4 years after immunotherapy, kids still peanut-tolerant

Scientists have been working tirelessly on a cure for allergies for many years. New findings show just how close they may be getting.

Researchers in Melbourne, Australia, gave 48 children a peanut protein-containing probiotic (or a placebo) every day for 18 months. A month after halting the dose, around 80% of tested kids could tolerate […]

Farm animals help prevent asthma and allergies in kids, study finds

In the past, we’ve talked about how household pets can lead to healthier babies. But cats and dogs aren’t the only animals linked to better health in youngsters. New evidence from researchers in Switzerland suggests that interaction with farm animals can help prevent asthma and allergies.

“Early childhood contact with animals, and the consumption of […]

As food allergies rise, researchers dig deeper

A group of medical researchers are taking a new approach to examining food allergy patterns in the United States.

Instead of using traditional methods to learn about people with food allergies, the team has undertaken the monumental task of analyzing the medical records of a whopping 2.7 million patients.

“Recent reports suggest that food allergies […]

Researchers suggest tree nut allergies may be diagnosed too freely

Are tree nut allergies holding you back from enjoying some salty snacks? Well, a new study suggests that the common practice of telling patients allergic to one tree nut to avoid all other tree nuts may not be necessary.

The study, published by the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI), found that many […]

Kid’s allergies may be linked to how you wash your dishes

Parents that wash dishes by hand rather than in a dishwasher may lower their children’s risk of developing allergies according to a new study.

Published in the journal Pediatrics, this study followed roughly 1,000 young children and their parents living in the Gothenburg area of Sweden. Researchers looked into not only if the parents washed […]

Case demonstrates relationship between food allergies and asthma

Further evidence of the relationship between food allergies and asthma was demonstrated in a recent case in which a two-year-old girl from Pennsylvania nearly died after suffering an unusually severe allergic reaction after eating an orange.

According to a recent article in Live Science, after the toddler ingested the orange, she developed an allergic reaction […]

The role of histamine in the human body

Many are familiar with the word histamine, in the sense of antihistamine drugs that are taken by millions of allergy suffers around the world. In a very general sense these drugs work by blocking the compound known as histamine that our bodies produce during an allergic reaction. This in turn controls common symptoms such as […]

How hormones impact the stock trading floor

The stock floor is stressful enough: money flying in and out of hands, companies’ prices rising and falling and the nation watching and waiting to see what the stock market may have to say about the economy. Add in hormones, and the stock trading floor can become a whole different situation.

Researchers from Cambridge University […]

New studies point to why and how of food allergies

Food allergies are on the rise—and quickly. In recent reports from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, food allergy rates in children younger than 18 grew about 18% between 1997 and 2007. Many of these food allergies can be narrowed down to a few types of food (peanuts, eggs, milk, tree nuts, wheat, […]

How pets can make you healthier

When I was younger, I wanted to be a veterinarian. Many of my toys were of the animal variety, and I’ve always cooed over every dog, cat, rabbit, guinea pig or any other animal I’ve ever seen. Animals are fantastic, and I love having them around me to pick up my spirits and to make […]