Sign up for Englemed updates from TwitterSign up for Englemed updates from Facebook
Contact Englemed
Our contact email address.
We can provide a specialist, tailored health and medical news service for your site.
Click here for more information
RSS graphic XML Graphic Add to Google
About Englemed news services - services and policies.
Englemed News Blog - Ten years and counting.
Diary of a reluctant allergy sufferer - How the British National Health Service deals with allergy.
BookshopFor books on women's health, healthy eating ideas, mental health issues, diabetes, etc click here
Copyright Notice. All reports, text and layout copyright Englemed Ltd, 52 Perry Avenue, Birmingham UK B42 2NE. Co Registered in England No 7053778 Some photos copyright Englemed Ltd, others may be used with permission of copyright owners.
Disclaimer: Englemed is a news service and does not provide health advice. Advice should be taken from a medical professional or appropriate health professional about any course of treatment or therapy.
Pandemic getting worse - WHO
Fri July 10th - The COVID-19 pandemic is "getting worse," the World Health Organisation has warned, as the global curve shows little sign of flattening. More
Different treatment needed for non-smoking lung cancer patients
Fri July 10th - Lung cancer in non-smokers is a different disease from that found in smokers and is likely to require different treatment, a new study published last night has found. More
On 08/02/2018 David Kelly wrote:
Would you like to write a piece about this to be i... on Researchers unveil new pain re...
On 23/10/2017 Cristina Pereira wrote: on HIV breakthrough - MRC...
On 12/09/2017 Aparna srikantam wrote:
Brilliant finding! indeed a break through in under... on Leprosy research breakthrough...
On 01/07/2017 Annetta wrote:
I have been diagnosed with COPD for over 12 years.... on Seaweed plan for antimicrobial...
On 12/03/2017 Steph wrote:
The photo you have paired with this article is its... on 'Fat shaming' limits...
Clearing the air: An Assessment of Asthma and Indoor Allergens ABC of Asthma For more books click here
RSS graphic XML Graphic

Food allergy asthma link

Tuesday October 5th, 2010

People with food allergies are likely to be young, male and black - and suffer from asthma, according to a major study of the problem.

A US study of more than 8,000 people identified those with specific allergic reactions to peanuts, milk, eggs or shrimp.

The research links chronic asthma to food allergy - finding that people with asthma were nearly four times more likely than others to suffer reactions to the four foods. And an asthma sufferer with an allergy was nearly seven times as likely as other asthma patients to suffer a severe attack of the disease.

The findings, reported in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, seem to contradict recent genetic research, which suggested asthma and allergy might not have a common cause.

Researcher Dr Andrew Liu, of the University of Colorado, Denver, USA, said: "This study provides further credence that food allergies may be contributing to severe asthma episodes, and suggests that people with a food allergy and asthma should closely monitor both conditions and be aware that they might be related."

The researchers say that food allergies may remain undetected among high risk groups - as other studies of known sufferers have not shown it as being a problem among the same groups.

The research found 4.2 per cent of children aged between one and five suffering from allergies. This compared with 1.3 per cent amongst adults over the age of 60.

In total some 2.5 per cent of adults were found to have food allergies.

Dr Darryl Zeldin, of the US National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences said: "This study is very comprehensive in its scope. It is the first study to use specific blood serum levels and look at food allergies across the whole life spectrum, from young children aged one to five, to adults 60 and older."

Liu AH, Jaramillo R, Sicherer SH, Wood RA, Bock SA, Burks AW, Massing M, Cohn RD, Zeldin DC. National prevalence and risk factors for food allergy and relationship to asthma: Results from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey 2005-2006. J Allergy Clin Immunol. DOI: 10.1016/j.jaci.2010.07.026.

Tags: Allergies & Asthma | Child Health | Menís Health | North America

Printer friendly page Printer friendly page