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You might be allergic to penicillin; then again, you might not

Many people have been told, incorrectly, that they're allergic to penicillin, but have not had allergy testing. These people are often given alternative antibiotics prior to surgery to ward off infection. But when antibiotic choices are limited due to resistance, treatment alternatives may be more toxic, more expensive and less effective.

According to two studies presented at the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI) Annual Scientific Meeting, people who believe they have a penicillin allergy would benefit from consultation from an allergist and penicillin allergy skin testing. Once they know if they are allergic, they can be given appropriate -- and not more resistant -- treatment prior to surgery. Of the 384 people in the first study who believed they were allergic to penicillin, 94 percent tested negative for penicillin allergy.

Russia develops new medicine for Parkinson’s disease

 

Russian scientists claimed to have successfully tested a medicine which could be a breakthrough in treating patients of Parkinson’s disease.

“We have synthesised a compound which completely removes all symptoms of Parkinson’s disease in animals,” said Konstantin Volcho, a spokesman of Vorozhtsov Institute of Organic Chemistry in the southwestern Siberian city of Novosibirsk.

Cure for Type 1 diabetes imminent after Harvard stem-cell breakthrough

Harvard University has produced the vast quantities of insulin-producing cells needed for transplants

A cure for diabetes could be imminent after scientists discovered how to make huge quantities of insulin-producing cells, in a breakthrough hailed as significant as antibiotics, according to the Telegraph as reported by its science editor, Sarah knapton.

Harvard University has, for the first time, managed to manufacture the millions of beta cells required for transplantation.

Can vitamin B supplement help stave off stroke?

New evidence suggests that taking vitamin B supplements may help reduce the risk of stroke. The research appears in the September 18, 2013, online issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

"Previous studies have conflicting findings regarding the use of vitamin B supplements and stroke or heart attack," said author Xu Yuming, with Zhengzhou University in Zhengzhou, China. "Some studies have even suggested that the supplements may increase the risk of these events."

Surprising Ways to Use Apple Cider Vinegar

That bottle of apple cider vinegar in your kitchen cabinet is capable of so much more than adding flavor to a salad. In fact, it may be time to move it to the medicine cabinet. Organic apple cider vinegar is antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal, so it can soothe your sore throat, heal your heartburn, remove that persistent wart and so much more. Plus, it’s all natural and inexpensive. Read on for 10 surprising home remedies that incorporate your new favorite secret weapon.