This week’s stories have elements that sound like fiction, but all are real, new scientific and medical findings: A condition that turns the body’s soft tissues into bone has new hope for a future treatment. Genetic superheroes walk among us, and they may not even know it. And pediatricians may have a tool to double their success in helping their patients’ parents quit smoking.
According to the CDC, approximately 4 to 6 percent of U.S. children under the age of 18 have food allergies. Food allergies can lead to a range of symptoms, from hives to abdominal cramps to serious, life-threatening conditions like anaphylaxis.