Australian scientists have identified peanut proteins that could be translated into the world 's first treatment for the often lethal food allergy, said Professor Robyn O'Hehir from Melbourne's The Alfred hospital and Monash University on Friday. The research identified some "dominant fragments" of peanut proteins that lab tests showed were able to interact with immune cells from an allergic person to build tolerance with no sign of triggering anaphylaxis. "These dominant fragments are the best candidates for a peanut allergy vaccine," said O'Hehir who led the research. "Immunotherapy is commonly used to treat people who are allergic to wasp and bee stings (where) protein extracts from the venom are given in increasing doses to desensitize the individual, " O'Hehir said. "Until now, peanuts have been regarded as too dangerous an allergy-provoker to try immunotherapy, however the latest discovery overcomes this problem." O'Hehir said the peanut proteins could be translated into a … [Read more...] about Australian scientists in peanut allergy treatment breakthrough
How to outgrow peanut allergy
People allergic to peanuts may find relief in a new research by American scientists, according to Huffington Post Monday. Scientists from the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine have found a way to turn off allergic responses by creating an immune system tolerant to peanuts. They attached peanut proteins, the source of the allergy, to white blood cells of mice. Then the mice's immune systems would recognise the proteins and become tolerant to them. When people eat peanuts, allergic human bodies would recognize peanut proteins as invading pathogens and trigger immune responses like throat swelling, even closing up, which can be lethal. Ditto for mice's bodies. But when peanut protein attached to the body's own cells, the immune systems would regard the peanut proteins as perfectly normal and not attack the cells, said Paul Bryce, an assistant professor involved in the study. Then the allergic responses disappeared. The research was conducted on mice. But the scientists … [Read more...] about Peanut allergies may be cured in future
Eating peanut products as a baby dramatically cuts the risk of allergy, a study reported in the New England Journal of Medicine suggests. Trials on 628 babies prone to developing peanut allergy found the risk was cut by over 80%. The King's College London researchers said it was the "first time" that allergy development had been reduced. But specialists warned at-risk families should not experiment with peanut products without medical advice. Daily nut The research team in London had previously found that Jewish children in Israel who started eating peanuts earlier in life had allergy levels 10 times lower than their equivalents in the UK. The trial focused on babies as young as four months who had already developed eczema - an early warning sign of allergies. Skin-prick tests were used to identify those who had not yet developed peanut allergy or had only a very mild response. Children under five should not eat whole peanuts, because of the risk of choking, so half were given a … [Read more...] about Early exposure ‘cuts peanut allergy’
VietNamNet Bridge - A vegetable farm in Cu Chi District in Ho Chi Minh City has organized classes for tourists who want to work as farmers and chefs. More than 1,000 foreign visitors join the classes each month. Photo: Zen Nguyen/Zing Pha Le … [Read more...] about Photos: Foreign tourists learn how to be farmers, chefs in Saigon
How to Transform People and Managers into Leaders? Profiles International in collaboration with PwC Vietnam as the media sponsor organised “How to transform people and managers into leaders” on August 29th at Hanoi Hilton Hotel. With decades of experience in management, HR Advisory, talent development, and leadership development solutions, two speakers who were senior leaders from PwC Vietnam and Profiles International Vietnam took turn sharing their specialist knowledge and insights. During the one and a half hour presentation, attendees learned about Challenges in improving the next generation of leaders; 8 Universal Management Competency; Solutions for developing the leadership system. Rick Yvanovich, Profiles International Vietnam’s National Director, and Profiles International South East Asia Associated Director said: “In every business, how to develop potential leaders and promote competent managers into leaders are key issues. Often, not every … [Read more...] about How to Transform People and Managers into Leaders?