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Long Noncoding RNA Found to Quell Inflammation

WORCESTER, MA - A long non-coding RNA (lincRNA) - called lincRNA-EPS - responsible for regulating innate immunity has been identified by a team of scientists at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Abundantly found in macrophages, lincRNA-EPS keeps the genes that trigger inflammation turned off until a pathogen is encountered. This discovery points to an unrecognized role for lincRNAs in the immune system and may lead to new insights into inflammatory diseases caused by uncontrolled immune responses such as lupus or inflammatory bowel disease.

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Food Allergy Research & Education Expands FARE Clinical Network

Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE), the leading nonprofit organization working on behalf of the 15 million Americans with food allergies, today announced the expansion of the FARE Clinical Network, which now comprises 28 centers of excellence across the country. The FARE Clinical Network, dedicated to changing the face of food allergy care, is the only collaborative network of its kind.

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Study Shows Most Siblings of Food Allergic Kids Do Not Have Food Allergy

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Lurie Children's Hospital data suggests that the risk of food allergy in siblings of an affected child is only minimally higher than in the general population.

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Thumb-Sucking and Nail-Biting Have a Positive Side

Children who are thumb-suckers or nail-biters are less likely to develop allergic sensitivities. If they have both ‘bad habits’, they are even less likely to be allergic to such things as house dust mites, grass, cats, dogs, horses or airborne fungi.

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Allergy-Causing 'Bad Guy' Cells Unexpectedly Prove Life-Saving in C. difficile

Researchers have identified immune cells vital for protecting us from potentially fatal C. difficile infection. Surprisingly, those cells are often vilified for their role in causing asthma and allergies. But when it comes to C. difficile, they could be the difference in life and death.

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Daily “Soak and Smear” or Steer Clear?

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For at least 100 years, parents of kids who have eczema have asked doctors how often they should bathe their child. A new article in Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, offers insight into what the research indicates.

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Avoiding and Treating for Contact with Poisonous Plants

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With these tips from UAB Emergency Medicine, know how to identify poison ivy, oak and sumac, protect yourself against allergic reaction, and treat exposed areas.

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Study Suggests Kids with Food-Triggered Eczema Are at Risk for Developing Life-Threatening Food Allergy

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Elimination of the food that triggers atopic dermatitis, or eczema, is associated with increased risk of developing immediate reactions to that food, according to the results of a large-scale study recently published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. Immediate reactions to the culprit food range from hives to life-threatening anaphylaxis.

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Making Injectable Medicine Safer

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Bring the drugs, hold the suds. That summarizes a promising new drug-making technique designed to reduce serious allergic reactions and other side effects from anti-cancer medicine, testosterone and other drugs administered with a needle.

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Early Introduction of Allergenic Foods Reduces Risk of Food Sensitization

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Children who had a diet that included cow’s milk products, egg and peanut before age one were less likely to develop sensitization to the corresponding foods, according to new research presented at the ATS 2016 International Conference. Early introduction of eggs appeared to be especially beneficial, as it decreased the risk of sensitization to any of the three tested foods.

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Clearing the Air for African Americans, Sufferers with More Asthma Deaths

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In Houston, African-American adults comprise 19 percent of the population, but account for about 34 percent of hospital admissions and are roughly three times more likely to die from asthma. For this reason, Harris Health System and Baylor College of Medicine are conducting a $2.3 million study to help asthmatics control and manage their condition.

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Scientists Identify Potential Marker of EoE Disease Activity

Researchers have identified a potential marker of disease activity for a severe and often painful food allergic disease called eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE) – possibly sparing children with EoE the discomfort and risk of endoscopic procedures to assess whether their disease is active. Their study is published May 16 in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, researchers at the Cincinnati Center for Eosinophilic Disorders (CCED) at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center led the study.

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UC San Diego to Participate in White House’s National Microbiome Initiative

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On May 13, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) announced a new National Microbiome Initiative, a coordinated effort to better understand microbiomes and to develop tools to protect and restore healthy microbiome function. OSTP is launching the initiative with a combined federal agency investment of more than $121 million. The University of California San Diego is a key participant in this effort, investing $12 million in its own microbiome research efforts.

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Depressed Moms Not ‘in Sync’ with Their Kids, Children with ADHD Sleep Both Poorly and Less, Yeast Infection Linked to Mental Illness, and more in the Mental Health News Source

Depressed Moms Not ‘in Sync’ with Their Kids, Children with ADHD Sleep Both Poorly and Less, Yeast Infection Linked to Mental Illness, and more in the Mental Health News Source

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