New & Now: July 15, 2011

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New & Now: July 15, 2011

Source: Web exclusive, July 2011

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Dogs won’t help allergies

Owning a hypoallergenic dog won’t necessarily help your allergies, according to a new study which compared the number of allergens given off by 62 different dog breeds. | CBS News

Don’t forget to wash your belly button

A study in which researchers took swabs from inside 95 volunteers’ navels, found the belly button to harbour 1,400 strains of bacteria. | Daily Mail

Smelly socks attract mosquitoes

Scientists have found that the odour of stinky socks attracts mosquitoes, and hope to use this knowledge in an effort to control the spread of malaria. | The Huffington Post

Should parents lose custody of dangerously obese kids?

Dr. David Ludwig, an obesity specialist at Harvard-affiliated Children’s Hospital Boston, was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association saying it may be more ethical to temporarily place children who are severely obese in foster care, rather than have them undergo obesity surgery. |

Gonorrhea superbug discovered

Researchers have discovered a superbug strain of gonorrhea in Japan. The strain is resistant to all available antibiotics, and could pose a risk to public health worldwide, according to infectious disease experts. | The Toronto Star

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