SEATTLE Ivanhoe Newswire) - The CDC says more than 50 million people in the U.S. suffer from allergies, and 15million are allergic to foods which can be life-threatening. Now, researchers have a target for developing treatments and better diagnoses.
Franny Halls peanut allergy has gotten worse since her first reaction to peanut butter in the first grade.
Franny said, My throat, it closes, like bit by bit and yeah, its just really hard to breathe.
She carries an Epi-pen everywhere she goes, and she's had to use it. Its tough for the whole family.
Tim Hall, Frannys dad, said You worry about what happens if this occurs to her and all the catastrophic things that can happen when you have anaphylaxis.
Erik Wambre, PhD, Principal Researcher at Benaroya Research Institute at Virginia Masons discovery of the TH2A cell could be a big step toward stopping allergies like Frannys. Now researchers can target the cell, which only appears in people with allergies.
Wambre said, If we can destroy or block the cells, these cells, you should have an improvement in your symptoms.
Now, Wambre is part of another study that uses the TH2A cells as a biomarker while participants are ...