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Novel Therapy Tested in Mice Could Chase Away Cat Allergies

...proach to develop therapies to prevent deadly food allergy reactions as well,?says NIAID Director Anthony S. ...lease of a key chemical from cells involved in cat allergy reactions. That chemical, histamine, brings on allergy symptoms such as sneezing, wheezing, itching,...

Chemists identify immune system mechanism for methamphetamine binges

...he-counter drug ingredients, particularly cold and allergy medicines. Available as a powder or crystal, the drug can be injected, snorted, swallowed and smoked to provide users with a sense of euphoria. Drug effects can last for up to 12 hours. Frequent use is associated with serious health problems, includi...

What's really making you sick? Plant pathologists offer the science behind Sick Building Syndrome

...th issues typically associated with SBS range from allergy attacks and asthma to more complex medical problems involving exposure to toxins. Mold is a common cause of SBS, said Mani Skaria, Ph.D, plant pathology professor and interim chair of the Department of Agronomy and Resource Sciences, Texas A&M U...

VCU study shows hormone-like molecule kills cells that cause inflammation in allergic disease

...nd may help researchers develop new treatments for allergy and inflammatory responses in arthritis, multiple sclerosis and heart disease. In the Journal of Immunology, published online Aug. 23, researchers demonstrated the means by which a cytokine called interferon gamma (IFNγ induces death of develop...

Climate model links higher temperatures to prehistoric extinction

...nd may help researchers develop new treatments for allergy and inflammatory responses in arthritis, multiple sclerosis and heart disease. In the Journal of Immunology, published online Aug. 23, researchers demonstrated the means by which a cytokine called interferon gamma (IFNγ induces death of develop...

New factor implicated in allergy and asthma attacks

...toms agonizingly familiar to those who suffer from allergy and asthma attacks. Scientists have long assumed ...the severe respiratory inflammation involved in an allergy or asthma attack. This factor is the damage caused by chemically hyperactive molecules known as "rea...

Defective immune system response to smallpox vaccine detailed in new study

...4 and IL-13 are under study as possible asthma and allergy treatments, Dr. Leung says, and might also be applied to eczema vaccinatum treatment. Smallpox vaccine, which is made with live vaccinia virus (a close relative of the virus that causes smallpox), has not been routinely given in the United States s...

'Nano-keys' bind cell receptors and trigger allergic reactions

...e runny nose, watery eyes and other characteristic allergy symptoms) and they are the gatekeepers for the allergic immune response. This system can be manipulated experimentally. Specifically, Baird works with immunoglobulin E (IgE) antibodies, which mount membrane proteins on mast cells to form receptor co...

A Jekyll and Hyde of cytokines: IL-25 both promotes and limits inflammatory diseases

...the type of immune responses that cause asthma and allergy can also limit the type of inflammation associated with debilitating diseases like inflammatory bowel disease, arthritis and multiple sclerosis, according to researchers from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. The research...

New method enables gene disruption in destructive fungal pathogen

...lopment of such chronic airway diseases as asthma, allergy and chronic rhinosinusitis. Gene disruption methods could help in identifying molecules from the fungus that trigger inflammatory and other types of immune responses in humans. By understanding how fungi modulate immune responses in humans, new ways ...

Stanford snake venom study shows that certain cells may eliminate poison

...ns, they contribute to the effects associated with allergy attacks, such as a runny nose, sneezing, itching and red eyes. When they severely overreact, they can cause anaphylaxis, which can be fatal. Given that tendency to overreact when stimulated by allergens, it seemed plausible that introducing venom i...

Wild vs. lab rodent comparison supports hygiene hypothesis

...s that greatly stress hygiene have higher rates of allergy and autoimmune diseases than do people in less dev...revailing hypothesis concerning the development of allergy and probably autoimmune disease is the "hygiene hypothesis," which states that people in "hygienic" ...

Airborne mold spores increase kids' risk for multiple allergies

...ace--including wood, drywall and cement. Previous allergy studies focused on visible mold or total mold conc...l particulates on childhood respiratory health and allergy development. Air samples were collected for a total of 48 hours in the child's primary activity ro...

Allergy battle could be won in five years, says scientist

...fective because their effects do not 'travel' with allergy sufferers. "ADIs promise to be significantly better because taking a medicine is easier than rigorous housework and pills are portable." Professor Garrod, who is based within Manchester's Faculty of Life Sciences, said work on the first ADI chemi...

Key molecular signaling switch involved in allergic disease identified

...eolytic enzyme called ADAM10 that releases a major allergy regulatory protein from the surface of cells and thereby promotes a stronger allergic response. The identification of drugs that inhibit ADAM10's ability to release this molecule could revolutionize treatment of asthma and allergic disease. "Our r...

Pilot study successful in taming allergic reactions to food

...ic to eggs were able to essentially overcome their allergy by gradually consuming increased quantities of egg...ffer a meaningful therapy for these people.? Egg allergy is one of the most common food allergies among children in the United States, Burks said. Just how m...

Friendly bacteria in alcoholic milkshake could fight food allergies

...sed to wean babies, as it is easily digested. Food allergy prevalence is especially high in children under the age of three, with around 5-8% of infants at risk. Currently the only treatment is avoidance of the problematic food. "Friendly" bacteria in kefir may play a role in blocking the pathway involved i...

Children of allergy sufferers prone to same problem

...gs in a 2004 Swedish study. Using the skin-prick allergy test, the Swedish group found that in their general population--which included children whose parents did not suffer from allergies--7 percent had allergic sensitivity at age 1. The Swedes tested five allergens, two of which were food allergens. Th...

Non-GMO solution to seafood allergies

Seafood allergy sufferers may soon be able to eat prawns without the fear of an adverse reaction. Chinese scientists have taken a promising step towards removing from prawns the proteins that cause an allergic response without resorting to genetic manipulation, repo...

Hay fever can send work productivity down the drain

...rly 4 million days of missed work each year due to allergy symptoms. Hay fever symptoms can disrupt all ar...that people who suspect they have hay fever get an allergy test, either from a family doctor or an allergist. In previous work, she found that some people with...

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