Top 5 Tips to Surviving Summer Barbeques … When You’re Allergic to Everything Hudson Allergy estimates that nearly 40% of their patients who come in thinking they may have allergies soon learn that their gut was right. With food allergies like wheat, dairy, soy, shellfish, fish, nuts, tree nuts and eggs, the “Big 8” make up 90% of all food related allergies. Once summer rolls around and outdoor parties are back on the weekend agenda, allergies to alcohol is also something that needs to be considered. Dr. Tim Mainardi advises patients on how to best manage their food related allergies and what that really means for their lifestyle. There are always more chances of coming into contact with an allergen when dining out and Summer BBQs are a potential landmine for food allergy sufferers. Even “safe foods” like burgers sans buns could be a trigger for those allergic to gluten because there may be bread fillers or specialty sauces in the mix. Cross contamination is another big issue for those with severe sensitivity. Dr. Mainardi advises all patients to be prepared before they get to the party. Get tested and talk with your allergist beforehand so you know what you can and cannot handle. Look for hints that you might not be able to eat or drink something like color, texture, or ingredients. Don’t be afraid to say a polite “No thank you” when offered a treat you just can’t stomach. When in doubt, pack a safe snack to nibble if you get desperate. Stick with the basics that you have consumed historically without a problem like protein, fruit, and veggies. About Hudson Allergy:   Hudson Allergy is at the forefront of innovative care in allergy and immunology in New York City. They specialize in evaluating and testing for any allergy conditions including Skin Allergies, Food Allergies, Seasonal Allergies, Asthma, Drug & Medication Allergies and more. They also test with a variety of methods including different types of skin tests and food challenges. Their paperless office and soothing environment immediately put patients at ease and get them taken care of with little wait time.
Women with Inherited KRAS-variant Mutation May Be at Increased Breast Cancer Risk Due to Acute Estrogen Withdrawal New Study Shows Those with the Mutation also Have Higher Possibility of Developing Second Breast Cancer   UCLA study finds that acute estrogen withdrawal may increase breast cancer risk and predicts aggressive breast cancer in women with the inherited genetic mutation known as the KRAS-variant  Women with the KRAS-variant with a prior history of breast cancer were also found to have up to a 12-fold increased risk of developing a new primary breast cancer  Researchers hope further study will help to refine the best strategies for women with the KRAS-variant through informed decision making about estrogen management and personalized breast cancer care   UCLA researchers have discovered that for women with a relatively common inherited mutation, known as the KRAS-variant, abrupt lowering of estrogen may increase their breast cancer risk and impact breast cancer biology. Scientists also found that women with the KRAS-variant are more likely to develop a second primary breast cancer independent of a first breast cancer.  In a two-year study led by Dr. Joanne Weidhaas, UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center member and director of translational research at the David Geffen School of Medicine, data was analyzed from a group of more than 1,700 breast cancer patients who all submitted DNA samples to be tested for the inherited KRAS-variant. The study also included a group of women with the KRAS-variant who were cancer-free, as well as biological models to scientifically confirm the clinical findings.  Results showed that acute estrogen withdrawal, as experienced after ovary removal, or with hormone replacement therapy discontinuation, and/or a low estrogen state were associated with breast cancer in women with the KRAS-variant. Acute estrogen withdrawal also triggered breast cancer formation in KRAS-variant biological models used in the study. Furthermore, Weidhaas' team found that up to 45 percent of breast cancer patients with the KRAS-variant went on to develop a second independent breast cancer, representing a 12-fold increased risk over breast cancer patients without the KRAS-variant.  Prior research has shown the KRAS-variant, found in 1 out of 17 people, or 6 percent of the world's population, predicts an increased risk of various cancers, including breast cancer, and is found in up to 20 percent of newly diagnosed cancer patients. Additionally, a previous study found that women with the KRAS-variant are significantly more likely to develop both breast and ovarian cancer. "Although we had evidence that the KRAS-variant was a stronger predictor of cancer risk for women than men, we did not previously have a scientific explanation for this observation," said Weidhaas, a professor of radiation oncology. "This study's findings, showing that estrogen withdrawal can influence cancer risk for women with the KRAS-variant, begins to provide some answers." Though the findings run contrary to some past research suggesting that women on combination hormone replacement therapy are more likely to develop breast cancer, they are in agreement with follow-up studies that found estrogen alone may actually protect women from breast cancer.  "The KRAS-variant may be a genetic difference that could actually help identify women who could benefit from continuing estrogen, or at a minimum, at least tapering it appropriately," said Weidhaas. "We hope that there are real opportunities to personalize risk reducing strategies for these women, through further defining the most protective estrogen management approaches, as well as by understanding the impact of different treatment alternatives at the time of a woman's first breast cancer diagnosis."  The study was published in Cell Cycle on May 11, 2015. The research was supported by the National Cancer Institute and the work was done in collaboration with Mirakind, a non-profit organization.   About UCLA's Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center UCLA's Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center has more than 450 researchers and clinicians engaged in disease research, prevention, detection, control, treatment and education. One of the nation's largest comprehensive cancer centers, the Jonsson center is dedicated to promoting research and translating basic science into leading-edge clinical studies. In July 2014, the Jonsson Cancer Center was named among the top 10 cancer centers nationwide by U.S. News & World Report, a ranking it has held for 14 years.  For more information on the Jonsson Cancer Center, visit our website at
The no-diet approach to weight control By adopting sensible eating habits and practicing portion control, you can eat nutritious foods so that you take in as many calories as you need to maintain your health and well-being at your ideal weight. Often, weight loss occurs on its own simply when you start making better food choices, such as avoiding processed foods, sugar-laden foods, white bread and pasta (substitute whole-grain varieties instead), foods with a high percentage of calories from fat, alcoholic drinks. While nothing is absolutely forbidden, when you do succumb to temptation, keep the portion size small and add a bit more exercise to your daily workout. By replacing some unwise food choices with healthy ones, you'll be cutting back on calories. If you add some moderate physical activity, you have the perfect weight-loss plan without the need for special or inconvenient (and often expensive) diet plans. An example of a successful no-diet weight loss program A 45-year-old woman complains that she has gradually put on 12 pounds over the past year. In the last month, she's faced a stressful work deadline and added another 4 pounds to her frame. This individual's goal is to lose the 16 pounds she has gained. Since her weight has been gradually increasing, she knows that she is consuming more calories than she is burning, especially with her sedentary job. She decides that a weight loss of 1 pound per week (equal to a deficit of about 3,500 calories, or cutting 500 calories per day) would be acceptable and would allow her to reach her goal in about four months. She decides to make some changes that will allow her to cut back an average of 250 calories per day. Skipping a large glass of sweetened iced tea will save about 200 calories. Substituting mineral water for the cola she regularly drinks during meetings can save another 150 calories. Foregoing her morning muffin snack (or eating only half a muffin) can also save 250 calories or more. To reach her goal of a 500-calorie-per-day savings, she adds some exercise. Getting up early for a 20-minute walk before work and adding a 10-minute walk during her lunch break add up to a half hour of walking per day, which can burn about 200 calories. On weekends, she plans to walk for 60 minutes one day and spend one hour gardening the next day for even greater calorie burning. If walking for 60 minutes is too much, two 30-minute walks one day would burn the same number of calories. Twice per week she plans to stop at the gym on the way home from work, even if only for a half hour of stationary cycling or swimming (each burning up to 250 calories). By making just some of the dietary cutbacks mentioned and starting some moderate exercise, this individual can easily "save" the 3,500 calories per week needed for a 1-pound weight loss, leading to a healthy rate of weight loss without extreme denial or deprivation. Furthermore, her changes in diet and lifestyle are small and gradual, modifications that she can maintain over time.   Superfoods Quiz: Test Your Diet IQTake our Superfoods Quiz! Get to know how unprocessed, raw, organic foods and healthy drinks are rich in nutrients and dietary...learn more »   Childhood Obesity Quiz: Test Your Medical IQChildhood obesity has reached epidemic proportions. Take the Childhood Obesity Quiz to test your knowledge of the facts and...learn more »   Belly (Abdominal) Fat Quiz: Test Your Belly Fat IQDid you know there is a medical term for belly fat? Find out what it is and learn why getting rid of belly fat may be the best...learn more »   Fat and Fats Quiz: Test Your Diet IQTake this online Fat & Fats Quiz to learn if you really are what you eat!...learn more »   Food Portion Distortion Quiz: Test Your Diet IQAre your portions deceiving you? Take the Food Portion Distortion Quiz to find out how and why gigantic portions trick you into...learn more »   Healthy Eating at Restaurants Pictures Slideshow: Don't Abandon Your DietSee how to recognize the dangers and stay on your healthy diet when eating out. Watch this slideshow to learn about healthy...learn more »  
The American Medical Association today distanced itself from Republican hopeful Rand Paul, offering its support to anyone else interested in running for president.   Dr. Pauls misinformed statements on the dangers of vaccination seem to suggest that we should use air quotes when calling him doctor, said an AMA spokesperson. The AMA also pointed to Pauls assertion that the Ebola virus is incredibly contagious and could spread at a cocktail party as yet another reason for their lack of interest in showing support for his candidacy.
Voice Dream, a read-aloud app used globally by more than 100 thousand individuals, has revolutionized how the visually-impaired and reading disabled are consuming information. The app reads books aloud to users which for those with visual impairments and reading disabilities, has enhanced their reading experiences significantly. Voice Dream Reader’s features are organized in an uncluttered, intuitive, highly usable way - thereby creating an unparalleled user-friendly experience.   Voice Dream Reader includes a female U.S. English voice and nearly 100 additional paid voices in 20 languages. In addition to English, Voice Dream supports Mandarin Chinese, Japanese, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, Finnish, Dutch, Portuguese, Russian, Czech, Catalan, Polish, Turkish, Greek, and Arabic languages, among others.   With the use of Foxit Software, a leading software provider of fast, affordable and secure PDF solutions, Voice Dream extracts text from PDF files and marks them as read while customers use the app. With collaboration from Foxit, Voice Dream is able take text from PDFs so they can be read aloud and highlight text as it is being read, an important feature for users with reading disabilities.   Voice Dream also provides the following features for loading and managing reading material:   •        Text extraction from eBooks in DRM-free ePub format •        Text extraction from plain text, MS Word, MS PowerPoint, Apple Pages, RTF and HTML files •        DAISY 3.0 text-based eBooks •        DAISY 2.02 audiobooks •        Audiobooks as ZIP of MP3 files, such as LibriVox •        Dropbox, Google Drive and Evernote integration •        Load files using iTunes via USB or WiFi •        Bookshare integration •        Gutenberg integration for over 40,000 free eBooks •        Pocket and Instapaper integration •        Built-in Web Browser to extract text from Web pages •        Copy-paste via clipboard •        Text Editor •        Language translation via Google Translate through in-app purchases •        Folders for organizing content •        Export full text to clipboard, printer, email, and other apps •        Export highlighted text and notes to clipboard, printer, email and other apps •        Open the original Web page in Safari if possible •        Share what you’re listening with friends on Twitter, Facebook, SMS or email (iOS 6+)   For listening to text, Voice Dream offers the following:   •        Remote control enabled Play-Pause •        Remembers where you stopped in each book or article •        Powerful personal pronunciation dictionary •        Configurable default speech rate, volume and pitch for each voice •        Shows elapsed time and remaining time •        Sleep timer •        Previous and next book or article •        Rewind and fast forward by sentence, paragraph, page, chapter, 15, 30 and 60 seconds •        Rewind and fast forward through your bookmarks and highlights •        Change reading speed on the fly. 50-500 words per minute •        Change TTS voice on the fly •        Remembers the voice and speech rate used for each book or article •        Playlist for listening to multiple articles back to backs •        Continues reading when you exit the app or lock the screen   For a visual interaction with text, Voice Dream features:   •        Blazing fast vertical scrolling in two modes: Free and page by page •        Synchronized word and line highlighting plus options to disable •        Full screen mode to hide the controls •        Focused Reading Mode with reduced text area and auto-scrolling •        Full-text search •        Table of contents for ePub and DAISY books •        Page numbers for PDF documents and DAISY books •        Bookmarking •        Highlighting and note taking •        Customizable font and font size •        Includes OpenDyslexia font •        Preset light and dark color theme, plus a fully customizable color theme •        Built-in dictionary     Voice Dream, with the help of Foxit Software, has made millions of books, documents and PDFs accessible to individuals that never had access to these texts before. Both organizations are proud of the difference they have made in the lives of thousands through the services they provide.

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