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What are allergies? What is an allergy?

Allergies are hypersensitive immune responses to substances that either enter or come in contact with the body, such as pet dander, pollen or bee venom. A substance that causes an allergic reaction is called an “allergen”. Allergens can be found in food, drinks or the environment. Most allergens are harmless, i.e. the majority of people are not affected by them…
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Pesticides In Tap Water Responsible For Food Allergy Increase

Pesticides and tap water may be responsible for the increase in food allergies, which now affect 15 million people in the U.S. The finding was published in Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, the scientific journal of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI), and came from a team of experts led by Elina Jerschow, M.D., M.Sc., ACAAI fellow and allergist…
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Child’s Allergy Risk Higher If Parent Of Same Sex Has It

Researchers have discovered an interesting fact about the genetic basis of childhood allergic diseases: a child is more likely to have a particular allergy if his or her same-sex parent has it. So for example, a girl’s chance of having asthma is higher if her mother has it, and a boy’s is higher if his father has it. And the same appears to be true of eczema and other childhood allergies…
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Allergy Sufferers Have Lower Risk Of Brain Tumors

A new study has added to the growing body of evidence implying that there’s a link between allergies and reduced risk of a serious type of cancer that starts in the brain. According to this particular study, published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, the reduced risk seems to be stronger among women than men, however men have a lower tumor risk with certain allergies…
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Tick Bites May Cause Red Meat Allergy

A new study by Susan Wolver, MD, and Diane Sun, MD, from Virginia Commonwealth University, and colleagues, discovered that the tick bite is the cause for a delayed allergic reaction to red meat. Their research, published by Springer in the Journal of General Internal Medicine, explains why people bitten by a tick may become allergic to red meat…
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