House CallDec/Jan 2010 Issue

Research Roundup: Allergies and Food Sensitivities

Research Roundup: Allergies and Food Sensitivities

The latest medical news for people with allergies and food sensitivities

Researchers at the University of Glasgow Biomedical Research Centre in Scotland have made some discoveries that could one day lessen the risks of anaphylaxis, a severe allergic reaction that can lead to breathing problems, cardiac arrest and even death. The research team identified a molecule, IL-33, that helps regulate the immune system. Their work showed that IL-33 acts as an amplifier of sorts for the inflammation that occurs during anaphylactic shock. They also discovered that blocking the process can reduce the severity of the reaction. The group is continuing to research the role of IL-33 and an agent that stops its activity. The work was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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