Learning to beat allergies!

Learning to beat allergies!

What if we could teach an infant’s body to tolerate allergens, thus preventing allergies in that infant’s life? Sounds far-fetched, but it’s not anymore, thanks to recent study in mice. Researchers at Montreal Children’s Hospital from the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC) gave an inhibitor peptide, STAT6-IP, to neonatal mice by nose drops. They […]

Shetland Ponies help in the search for allergy relief

Shetland Ponies help in the search for allergy relief

Midges are those tiny biting flies that are the bane of the equine existence. Some horses don’t seem to have any allergic effects, but others are absolutely miserable from them. Researchers at the University of Edinburgh have found that all horses react – just in different ways. Those horses that do not seem to have any effect […]

How mice are helping fight food allergy

How mice are helping fight food allergy

Peanut exposures are a much feared part of life for many families. Four out of every 100 children have a food allergy – some life threatening. Peanuts and mice might not seem to be related, but they are! Mouse models are consistently and reliably similar to human allergy, thanks to the “genetic revolution” (also made possible […]