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Drug drastically reduces children’s reactions to traces of food allergens

A drug that has been used for decades to treat allergic asthma and hives significantly reduced the risk of life-threatening reactions in children with severe food allergies who were exposed to trace amounts of peanuts, cashews, milk and eggs, researchers reported Sunday.

The drug, Xolair, has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration for adults and children older than the age of 1 with food allergies. It is the first treatment that drastically cuts the risk of serious reactions — such as anaphylaxis, a life-threatening allergic reaction that causes the body to go into shock — after accidental exposures to various food allergens.

The results of the researchers’ study on children and adolescents, presented at the annual conference of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology in Washington, were published in The New England Journal of Medicine.

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New Zealand on Friday opened its first hospital exclusively treating kiwi birds, and vets have already nursed the first patient back to health—a chick nicknamed "Splash" that tumbled into a swimming pool.

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A pacemaker for the brain helped a woman with crippling depression

Emily Hollenbeck lived with a deep, recurring depression she likened to a black hole, where gravity felt so strong and her limbs so heavy she could barely move. She knew the illness could kill her. Both of her parents had taken their lives.

She was willing to try something extreme: Having electrodes implanted in her brain as part of an experimental therapy.

Researchers say the treatment —- called deep brain stimulation, or DBS — could eventually help many of the nearly 3 million Americans like her with depression that resists other treatments. It's approved for conditions such as Parkinson's disease and epilepsy, and many doctors and patients hope it will become more widely available for depression soon.

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The bass was recovered by three lifelong Beatles fans who started The Lost Bass Project in 2023 in order to track down the stolen guitar and return it to McCartney.

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Key points:

  • FTC has won numerous cases against deceptive practices, like fake apartment listings and online reviews.
  • Fines levied against companies like Epic, Microsoft, and Amazon for privacy violations and exploiting children.
  • Tackling anti-competitive mergers like Nvidia-ARM and private equity rollups.
  • Pushing for Right to Repair, Click to Cancel, and combating deceptive UI ("dark patterns").
  • Collaborating with DOJ on new merger guidelines and reviving dormant laws.
  • Increased enforcement activity deters anti-competitive behavior across sectors.

Overall message:

  • Contrary to negative portrayals, the FTC is actively pursuing and winning cases against corporate abuses.
  • Their actions have broader positive impacts beyond individual wins, deterring harmful behavior and inspiring global action.
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Nuclear fusion still remains a long way off but brings the world one step closer to endless clean energy.

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Vaccine Targeting KRAS in Pancreatic and Colorectal Cancer Shows Promise

A new vaccine shows encouraging early results as a potential off-the-shelf treatment for certain patients with pancreatic or colorectal cancer, according to a study co-led by researchers at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK). The vaccine targets tumors with mutations (or changes) in the KRAS gene, a driving force in many cancers.

This cancer vaccine is different from another type of pancreatic cancer vaccine, which is custom-made for each patient using messenger RNA (mRNA). Both are therapeutic vaccines given after surgery to prevent or delay the cancer from coming back in high-risk patients.

“Having a vaccine that’s ‘off-the-shelf’ would make it easier, faster, and less expensive to treat a larger number of patients,” says medical oncologist and pancreatic cancer specialist Eileen O’Reilly, MD, who helped lead the trial and is one of the corresponding authors in the study published in Nature Medicine. “This gives hope for people with pancreatic and colorectal cancer who have been out of effective treatments when their disease returns.”

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Scientists Develop New Dirt-Powered Fuel Cell That Runs Forever

Northwestern University researchers have introduced a soil-microbe-powered fuel cell, significantly outperforming similar technologies and providing a sustainable solution for powering low-energy devices.

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The European regulators listened to the Open Source communities!

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