSONSAYS... IT'S BEST TO REGULARLYEXPOSE YOUR CHILD TO THEM.HERE'S SOME TOUGH NEWS TOSWALLOW... THE AVERAGE PERSONINGESTS A WHOLECREDIT CARD'S WORTH OF PLASTICEVERY WEEK.THAT'S ACCORDING TO A NEW STUDYOUT OF AUSTRALIA.RESEARCHERS SAY... THAT'S ABOUTFIVE GRAMS OF MICRO-PLASTICS...OR PLASTICPARTICLES SMALLER THAN FIVEMILLIMETERS.THE LARGEST SOURCE OF PLASTICINGESTION?

DRINKING WATER.A SEPERATE STUDY THIS MONTHFOUND... AMERICANS EAT... DRINKAND BREATHE AS MANYAS 121 THOUSAND MICROPLASTICPARTICLES EVERY YEAR.RESEARCHERS DID NOTE THAT THESTUDY IS LIMITED BECAUSE OF ALACK OF DATA ON THEWEIGHT AND SIZE DISTRIBUTION OFMICROPLASTICS IN NATURALENVIROMENTS.FACEBOOK IS ROLLING OUT A NEWTOOL THAT WILL MAKE IT EASIERFOR USERS TO FINDBLOOD DRIVES.FOR NOW... THE BLOOD DONATIONFEATURE IS JUST FOR A FEW MAJORCITIES... BUT IT WILL GONATIONWIDE IN THE COMING MONTHS.USERS WHO SIGN UP FOR THETOOL... WILL BE ALERTED IF ONEOF FACEBOOK'S BLOODBANK PARTNERS IS LOOKING FOR ASPECIFIC DONOR IN THEIR AREA.THE TOOL HAS ALREADY BEENAVAILABLE TO USERS OUTSIDE THEU-S SINCE 20-17.MORE THAN 35 MILLION PEOPLE HAVESIGNED UP SO FAR.AND WHILE YOU'RE AT IT... WHYNOT ADD THIS ONE TO YOURCALENDAR?WE'RE HOSTING A BLOOD DRIVE ASOUR YES!

SQUAD EVENT FOR THEMONTH OF JUNE.IT'LL BE WEDNESDAY THE 26TH...FROM ONE TO THREE P-M... AT THERED CROSS ON EAST GRANDRIVER ROAD IN LANSING.THE RED CROSS IS CURRENTLYFACING A CRITICAL SHORTAGE OFTYPE "O" BLOOD.



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