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 […]

Asthma cure on the horizon?

Asthma cure on the horizon?

Millions of people suffer from asthma, a frightening disease that makes you feel like you’re drowning. Using both mouse and human cells – and a humanized mouse to show how human type 2 innate lymphoid cells (ILC2) work in the body, researchers at Janssen Research and Development, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Harvard Medical School are figuring […]

Learning to beat allergies!

The nose and lungs are a team, not a single player

It’s pretty much conventional wisdom that the entire respiratory tract – from nose to bronchioles – acts essentially as a single unit. New research in China suggests otherwise. Researchers developed a novel way to introduce allergens in the trachea of mice – at a point well past the nose, so that the nasal passages were […]

Estrogen makes anaphylaxis worse

Estrogen makes anaphylaxis worse

Much research involves male animals. Fortunately, that’s changing – and with interesting results! Allergic anaphylaxis is more severe in female mice than in males – because of estrogen. Researchers at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health, knew that women tend to have more severe anaphylactic reactions than do men, […]

Are you allergic to dust mites? A vaccine may be near!

Are you allergic to dust mites? A vaccine may be near!

Dust mites are everywhere. They love the places we love to be – cushy, comfy sleeping spots. And, there can be as many as several hundred to thousands of dust mites per gram of dust! While dust mites don’t bite and don’t spread disease, they can wreak havoc as an allergen – especially people with asthma. According […]