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- Wilson Kimball was 40 years old when she found herself in the emergency room vomiting and suffering a severe migraine. Doctors were unable to pinpoint the cause, so after several days of testing, they released Kimball. On the way home, she stopped at her favorite deli and ordered tuna salad, made the Italian way with oil and vinegar instead of mayonnaise. The vomiting immediately returned, but this time Kimball was able to help doctors figure out the culprit: An allergy to the mold in vinegar.
In medicine, doctors sometimes find unexpected applications for certain drugs.
Case in point: Ibrutinib, a drug that was recently approved by the FDA for people with leukemia and lymphoma, is effective at stopping reactions to common airborne allergens.
A team from Northwestern University headed by Dr. Bruce Bochner, the Samuel M. Feinberg Professor of Medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, published its findings in last month’s Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology.
The findings have implications for people with food allergies and airborne allergies, but there is still a long way to go, according to Bochner.
For her daughter's sake, Dr. Ruchi Gupta would love to have a "safe" peanut.
The director of the Food Allergy Outcomes Research Program at Northwestern Medicine in Chicago, and all those connected to the 2.8 million peanut-allergy sufferers in the U.S., might get that wish in the not- too-distant future. Moreover, while the number of those with the allergy that can turn deadly in seconds has doubled in the last two decades, researchers are learning how to lessen the problem in children or keep them from developing it in the first place.
Ways to deal with your allergies
It's allergy season. Hooray, said no one ever.
Dr. Bradley Sabin of Northwestern Medicine in Chicago said he advocates three things to his allergy patients:
- Allergy avoidance
- Allergy medications
- Allergy immunotherapy
- According to the World Allergy Organization (WAO) there is hope for those who suffer from chronic urticaria to improve quality of life. From April 2-8 WAO and allergy/clinical immunology societies around the world that are members of the organization are offering educational events and distributing information about the disease as part of World Allergy Week.
Infants as young as 4 months old should be introduced to peanut-containing foods to prevent the development of peanut allergies, according to new guidelines from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
“It’s an important issue for lots of parents. They don’t want their kids developing a food allergy,” said Dr. Ruchi Gupta, who helped develop the guidelines and is an attending physician at Lurie Children’s Hospital specializing in asthma, food allergies and eczema.
Krishan Chhiba in Paul Bryce laboratory received a priority score of 10 for his National Research Service Award (NRSA) grant proposal to the National Institutes of Health.
Krishan Chhiba in the Paul Bryce laboratory received a priority score of 10, the highest possible score, for his National Research Service Award (NRSA) grant proposal to the National Institutes of Health.
Static hair, nosebleeds and cracked skin are all signs that dry, cold winter weather has arrived. Great.
People with seasonal allergies may notice other discomforts like irritated sinuses or eczema, too, according to Anju Peters, an allergist and immunologist at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.
PhD Student Laura Johnston, in Paul Bryce Lab Explores the Development of Eosinophils in Allergic Diseases
Northwestern Medicine scientists have demonstrated that a cytokine known to be important in allergic disease called interleukin-33 (IL-33) plays a key role regulating stem cells under normal, healthy conditions. Laura Johnston, a fifth-year doctoral student in Feinberg’s Driskill Graduate Program (DGP), was the first author of the paper, published in The Journal of Immunology.
- A study found that consumers with food allergy concerns often misunderstand food labels about allergens that say "may contain" or "manufactured on shared equipment." While they should avoid such products to prevent what could be a serious allergic reaction, up to 40 percent bought food items with precautionary allergen labels.