Eating peanuts while pregnant won't give your kid a nut allergy

It's been said that a good way to keep children from developing nut allergies is for moms to avoid peanuts, tree nuts, and related products during pregnancy. Turns out that's nonsense. A long-running health investigation involving over 8,000 kids now suggests you can scarf as many nuts while you're pregnant as you damn … » 12/26/13 9:40am 12/26/13 9:40am

Allergic Reactions to Bee Stings Could Actually Be Protecting Us

Food allergies are common, but so too are adverse reactions to insect stings. But while allergic reactions to bee stings can be damaging or even deadly, new evidence shows that it’s our body’s way of trying to protect us — a reaction that for some people goes way too far. » 10/24/13 9:00am 10/24/13 9:00am

Are chronic allergy sufferers in danger of being arrested for making…

To combat the rampant manufacture of meth, Iowa passed a bill in 2005 making it one of the first states to place pseudoephedrine behind the counter at pharmacies and placing limits on how much of the drug individuals could purchase. And, in 2010, Iowa joined the national database to track the purchase of… » 2/16/13 10:30am 2/16/13 10:30am

Are allergies our best defense against biohazards?

As common as they are, the origins of allergies are poorly understood. The prevailing theory is that they evolved as a method of defense against macroparasites — like ticks and worms — that are now triggered by a much wider variety of causes. However, a group of researchers from Yale think we're looking at it wrong,… » 4/29/12 9:30am 4/29/12 9:30am

Having intestinal worms could prevent allergic reactions

Intestinal worms have figured out a way to keep themselves protected from your body's immune system, by taking control of part of it. The job of flushing out these worms would normally go to your T cells, which attack invaders. But the worm Heligmosomoides polygyrus makes a protein which restrains the production of T… » 9/30/10 4:00pm 9/30/10 4:00pm