New Insights on Allergies May Improve Diagnosis & Treatment
Results from a study led by investigators at Massachusetts General Hospital may help to improve the diagnosis and treatment of allergies, pointing to a potential marker of these conditions and a new therapeutic strategy. The research is published in Nature.
Nearly one-third of the world's population suffers from allergies. These conditions are caused by certain antibodies—called IgE antibodies—that bind to allergens such as peanuts and trigger a reaction that releases an array of molecules that cause allergic symptoms, and in extreme cases, potentially life-threatening anaphylaxis.
Scientists have been perplexed by the fact that many individuals ...