3D illustration of a tapeworm infestation in a human intestine
Return of the Worms
Immunologists and parasitologists are working to revive the idea that helminths, and more specifically the molecules they secrete, could help treat allergies and autoimmune disease.
ABOVE: © istock.com, Christoph Burgstedt
Return of the Worms
Return of the Worms

Immunologists and parasitologists are working to revive the idea that helminths, and more specifically the molecules they secrete, could help treat allergies and autoimmune disease.

Immunologists and parasitologists are working to revive the idea that helminths, and more specifically the molecules they secrete, could help treat allergies and autoimmune disease.

ABOVE: © istock.com, Christoph Burgstedt

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December 2021 - Gut Guests - Infographic
Infographic: How Worms that Reside in the Gut Could Influence Health
Catherine Offord | Dec 1, 2021
Research in animals and people supports a range of mechanisms by which the parasites affect physiology and immune responses.
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New Models Improve Long-Term Grass Pollen Forecasts
Asher Jones | Mar 26, 2021
More-accurate predictions of the severity of an upcoming grass pollen season based on rainfall and temperature could help allergy sufferers manage their symptoms.
Severe Allergic Reactions to COVID-19 Vaccine Are Rare: CDC
Lisa Winter | Jan 7, 2021
The majority of people experiencing anaphylaxis had a history of allergic reactions, a report by the agency finds.
FDA Clears Genetic Modification in Pigs for Biomedicine and Food
Catherine Offord | Dec 15, 2020
The decision, which concerns the removal of a sugar molecule on the surface of cells in a line of domestic pigs, marks the first time an approval has been granted for both purposes simultaneously.
Chemosensory Cells in the Nose Play a Role in Allergic Reactions
Abby Olena | Jan 17, 2020
In mice, a group of nasal epithelial cells called brush cells release pro-inflammatory signals in response to allergens.
The Influence of Soil on Immune Health
Jef Akst | Jan 8, 2020
Recent work in humans and mice highlights how exposure to environmental microbes helps protect against allergies and other inflammatory diseases.
An Alternative Route to Anesthesia-Induced Anaphylaxis
Ruth Williams | Jul 10, 2019
A study in patients identifies a nontraditional immune pathway that can cause a severe reaction to anesthetic drugs.
Could Manipulating the Microbiome Treat Food Allergies?
Jef Akst | Jul 9, 2019
As evidence grows that gut bacteria play roles in the development and persistence of food allergies, researchers begin to explore microbe-based interventions.
Pioneering Immunologist Teruko Ishizaka Dies
Ashley Yeager | Jun 14, 2019
With her husband, she studied allergic reactions and identified antibodies that set off itching, wheezing, and rashes.
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Peanut Allergy Immunotherapy Increases Anaphylaxis Risk: Study
Kerry Grens | Apr 26, 2019
Although the oral treatment seems to work, an analysis of the results from 12 clinical trials finds kids who got an immunotherapy have a greater rate of serious reactions.
Salt Could Play a Role in Allergies
Abby Olena | Feb 20, 2019
High salt concentrations are present in the affected skin of people with atopic dermatitis and promote the differentiation of the T helper cells involved in the development of allergic diseases.
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Number of Pets in Infancy Tied to Lower Allergy Risk
Shawna Williams | Dec 19, 2018
A study finds the effect is dose-dependent, with each additional pet further lowering the odds of developing allergies.
How Do Infant Immune Systems Learn to Tolerate Gut Bacteria?
Diana Kwon | Jan 10, 2018
Scientists are beginning to unravel the ways in which we develop a healthy relationship with the bugs in our bodies.
Peanut Allergy Treatment Works Long Term
Jef Akst | Aug 17, 2017
Four years after taking a probiotic and peanut protein for 18 months, two-thirds of children in a small clinical trial can eat peanuts with no health issues.
Self-Experimentation Led to the Discovery of IgE
Andrea Anderson | Jun 1, 2017
In the 1960s, immunologists took matters into their own hands—and under their own skin—to characterize an immunoglobulin involved in allergies.
NIH: Allergen-Exposure Strategy Can Prevent Peanut Allergy
Joshua A. Krisch | Jan 4, 2017
In light of recent allergen-exposure studies, an agency-sponsored panel has formally recommended early introduction of peanuts in an effort to prevent potentially life-threatening allergies.
Further Support for Early-Life Allergen Exposure
Jef Akst | Sep 20, 2016
Egg and peanut consumption during infancy is linked to lower risk of allergy to those foods later in life, according to a meta-analysis.
Genome Digest
Alison F. Takemura | Sep 1, 2016
What researchers are learning as they sequence, map, and decode species’ genomes
Study: Nail-Biters, Thumb-Suckers Have Fewer Allergies
Tanya Lewis | Jul 11, 2016
The findings of a longitudinal study in New Zealand lend support to the hygiene hypothesis.