Posted on 14 June 2011.
Research Finds Possible Allergy Reducer
Allergies are something that millions of people are affected by and unfortunately many allergies are not treatable or preventable. Currently most allergy medications simply treat the symptoms from allergies but researchers have found that there might actually be a way to reduce how likely a child is to be affected by allergies later in life.
The research released today by a U.S. based analysis firm shows that exposing children to pets in particular reduce the odds of them developing any sort of pet allergy in life. Obviously this is simply based upon reported cases but medical researchers say that this could theoretically be expanded to other allergies that affect so many people.
According to the report children are 50% less likely to be affected by pet allergies when they grow up around a pet in the first year of life. This is a surprising discovery according to many doctors who believed allergies were not developed but rather that children were simply born with allergies. Of course this research is only in a preliminary state but doctors are hopeful that it could make some significant advancements in childhood allergy research and possibly medication.
No word yet on if this same idea will apply to other allergens such as pollen or grass but many analysts say it is likely that the same principles will apply. Because all allergens affect the body in similar ways early exposure might simply be the best and easiest way to minimize the effect of allergies for children.
Posted in Health
Posted on 21 May 2011.
Ford Implementing In-Car Health System
This week Ford Motor Company announced some upcoming projects that they are working on which will essentially give Ford vehicles the ability actively monitor and track the driver’s health. At this time the program is only in the initial development stages but the idea of real time health monitoring in a car is a very promising idea according to many medical experts.
To begin with Ford is planning to implement two basic features; a diabetes monitoring system as well as an asthma monitoring system. Using Ford’s already popular Sync system the health system Ford is designing will be able to continuously keep track of your health and in turn give you updates and suggestions; the reports could also be printed in order to give them to a doctor for further analysis.
At this time Ford hasn’t really released any details on how the health monitoring program will work; though they say it will most likely be using already available health monitors that are simply added to the vehicle.
Overall analysts think this could be a step in the right direction when it comes to active health monitoring though it depends entirely on how the systems are implemented. The hope is that Ford will create an efficient air quality monitoring system which will also report pollen and other allergens to the driver. At this time it is unknown when the health systems may be available in Ford vehicles though Ford is expected to keep the public updated as the program moves forward.
Posted in Science & Technology