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Vitamin A, high-fibre diet keeps food allergies at bay
Consuming high-fibre diet consisting of a bowl of bran and some dried apricots in the morning and intake of Vitamin A can help reduce food allergies, finds a new study.
 
The findings showed that mice allergic to peanuts were protected against the allergy when fed on a high-fibre diet.
 
Food products rich in fibre reshapes the gut and colon microbiota and helps to fight against food allergies, said the study, led by Jian Tan, professor at the Monash University in Australia.
 
The immune system works with the good bacteria in the gut to help protect against life threatening allergic responses, the researchers said.
 
The microbiota in the gut was found to assist the immune system in resisting allergies through the breaking down of fibre into short-chain fatty acids.
 
These short-chain fatty acids boosted a particular subset of the immune system called dendritic cells, which control whether an allergic response against a food allergen happens or not.
 
Increased levels of short-chain fatty acids switched these cells to stop the allergic response.
 
Further, deficiency in vitamin A levels could promote food allergies, especially in infants and children, the researchers noted.
 
The study opens a potential route for drug therapy for allergies by delivering short-chain fatty acids as a treatment, said the paper published in the journal Cell Reports.
 
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Do you know blueberries can improve vision and memory?
While awareness about the benefits of blueberries in warding off cancer and lowering the risk of heart disease is widespread, very few people are aware of its advantages of reverting ageing, improving vision and memory, new research has found.
 
The researchers wanted to determine how much consumers know about blueberry health benefits and see if there is a knowledge gap with blueberry health benefits among demographic groups.
 
They surveyed more than 2,000 people in 31 US states to see what they know about the health benefits of blueberries.
 
The researchers found that most people were aware of the benefits of blueberries in cancer prevention and lowering the risk of heart disease but they are less aware of the advantages of reverting aging, improving vision and memory.
 
"People being more familiar with blueberries as deterrents for cancer and heart disease may be related to the high general awareness of these two diseases," said lead researcher Shuyang Qu, doctoral student in agricultural education and communication at University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, in a statement.
 
"The fact that cancer and heart diseases are the leading causes of death in America may have led to more personal research related to preventing the diseases, leading to the respondents being exposed to these findings more than other benefits," Qu noted.
 
The study also found that low-income populations tend to know less about blueberry health benefits.
 
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Sack Chief Economic Advisor Arvind Subramanian: Swamy
BJP leader Subramaniam Swamy on Wednesday targeted Chief Economic Advisor Arvind Subramanian and asked the government to “sack” him.
 
In a series of tweets, Swamy wrote, "Who said to US Cong on 13/3/13 the US should act against India to defend US Pharmaceuticals interests? Arvind Subramanian MoF (Ministry of Finance)!! Sack him!"
 
Subramanian had taken charge in October 2014 succeeding Raghuram Rajan.
 
In another tweet, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader said, "Guess who encouraged Congress to become rigid on GST clauses? Jaitely's economic adviser Arvind Subramanian of Washington DC."
 
The Rajya Sabha MP also wondered why the core economic sectors could not perform in the two years rule of the Narendra Modi government and said: "Now PTs (Patriotic Tweeples) can understand why our core economic sectors could not perform last two years. Trojan horses galore in MoF/ Finance Institutions."
 
"Was AS (Arvind Subramanian) deposing before US Congress Committee against India as a US citizen or Indian? Does any PT know?"
 
Swamy had also criticised Rajan, accusing the RBI Governor of derailing the Indian economy by keeping the lending rates high.
 
Rajan has decided to return to academics at the end of his term in September. 
 
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COMMENTS

Bapoo Malcolm

8 months ago

By working FOR the nation; not against people. Swamy has little interest in the country. Only in self publicity. His own party, whichever it may be at that particular moment gives him a wide berth. When was the last time we saw something concrete from him? All he does is give speeches, the more provocative, the better. Just to keep in the public eye.

Nilesh KAMERKAR

8 months ago

Exposing those who have been working against Nation Interest is Nuisance value? How?

Bapoo Malcolm

8 months ago

Should read, ".... don't give a damn". Sorry.

Bapoo Malcolm

8 months ago

If there are enough sackings, they might be able to squeeze in Swamiji somewhere. At least, to get rid of his nuisance value. But must admit one thing. S S has graduated from picking on women and their kids, to men; no matter if the guys give a damn. Motormouth Swamiji, go back to teaching, please. Today's students can differentiate very well. You will cause no harm.

Bapoo Malcolm

8 months ago

Asked myself, 'Why not sack our Swamiji'? But then how does one sack a nobody?

Nilesh KAMERKAR

8 months ago

II Aum Arvindaay Swaha II

CA Parthiban

8 months ago

These are economics and it is not better to comment.

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