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Risk Bites video on peanut allergies featured by Washington Post

To coincide with new guidelines NIH on exposing infants to peanuts, the Washington Post featured a video from the Risk Bites Youtube channel:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/video/national/should-your-kids-avoid-peanut-products/2017/01/05/2e03521e-d35c-11e6-9651-54a0154cf5b3_video.html

The video explores recent research that suggesting that some exposure to peanut products early on might be helpful in reducing the risks of later allergic reactions.

You can watch the original Risk Bites video here:

Zika and the use of insect repellants

Keri Szejda and Diana Bowman have a new article on CRISBits.org on Zika, insecticides, and risks to pregnant women and their unborn children.

From the article:

Avoid travel to outbreak areas. Wear long-sleeved shirts and pants. Mosquito proof your home. Use insect repellant. Avoid sex or use condoms.

To many, these oft-repeated United States (US) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines for preventing Zika may just seem like common sense. But to pregnant women—who have more at stake as the mosquito-borne virus spreads, and also face a myriad of pressures about what to do and what not to do while expecting—the measures may not seem so feasible to follow, in every case, and every time.

Read more at:

Better Safe Than Sorry: Insect Repellents in the Age of Zika
keri Szejda and Diana Bowman
CRIS