Potential therapeutic target for acute allergic reactions identified

Potential therapeutic target for acute allergic reactions identifiedLondon, October 29: Researchers have discovered how a man-made molecule destroys complexes that induce allergic responses — a discovery that could lead to the development of highly potent, rapidly acting interventions for a host of acute allergic reactions.

The study was led by scientists at the Stanford University School of Medicine and the University of Bern, Switzerland.

Trial to beat peanut allergy produces ‘very promising results’

 Trial to beat peanut allergy produces ‘very promising results’ London, July 11: Children, who have a peanut allergy, may soon get relief, after a trial showed “very promising results”.

About one in 50 children in the UK have a peanut allergy, which can cause potentially fatal breathing problems.

In the trial children given daily drops of peanut protein under the tongue built up a tolerance to the nuts.

Gene defect that can triple peanut allergy risk identified

Gene defect that can triple peanut allergy risk identifiedLondon, Mar 12: Scientists have identified a gene defect that can triple the risk of a child developing an allergy to peanuts.

An international research team, led by Dundee University, said it had made a ‘significant breakthrough’ in understanding the disease, reports the BBC.

The number of people affected by the condition has increased dramatically over the past 20 to 30 years, but the causes of the allergy are unknown.

Long-term allergies may offer surprise benefit

WashingtonLong-term allergies, July 30: Experts at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) have found that people who have had allergies like asthma or hay fever for a long time are up to 25 per cent less likely to get the most common type of Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma (NHL).

Absence of specialized cells linked to asthma, allergies

Washington, July 17: Researchers from NYU School of Medicine have revealed that asthma and other allergies are tied to absence of specialized cells that block allergic reactions.

The researchers have identified a class of custom-made T-cells manufactured according to instructions from a gene called Foxp3 whenever we eat or inhale a potential allergen for the first time.

Owning a cat may trigger eczema in some babies

WashingtonEczema, June 24: Parents, who own a cat, might increase their kids’ chances of developing Eczema in infancy, for a new study has suggested that cat exposure at birth along with a mutation in the gene, called filaggrin gene (FLG) may make a child more prone to develop eczema during their first year.

Children who live on busy streets have more allergies, experts warn

Hamburg - Children who live near busy streets and highways have more respiratory problems and hay-fever allergies than children who live in more bucolic settings, according to findings of a group of German researchers.

Asthma and hay fever due to air-born allergens and pollutants are more common among four to six-year-olds who live in high-traffic density districts, say the researchers from the German Research Centre for Environment and Health at the Institute of Epidemiology in Munich.

Traffic pollution can up kids’ risk of allergies by 50 per cent

Traffic pollution can up kids’ risk of allergies by 50 per centWashington, June 14 : Researchers from Germany have found that traffic-related pollution in metropolitan areas is associated with an increased risk for atopic and respiratory diseases in children.

The researchers said that children who lived less than 50 meters from a busy road had a 50 per cent higher risk of being diagnosed with asthmatic bronchitis or asthma than those who lived farther away.

How common vaccine ingredient protects against infectious diseases

AllergyLondon, May 22: In a new research funded by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), scientists have explained how a common ingredient in many vaccines, stimulates and interacts with the immune system in order to provide protection against infectious diseases.

Aussies branded ‘World’s Worst Allergy Hypochondriacs’!

Melbourne, May 22: More than one in ten adults Down Under believe that they have a sensitivity to food when they do not, say skin specialists, who label Australians the ‘World's Worst Allergy Hypochondriacs’.

According to statistics, contradictory to people’ s beliefs only 1-2 per cent have a true allergy to food.

Professor Connie Katelaris, an allergy specialist at Sydney's Campbelltown Hospital, told a meeting of dermatologists that Australia had claimed top spot on the list of countries whose citizens believed they had a food allergy.

Farm moms’ kids less prone to allergies

MotherhoodWashington, May 21: Pregnant women, who are exposed to farms, particularly to barns and farm milk, protect their newborns from developing allergies, says a new study.

Researchers in Germany recently studied 18 farming mothers and 59 non-farming mothers and discovered that exposure to farms affects a baby’s T regulatory cells.

Dogs ward off allergies in small children, German experts claim

Hamburg, Germany - Children who are raised with dogs from an early age have fewer common hay fever-related allergies than children from pet-free homes, according to a team of German researchers.

The new findings will raise a howl from an earlier generation of medical experts who cautioned parents about the possible allergic hazards of pet fur.

It used to be conventional medical wisdom to warn parents against owning a dog, if their children showed early signs of hay fever.

Study establishes link between allergic diseases and irritable bowel syndrome

Washington, January 31 : Rush University Medical Center scientists say that adults with allergy symptoms are more likely to show a high incidence of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), which suggests a link between atopic disorders and IBS.

Dr. Mary C. Tobin and her colleagues studied 125 adults, and found that the likelihood of IBS was significantly higher in patients with seasonal allergic rhinitis (2.67 times), patients with allergic eczema (3.85 times), and patients with depression (2.56 times).

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