• Discovered: The Molecule Responsible for Itchiness

    Discovered: The Molecule Responsible for Itchiness

    The journal Science reports new information about the mechanism of itching. Many allergy patients are all too familiar with skin itching, sometimes as a problem in itself and, for others, as a major symptom of hives and eczema. As described in the report, the molecules and receptors involved in itching are now better understood, but translating these findings into treatments for affected patients will require more study.

  • The Magic Molecule of Immunity?

    The Magic Molecule of Immunity?

    Allergy and asthma treatment is constantly evolving. New discoveries about the immune system help us understand how illnesses such as nasal allergy, asthma, eczema, hives and immune deficiency develop in some people and lead to new ways to diagnose and treat these conditions. Interestingly, findings from basic research on the immune system can have far reaching implications, leading to improvements in the treatment of many types of illnesses. A recent Wall Street Journal article describes research that will likely have such implications.

  • Children with Milk Allergy May be "Allergic to School": Chalk dust can contain milk protein, triggering respiratory symptoms

    Many of today’s school teachers opt for dustless chalk to keep hands and classrooms clean. But according to a recent study, this choice in chalk may cause allergy and asthma symptoms in students that have a milk allergy. Casein, a milk protein, is often used in low-powder chalk. When milk allergic children inhale chalk particles containing casein, life-threatening asthma attacks and other respiratory issues can occur.

  • Have Asthma? You Likely Have an Allergy as Well

    Asthma is becoming an epidemic in the United States. The number of Americans diagnosed with asthma grows annually, with 26 million currently affected. According to a new study, nearly two-thirds or more of all asthmatics also have an allergy, which can make this spring season particularly bothersome. The study found that an astonishing 75 percent of asthmatic adults aged 20- to 40-years-old, and 65 percent of asthmatic adults aged 55 years and older, have at least one allergy.

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