Allergy and Immunology

Fever is good for Immunity

fever good for immunity
Stop before you pop an antipyretic, the next time that you have fever. This is because fever may actually help in the generation of T- cells which are important for developing immunity. Scientists have found that T- cells are more effective when the body temperature is elevated. This new research, led by Dr. Elizabeth A. Repasky from the Department of Immunology, Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Buffalo, New York, has been published in the latest issue of the Journal of Leukocyte Biology....

Response to Asthma Treatment Depends Upon the Patient's Genetic Make- Up

Asthma is a disease affecting almost 300 million people around the world. Although treatment with inhaled corticosteroids is the most accepted form of treatment for asthma, the response to therapy varies from person to person. Inhaled corticosteroids reduce the inflammation and swelling of the airways. This helps the patients to breathe easier. Up to 40 percent patients do not show any response to inhalation corticosteroids. A recent study has found that there is a genetic basis behind the...

Consuming Farm Milk can Protect Children against Asthma and Allergies

A recent study, held in rural regions of Germany, Austria, and Switzerland, has found that children who drank raw farm milk were less likely to develop childhood asthma and allergies as compared to children who drank pasteurized milk. The researchers of the study believe that the protective effect of raw milk consumption on asthma might be associated with the whey protein fraction of milk. The study was base on a questionnaire about farm milk consumption and other farm-related exposures....

Testosterone Protects Men from Inflammatory Diseases

Scientists have often pondered why certain inflammatory diseases and allergies are more common in women as compared to men. Finally, they seem to have got an answer to this question. Pharmacists at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena (Germany) have shown in a recent study that it is the male sex hormone, testosterone which protects the men against these illnesses. According to the research which is published in the current edition of the scientific journal ‘FASEB Journal’, sexual hormones...

Food Allergies are Far More Common than We Think

About 6 million kids, constituting around 8% of children in the U.S. under the age of 18, suffer from various kinds of food allergies, as reported in a study published in the July issue of Pediatrics. Amongst these children, about 30% are allergic to multiple foods. This number is far greater than what had been previously thought. Dr. Ruchi Gupta, an assistant professor of pediatrics at Northwestern University and a pediatrician at Children's Memorial Hospital, Chicago; and the lead author of...

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