December 25, 2013

Boosts Their Tolerance

1 Eat Nuts When Pregnant for Allergy-Free Kid

The number of U.S. children suffering from allergies to peanuts or tree nuts has soared recently, with the rate of peanut allergies alone tripling from 0.4 percent in 1997 to 1.4 percent in 2010. But one suspected cause -- women eating nuts during pregnancy -- turns out to actually be allergy preventive, rather than causal. A study of just under 11,000 children born between 1989 and 1995 found that peanut or tree nut allergies were significantly fewer among children born to mothers who had eaten more nuts than average during pregnancy. The results, published in JAMA Pediatrics, support the growing belief among pediatricians that exposure to allergens during pregnancy helps boost the child's tolerance later and reduces his or her likelihood of developing allergies to those food items.

More at Healthline.com | Posted 4 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Previously: More Kids Have Food Allergies Than Estimated

Tags: Childhood Allergies, Food Allergies, Preventing Childhood Allergies, Nut Allergies, Eating Nuts During Pregnancy

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Reduces the Vaccine’s Effect

2 High Testosterone Means Higher Flu Risk

If a couple’s annual flu vaccinations seem to have more preventive value for the woman than the man, one key factor may be the male hormone testosterone. New research conducted by Stanford University found that men with high testosterone levels produced fewer antibodies in response to the vaccine, while women and men with low testosterone levels both tested significantly higher for antibodies. Testosterone evidently activates a male gene that hampers the effect of the vaccine, and may leave men more susceptible to bacterial, viral or fungal infections. Women’s shortage of the hormone, however, may make them more prone to immune system overreactions. One result of the findings may be for men to be given stronger doses of flu and other vaccines based on their testosterone levels.

More at Kirotv.com | Posted 4 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Previously: Universal Influenza Antibodies Discovered

Tags: Flu Vaccination, Testosterone and Influenza, Testosterone and Vaccine, Testosterone and Antibodies, Stanford University Testosterone Research

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