New insights on fragile X syndrome
Why have experimental therapies for fragile X syndrome not worked? Fragile X is a protein that controls how certain neurons process information. When that protein is eliminated due to a genetic mutation, a person is usually left with an intellectual disability. A new paper in Cell Reports shows that fragile X is much more complex than previously thought – giving scientists new insight on how to create effective therapies for the condition.
Unnecessary antibiotics could be harming your child
Antibiotics are great, but only when they’re needed. A recent study in JAMA Network Open reveals that unnecessary antibiotics could be harming your child. Kids taking an unneeded dose are eight times more likely to develop medical conditions like infection and diarrhea. Researchers estimate that 29 percent of antibiotics prescribed to non-hospitalized kids in the U.S. are unsuitable.
24% of young adults have used non-nicotine vape products
Don’t try to vape your daily vitamins. A new survey shows that 24 percent of young adults have used non-nicotine vape products. Instead of nicotine, people are inhaling melatonin, caffeine, and more. Though some of the substances are safe to ingest, scientists say any non-prescribed product that’s heated and inhaled is bad for your lungs. The findings are published in JAMA Network Open.
Researchers discover people with food allergies are less likely to get Covid
And finally… allergies could save you from contracting Covid. Researchers have discovered that people with food allergies are less likely to get Covid than those without. Scientists think the relation could be due to differences in risk behavior, like less frequent visits out to restaurants. The paper, published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, also found that asthma doesn’t increase a person’s risk for the disease (University of Wisconsin-Madison).