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Report says dieters may be at higher risk for flu

BY Michael Johnsen

BETHESDA, Md. People cutting back on their calories as part of their New Year’s resolutions may be at greater risk of getting the cold or flu, according to new research published last month in the Journal of Nutrition.

Specifically, researchers found that mice that were put on a calorie-controlled diet, albeit supplemented with vitamins and minerals, were less able to fight off an infection than those on a normal diet. In addition to being less able to fight off an infection, the mice placed on a diet took longer to recover from a respiratory infection and lost more weight.

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Researchers test administering medication using nanotechnology, gold

BY Alaric DeArment

NEW YORK Researchers have developed a way to use tiny particles of gold to control the administration of drugs for diseases such as cancer, according to a study published in the journal ACS Nano.

The researchers, at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, created a device that shines infrared light on particles of gold coated with medicine.

The particles vary in size, causing them to melt at different rates depending on the intensity of the light.

The researchers said the device would allow medicine to target specific areas of the body at specific rates, thus minimizing damage to healthy tissue.

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N.J. tests new law requiring vaccinations for school-age children

BY Alaric DeArment

TRENTON, N.J. New Jersey will find out this week if its new law requiring flu vaccinations for schoolchildren has worked, according to published reports.

The state is the first in the country to require schoolchildren to receive flu vaccinations, between the ages of 6 months and 5 years. It required the children to receive the vaccinations by Dec. 31. Children who have not been vaccinated will not be allowed to attend school.

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