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2013-12-15 12:20:05

New biological targets may make asthma in people with obesity easier to treat BOSTON, Dec. 15, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Research conducted at Boston Children's Hospital indicates that obesity might cause asthma via factors in the immune system and suggests a new way of treating asthma in obese people--who often respond poorly to standard asthma medications. The study, conducted in a mouse model of asthma and in human lung fluid, was published online Dec. 15 by Nature Medicine. A...

2013-10-31 12:27:00

Small trial, combining anti-allergy medication and desensitization method, could change clinical approach for patients with severe peanut allergies BOSTON, Oct. 31, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A pilot study from Boston Children's Hospital's Division Allergy and Immunology and Harvard Medical School shows that desensitizing peanut allergic patients through increased peanut exposure, in tandem with an allergy drug called omalizumab (Xolair®, anti-IgE monoclonal antibody,...

2013-09-01 12:20:18

Study helps explain why some asthma patients don't respond to current treatments BOSTON, Sept. 1, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A common fungal infection can trigger asthma and make it much worse by way of a route not targeted by existing asthma drugs, report researchers at Boston Children's Hospital. Their findings, published online by Nature Medicine on September 1, have implications for some patients with severe asthma who may be chronically exposed to fungi and can become...

2011-05-31 12:35:33

Study suggests new therapeutic targets for virally-induced asthma attacks When children with asthma get the flu, they often land in the hospital gasping for air. Researchers at Children's Hospital Boston have found a previously unknown biological pathway explaining why influenza induces asthma attacks. Studies in a mouse model, published online May 29 by the journal Nature Immunology, reveal that influenza activates a newly recognized group of immune cells called natural helper cells "“...

2011-03-22 12:37:50

Some 3 million children in the United States have some form of food allergy, ranging in severity from mild to life-threatening. Milk allergy is the most common, affecting 2.5 percent of children under age 3. In a small clinical study, immunologists and allergists at Children's Hospital Boston and the Stanford University School of Medicine report effectively desensitizing milk-allergic patients by increasing their exposure to milk in tandem with an allergy drug called omalizumab, allowing...

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2010-12-13 13:40:00

Activating the right immune cells in infants could lead to new vaccine In a paper that suggests a new strategy to prevent asthma, scientists at Children's Hospital Boston and their colleagues report that the influenza virus infection in young mice protected the mice as adults against the development of allergic asthma. The same protective effect was achieved by treating young mice with compound isolated from the bacterium Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori), a bacterium that colonizes the stomach...

2010-12-13 11:00:00

Activating the right immune cells in infants could lead to new vaccine strategies BOSTON, Dec. 13, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In a paper that suggests a new strategy to prevent asthma, scientists at Children's Hospital Boston and their colleagues report that the influenza virus infection in young mice protected the mice as adults against the development of allergic asthma. The same protective effect was achieved by treating young mice with compound isolated from the bacterium...