Data collected from the National Health Interview Survey between 1997 and 2011 by the National Center for Health Statistics found that rates of food allergies in children are growing. These growing rates have concerned parents and education officials who want to be sure that children are not exposed to allergens at school.
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Across the country, parents are struggling to find ways to deal with their children's food allergies. In settings like school, it can be very hard to track children's eating habits and what they may be exposed to, so many parents are lobbying their local governments and the national government for assistance with this issue.
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For parents of children with food allergies, Halloween can be a difficult time. With so many candies and treats having peanuts, tree nuts, gluten and other allergens, knowing what to look for can be a potentially life-saving effort. During the actual trick-or-treating of Halloween night and the sharing of candy afterward, parents and schools need to be vigilant about keeping track of allergies.
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A 10-year-old boy has been cured from his severe peanut allergy, showing hope for those with serious allergy conditions. The boy was diagnosed with a peanut allergy from an allergy test when he was just over a year old. After a bone marrow transplant to combat another condition, the boy appears to have been cured of his allergy altogether.
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Following a study funded by the National Institutes of Health, there are new findings that suggest dust from homes with dogs may be beneficial in protection from the effects of asthma and allergies. Studying the immune responses of mice in lab tests, the research team found that dog-associated dust played a significant role in reducing allergy inflammation.
The team was made up of scientists from the University of Michigan, Georgia Regents University in Augusta, Henry Ford Health System in Detroit and the University of California, San Francisco. Their collaborative effort was supported by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
In the lab test, the researchers took dust from the home of a dog owner and exposed half of their mice to it, leaving the other half unprotected when they doused them in asthma-related irritants such as cockroach allergen. The group of mice introduced to dog dust showed lower airway inflammation and less mucus production than the mice that received no dust at all. What they discovered was that microbes in the dog dust were actually restructuring the organisms living in the mice's guts. This affected the mice's immune response and their ability to combat certain allergens.
They found that the bacteria Lactobacillus johnsonii was responsible for the increased resistance to the allergens, as they fed a live form of it to the unexposed mice and saw their immune systems responded similarly to those of the dust-exposed mice.
These results have the potential to create new strategies for treating and preventing allergy infections and asthma.
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A research team looking into the interaction between cancer and the immune system has discovered a link between blood cancer risk in women and a history of airborne allergies. The lack of an association with men suggested that a possible gender-specific function in chronic stimulation of the immune system might lead to the development of blood-related cancers.
Published in the American Journal of Hematology, the study showed the immune system's probable role in causing cancer and is a central point of scientific interest. Materials for the study were gathered from previous lab tests on voluntary participants.
To get their results, Mazyar Shadman, Ph.D., and his team from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center drew on a large sample of men and women who were part of the VITamins and Lifestyle study, which examined the association between cancer risk and supplement use. The participants, aged 50 to 76 years old, answered a questionnaire that centered on three major factors: diet, health history and cancer risk factors, and medication and supplement use. They also provided personal information such as age, race/ethnicity, diet, medical history and family history of lymphoma.
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