Archive for the ‘Research’ Category

Researchers work on therapy to make peanuts less deadly

Posted by RoseBoccio on July 11th, 2010

From Reuters: Peanut allergy has proven to be a tough nut to crack. While there’s still no way to make peanuts completely safe for people who are allergic to them, an experimental therapy may make them less deadly, report researchers from Germany and the US. – Read more here.

Research tries to lessen food allergies

Posted by RoseBoccio on June 13th, 2010

From NPR: You’re listening to SCIENCE FRIDAY from NPR. I’m Ira Flatow. You know, for many people, for most of us, I dare say, a peanut butter sandwich on a whole wheat bread and a glass of milk, mmm, it sounds like a pretty good lunch. Or maybe a bowl of pad Thai, maybe with some tofu in there for good measure. But if you have food allergies, these lunches could make you sick, and in some cases an allergic person’s reaction to these dishes could kill you. But it can be hard to get a handle on just who actually has food allergies and who doesn’t, in some cases because people misrepresent their own symptoms and in some cases because diagnostic tests may be inconclusive or used incorrectly. – Read the rest of the transcript here.

Desensitization trial works for 11-year-old

Posted by RoseBoccio on November 29th, 2009

From The Sun Chronicle (Attleboro, MA): Like any 11-year-old boy, Brett Nasuti has a favorite T-shirt. His just happens to be one that sums up his situation. Brett sports the black T-shirt emblazoned with white letters spelling out a dairy industry advertising catch phrase “got milk?” with pride, in part, because now he can. After participating in a milk desensitization trial program at Children’s Hospital in Boston, he can now have products made with milk after a lifetime of severe allergies, which as an infant would leave him purple with hives. – Read more here.

Allergy expert turns accepted theory on its head

Posted by RoseBoccio on September 28th, 2008

From ABC’s The World Today: Rising allergy rates among children have puzzled Australian doctors for years. The conventional wisdom has been to exclude from kids’ diets foods such as peanuts and eggs to try to prevent what can be a debilitating and even dangerous condition. But at least one expert is turning that theory on its head. He’s pushing for more and not less exposure to problem foods at a very early age. – Read the report’s transcript here.

Common allergy tests are not interchangeable

Posted by RoseBoccio on May 9th, 2008

From a press release on PRNewswire: “Data published in the May issue of the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology revealed variations in the results of three common allergy diagnostic blood tests used to quantify sensitivities to allergens. The study, conducted by allergy specialists at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, determined that the laboratory results from two other commercial tests for specific IgE were not equivalent to those measured by ImmunoCAP(R) Specific IgE blood test.” Read the details here.

Peanut allergy cure in the near future

Posted by RoseBoccio on May 6th, 2008

From comes a story that fuels hope for a future cure for peanut allergy. Discussed at conferences and researched in scientific circles, a peanut allergy cure would mean a better chance of finding cures for other severe food allergies. It may be years away, but the idea alone brings great hope to many.

As the story begins: “Genetically modified plants or immunotherapy may eliminate allergies to peanut within five years, suggests a prominent scientist from Duke University. The comments were made in the current issue of The Lancet.” Read the remainder of the story here.

Study: Teens take unnecessary allergy risks

Posted by RoseBoccio on April 8th, 2008

From Johns Hopkins Gazette (Baltimore, MD): Fear of being “different,” embarrassed, isolated or teased drives teens with potentially fatal food allergies to eat problem foods anyway, and to forgo carrying life-saving injectable epinephrine, according to results of a small study led by investigators at the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center. In a study of 20 teens with severe food allergies, nine reported intentionally eating foods to which they are allergic. Among 13- to 16-year-olds, only half reported always carrying an injectable epinephrine, while only one-third of those over 16 said they carried the life-saving drug at all times. – Read more about the study here.  


Study: Allergy treatment limited in New Zealand

Posted by RoseBoccio on April 5th, 2008

From Radio New Zealand (Wellington, NZ):  A study on food allergies published in the New Zealand Medical Journal says there is a lack of hospital services for those suffering from the disorders.

The report says there is currently no information available about those who are suffering from food allergies in New Zealand, and the lack of data means hospital services for children and adults are very limited.

Read more about the study here.

Scientists search for allergen-free peanut

Posted by SB Anderson on September 2nd, 2007

From US’ Voice of America News: “According to the U.S. National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases, most severe food allergic reactions come from nuts, primarily peanuts. And because of that researchers are trying to develop an allergy-free peanut. VOA’s Paul Sisco reports on promising new research.” Read more here.

Allergic care is about more than medicine

Posted by SB Anderson on September 2nd, 2007

From Rockford, Illinois’ “During patient visits, Dr. Fatima Mohiuddin goes over the steps of prevention and what to do during an allergic reaction…But we’re not only talking about physical problems, a study found families living with a food allergic child suffer more emotional stress than those with children who have epilepsy or asthma.” Read more here.