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Do Genes Play a Role in Peanut Allergies? New Study Suggests Yes

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Researchers have pinpointed a region in the human genome associated with peanut allergy in U.S. children, offering strong evidence that genes can play a role in the development of food allergies.

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Peanut Allergy Expert Available to Speak on New Study

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Early Consumption of Peanuts Prevents Peanut Allergy in High-Risk Infants

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A study reported today in the New England Journal of Medicine demonstrates that consumption of a peanut-containing snack by infants who are at high-risk for developing peanut allergy prevents the subsequent development of allergy. The “Learning Early About Peanut allergy” (LEAP) study, designed and conducted by the Immune Tolerance Network and led by Gideon Lack at Kings College London, is the first randomized trial to prevent food allergy in a large cohort of high-risk infants.

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Breastfeeding, Other Factors Help Shape Immune System Early in Life

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Henry Ford Hospital researchers say that breastfeeding and other factors influence a baby’s immune system development and susceptibility to allergies and asthma by what’s in their gut.

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Epigenetic Study Finds Genes Involved in Allergies, Asthma

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Researchers from Canada, the UK, Sweden and the US have discovered more than 30 genes that strongly affect an antibody involved in allergies and asthma. Some of the genes could provide targets for drugs to treat those conditions, according to the international team’s study, published online in Nature.

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It’s a War on Pollen during Spring Allergy Season

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Tip sheet on best ways to combat symptoms of spring allergies.

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Ohio State Experts Study, Treat Mysterious and Growing Allergic Reaction

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It’s the hottest topic among allergy experts. It’s showing up more and doctors don’t yet know why. Allergy specialists at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center are seeing more people with eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE), an inflammatory response in the esophagus that makes it hard to swallow food.

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Help for Hay Fever Sufferers: Experts Outline Best Practices for Treating Fifth Most Common Disease

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Sublingual immunotherapy is one of several state-of-the-science treatments for allergic rhinitis, or “hay fever,” being recommended by a panel of experts in a new guideline published Feb. 2, 2015, by the American Academy of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery Foundation.

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3D Enzyme Model Provides New Tool for Anti-Inflammatory Drug Development

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To better understand PLA2 enzymes and help drive therapeutic drug development, researchers at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine developed 3D computer models that show exactly how two PLA2 enzymes extract their substrates from cellular membranes. The new tool is described in a paper published online the week of Jan. 26 by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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Leave Your Sweetie Breathless This Valentine’s Day – but Not From an Allergic Response

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Tips for those who are out to impress this February 14th on how to keep their sweetheart safe from suffering an allergic response. You want to leave your loved one breathless with anticipation, not breathless from an asthma attack.