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You are tempted to try the mouth watering egg curry or your favorite peanut cookies, but you know you can’t, as even a tiny bite could trigger off the allergies you have for those products.

Food allergies can be really fatal and can face life-threatening situations when you consume the allergic food products. So, the only option for you have is to avoid these foods and also have proper defenses with you (medication or injections) just in case you are too tempted for a bite.



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A food allergy is an immunologic response to a food protein. It is estimated that up to 12 million Americans have food allergies of one type or another, and the prevalence is rising. Six to eight percent of children have food allergies and two percent of adults have them. The most common food allergies in adults are shellfish, peanuts, tree nuts, sesame seeds, fish, and eggs], and the most common food allergies present in children are milk, eggs, and peanuts.

 Now, the good news is that scientists from IFR have discovered Interlukin-12, the missing molecule that normally keeps immune responses under control and appropriate. They bred mice to be allergic to peanuts and found that Interleukin-12 was missing in these mice. What this means is that, this molecule could stop any allergies that may be due to food. The scientists say the findings offered a potential target for the prevention or treatment of food allergies.

 

The research showed that there were special types of white blood cells called dendritic cells are important in helping the immune system decide on how to respond to foreign molecules. And these dendritic cells last longer than normal which over-stimulates the immune system and stop producing interluken-12, the molecule that keeps food allergies in check.So far, the research is only on the mice and further studies are on to find if whether similar characteristics can be found in human dendritic cells.

Hopefully, you will be able to enjoy your egg curry without worries soon!

via: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/6254576.stm

  

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