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Probiotics may offer more effective and less painful vaccinations

 

A new oral vaccine has been developed that uses probiotic bacteria as the delivery system, raising hopes of safer, more effective vaccinations, without the painful needle factor.

Researchers led by Mansour Mohamadzadeh, associate professor of medicine in gastroenterology at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, has successfully created immunity to anthrax using a probiotic delivered vaccine in a preclinical study. He is also working on vaccines for a number of other infectious diseases, as well as breast cancer, using the same approach.

Aside from eliminating the need for a needle, the use of probiotics in delivering vaccines offers the promise of harnessing the full power of the body's immune system, much of which is located in the lymphatic tissues of the gut. The gut is the major route for pathogens to gain access to the body. The immune defences which prevent this from happening are not stimulated by traditional injected vaccines which bypass the gut.

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MCS International TV launches at The Environmental Illness Resource

 

Visitors to The Environmental Illness Resource are now able to benefit from the MCS International TV service.

MCS International the website and advocacy/support group for people suffering from multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS), chemical injury, and related illnesses such as ME/CFS and fibromyalgia last month launched its own internet TV station and video on demand service to mark their 3rd anniversary.

Gordon McHendry, founder of MCS International and MCS sufferer himself, created the station to provide one service where people can watch hundreds of videos on subjects including Multiple Chemical Sensitivity and Chemical Injury, Detoxing, Overlapping Inness's (like ME/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, GWS, Fibromyalgia, Morgellons Disease), and Alternative Health issues.

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Volvo still lead with healthy non-toxic car interiors

 

Volvo's new XC60 model is the latest in their range to receive a big thumbs up for having low levels of potentially harmful chemicals making it safer for those with allergies and sensitivities and every driver and passenger.

Volvo has also based its reputation on passenger safety and has a list of innovations to back this up. The company was the first to introduce three-point seat belts in both the front and rear, was the first to deploy aribags and anti-lock brakes (ABS) in their cars, and the first to include crumple zones, energy-absorbing bumpers, and side impact protection.

The company has also been the first to recognise that passenger safety doesn't just mean protection in the event of a collision but also includes the health of the vehicle occupants during normal driving conditions.

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Mobile phone use linked to increased brain tumour risk

 

Results from the largest study of its kind show that the risk of developing certain types of brain tumour are increased with the use of mobile/cell phones.

The worrying news has come out of research conducted by the International Agency for Research on Cancer which is part of the World Health Organisation (WHO).

Researchers report that the chances of developing a malignant tumour are "significantly increased" for people who have used a mobile phone for ten years or more.

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Perfumes and cosmetics potential risk to health of unborn child

 

Compounds found in perfumes, cosmetics, and other chemical products could contribute to infertility in the male offspring of mothers who use them during pregnancy new research suggests.

The study by researchers at Edinburgh University, Scotland provides further evidence that products based on synthetic chemicals such as perfumes and cosmetics are not innocuous fashion accessories or beauty products but are a potential danger to health.

The study led by Professor Richard Sharpe of the Medical Research Council's Human Reproductive Sciences Unit, based in Edinburgh, discovered a period between 8 and 12 weeks of pregnancy was critical to determining future reproductive problems. This is the time in the development of the male foetus when certain hormones are switched on and the reproductive system comes into being.

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