Wellness

A Novel Approach to Treating Food Allergies + Other Stories

A Novel Approach to Treating Food Allergies + Other Stories

Every week, we corral our favorite wellness stories from around the internet—just in time for your weekend reading.

  • Living near Trees, Not Just Green Space, Improves Well-being

    Living near Trees, Not Just Green Space, Improves Well-being

    City Lab

    Turns out the benefits of tree-lined streets are more than aesthetic. A new study from Australia suggests that residents of neighborhoods with more green spaces lower their risk of psychological distress as they increase their exposure to leafy trees.

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  • The Fundamental Link between Body Weight and the Immune System

    The Fundamental Link between Body Weight and the Immune System

    The Atlantic

    People like to frame conversations about body weight as a matter of individual food choices and willpower. But research suggests that it has much more to do with our gut bacteria and the way we each digest food differently.

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  • Tiny Liver Grown in the Lab. Here’s What It Can Teach Us.

    Tiny Liver Grown in the Lab. Here’s What It Can Teach Us.

    National Geographic

    The parallels between human and animal biology are limited, so when we’re studying disease and medicine in animal organs, the scientific results are, too. One advance with huge potential: A group of scientists engineered the most complex in vitro organ made to date—a mini liver—to study the progression of an increasingly common chronic disease.

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  • Why Parents Are Turning to a Controversial Treatment for Food Allergies

    Why Parents Are Turning to a Controversial Treatment for Food Allergies

    Undark

    In the past twenty years, both child and adult food allergies have become more prevalent and highly publicized, sending off waves of anxiety that even the tiniest amount of an allergen could be life-threatening. With the recent FDA submission of an oral immunotherapy (consuming increasing doses of the allergen to build up immune tolerance) for peanut allergies, there seems to be promise for new treatments. Some researchers, however, argue that the risks may still outweigh the potential benefits.

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