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On being an omnivore

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Eating is an inherently dangerous activity. As carnivores, our immune system must provide protection from a wide range of potentially pathogenic micro-organisms and toxins that can contaminate meat, other foods and water, a task that must be achieved without at … Continue reading

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Chronic urticaria

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OMALIZUMAB TRIAL The results of the first of three phase III clinical trials of the effects of omalizumab in patients with chronic idiopathic urticaria were reported online in the New England Journal of Medicine this week. Urticaria (‘hives’) occurs when mast … Continue reading

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Nature Reviews

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 MUCOSAL IMMUNITY Animation showing complexities of mucosal immunity

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From the Journals

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GLUTEN CHALLENGE How much, for how long? Gluten free diets are gaining in popularity for relief of gastrointestinal symptoms and are often undertaken before people have been adequately screened for coeliac disease. Once improved, many are then unwilling or unable … Continue reading

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Gluten free recipes

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SHORTBREAD 1 box rice four (375 g). Reserve 1/2 cup for flouring the board. Mix in 2/3 cup castor sugar, 2 teaspoons of gluten-free baking powder and just under 1 cup Nuttelex and knead till a smooth paste. Turn onto floured … Continue reading

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Meaty hints

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SAUSAGES Use fresh mince (no preservatives), rice flour and salt (shallots & garlic optional). For sausage mince use 1 kg very lean meat and 250 g of fat, ie. the equivalent proportions of a lamb chip with all the fat. … Continue reading

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Recipe of the week

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MARSHMALLOWS Add 50 g powdered gelatin or 10 sheets of leaf gelatin to 1 cup of cold water and set aside to soften. Boil for 15 min, 4 cups of sugar and 2 cups of boiling water and the softened … Continue reading

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