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11:55am

Wed April 3, 2013
The Salt

Edible Spray Paint: Give Your Foods The Midas Touch

Originally published on Wed April 3, 2013 12:42 pm

When red tomatoes are too ordinary, go gold.
courtesy The Deli Garage

If that old James Bond villain Goldfinger had been a gourmand, I think I know what tool would be in his kitchen arsenal.

Ess Lack, or Food Finish, is an edible spray paint that turns your meals into metallic bites of luxury. Lobster not decadent enough for you? Why not turn that crustacean golden?

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9:14am

Wed March 27, 2013
Shots - Health News

Allergy Drops Under The Tongue May Be Fine Alternative To Shots

Originally published on Thu March 28, 2013 11:31 am

Otolaryngologist Sandra Lin uses under-the-tongue drops to treat patients with allergies at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore.
Courtesy of Keith Weller/Johns Hopkins Medicine

Allergy shots have long been one of the best available treatments for hay fever, other allergies, and asthma, but they're a pain. In Europe, people have a more pleasant alternative: drops put under the tongue.

That treatment, called sublingual immunotherapy, hasn't been approved by the Food and Drug Administration, but more and more patients in the U.S. are asking for it.

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3:34pm

Mon March 25, 2013
Shots - Health News

Spring Break Alert: 'Black' Henna Tattoos May Not Be Safe

Originally published on Mon March 25, 2013 4:59 pm

Hairdresser Paramjit Kaur paints a traditional Indian henna design on a client's hand in Kent, Wash.
Ralph Radford AP

A henna tattoo looks like a fun beach souvenir — until you break out in a rash and blisters.

The dyes used for the popular temporary tattoos aren't always natural or safe, the Food and Drug Administration warned today. "Black henna" used to make the intricate designs darker often doesn't come from a plant, but from a harsh chemical that causes allergic reactions.

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6:00am

Wed March 20, 2013
Agriculture

GMO Labeling Laws On Deck In Midwest

Labels at Swiss Meat and Sausage Co. near Hermann, Mo., do not indicate if products contain genetically modified organisms.
Abbie Fentress Swanson Harvest Public Media

Whole Foods Market recently announced that all products sold in its U-S and Canadian stores containing genetically modified organisms will be clearly labeled as such by 2018.

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10:53am

Fri March 8, 2013
Shots - Health News

Could A 'Brain Pacemaker' Someday Treat Severe Anorexia?

Originally published on Tue March 12, 2013 8:23 am

Kim Rollins of Ontario, Canada, struggled with anorexia for more than 20 years. After starting deep brain stimulation 14 months ago, the 36-year-old says she's in recovery.
Courtesy of Krembil Neuroscience Centre

Many people who get anorexia recover after therapy and counseling. But in about 20 to 30 percent of cases, the disease becomes a chronic condition that gets tougher and tougher to treat.

Right now, doctors have few options for helping these patients, mostly women, whose disease can be crippling or fatal.

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