How to Identify Reliable Information on the Web

Science fans, if you find yourself wondering about the validity of what you are reading on the web more often than not, you are not alone! Internet is such an amazing source of knowledge, but with such plethora of information, how do we know whom and what to believe? Continue reading

The Ketogenic Diet, a Treatment for Epilepsy

Contrary to what one may think at first, the ketogenic subject is quite broad and to cover it well will require several posts. In the first post I will focus on the description of the ketogenic diet and its application to epilepsy, for which it was initially developed. A second post will be dedicated to its possible modes of action. Continue reading

Being born in the US raises the risk of allergy

recent study published in JAMA Pedriatr. shows that children born outside the US have a lower prevalence of allergic disease that increases after residing in the US for ten years.

Jonathan I. Silverberg, MD, PhD, MPH; Eric L. Simpson, MD, MCR; Helen G. Durkin, PhD; Rauno Joks, MD, Prevalence of Allergic Disease in Foreign-Born American Children, JAMA Pediatr. 2013;167(6):554-560. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2013.1319.

The study reports that “children born outside the United States have significantly lower prevalence of allergic disorders, including asthma, eczema, hay fever, and food allergies. However, the odds of developing allergic disease significantly increased after residing in the United States for one decade or longer.” Continue reading