HOME >> MEDICINE >> NEWS
Experimental ragweed therapy offers allergy sufferers longer relief with fewer shots

Americans accustomed to the seasonal misery of sneezing, runny noses and itchy, watery eyes caused by ragweed pollen might one day benefit from an experimental allergy treatment that not only requires fewer injections than standard immunotherapy, but leads to a marked reduction in symptoms that persists for at least a year after therapy has stopped, according to a new study in the October 5 issue of The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM). The research was sponsored by the Immune Tolerance Network, which is funded by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) and the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), both components of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International.

"As many as 40 million Americans suffer from seasonal allergies caused by airborne pollens produced by grasses, trees and weeds," says NIH Director Elias A. Zerhouni, M.D. "Finding new therapies for allergy sufferers is certainly an important research goal."

"This innovative research holds great promise for helping people with allergies," says NIAID Director Anthony S. Fauci, M.D. "A short course of immunotherapy that reduces allergic symptoms over an extended period of time will significantly improve the quality of life for many people."

Ragweed is one of the most common pollens in the United States and is prevalent in the Northeast, Midwest and the South. In Baltimore, where the NEJM study was conducted, the ragweed pollen season lasts from mid-August to October.

Physicians treat people suffering from mild and moderate ragweed allergies with antihistamines or nasal corticosteroids. However, when people with allergies do not respond to these treatments or experience severe symptoms, the next therapeutic option is a course of subcutaneous injections of the allergen, which is called allergen immunotherapy. Although this standard immunotherapy is oft
'"/>

Contact: Kathy Stover
kstover@niaid.nih.gov
301-402-1663
NIH/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
4-Oct-2006


Page: 1 2 3 4

Related medicine news :

1. Experimental gene therapy abolishes arthritis pain and lessens joint damage
2. Mayo Clinic research in cardiovascular disease presented at Experimental Biology 2007
3. Experimental flu vaccine appears promising in early tests
4. Experimental medication kicks depression in hours instead of weeks
5. Experimental vaccine protects lab animals against several strains of H5N1
6. Experimental shingles vaccine proves effective in nationwide study
7. Experimental therapies and vaccines for Ebola and Marburg viruses focus of Academy meeting
8. Chemotherapy with bevacizumab increases risk of blood clots in arteries
9. Nonsmall cell lung cancer -- chemotherapy before surgery appears better than surgery alone
10. Stroke in nonvascular atrial fibrillation -- anti-coagulants better than anti-platelet therapy
11. Hormone therapy offers new hope for ovarian cancer patients

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:9/20/2017)... ... ... “RECYCLED Ezekiel's Plan for Freedom from ADDICTION”: A Bible-inspired ... the creation of published author, Bill Miller. Bill Miller has a unique ... than a decade of addiction to prescription drugs. He has a Bachelor ...
(Date:9/20/2017)... ... , ... Houston, Texas, investment firm CORDA Investment Management, LLC, believes in giving ... off work and rolled up their sleeves to help with relief efforts. The team ... the process of rebuilding. , CORDA founder Bonner C. Barnes notes that investment management ...
(Date:9/20/2017)... ... ... “Psalms of Humidity”: is a fascinating depiction of daily struggles and the inspirational solutions ... God. “Psalms of Humidity” is the creation of published author, David Waldrop, an imperfect ... are the very same things that have shaped him into the man that he ...
(Date:9/20/2017)... ... 20, 2017 , ... “The Financial Favor of God; Second Edition”: a personal ... Edition” is the creation of published author, Brooks Rathell. , “We typically hear about ... you about the financial favor of God. Not only does it exist, but it ...
(Date:9/20/2017)... ... September 20, 2017 , ... “Monique”: is the story of Monique, whose ... creation of published author, Colleen Crispi, has owned four beauty salons and written a ... in real estate and cooking. , “The doctor’s office was only three blocks ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:9/12/2017)... N.J. , Sept. 12, 2017  Consumer reviews on the ... Hearing as the number one company for hearing aids, ranking ... and fifteen other brands. ... Embrace Hearing Named #1 by Consumers For Hearing Aids ... Embrace Hearing is an online store that provides high ...
(Date:9/9/2017)... Sept. 8, 2017 Dealmed Medical Supplies, ... of medical equipment, supplies, drugs, vaccines, and specialty medical ... into an agreement to acquire Vantage Medical Supplies, a ... Holtsville, New York . ... new and emerging medical practices, will operate under the ...
(Date:9/7/2017)... nearly two decades, New Life Agency has been committed to providing the ... Life Agency announces a powerful three-way partnership designed to deliver substantial savings ... ... http://www.schrafts2.com/ (PRNewsfoto/PharmaCareCard) ... http://pharmacarecard.com/ (PRNewsfoto/PharmaCareCard) ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:
Cached News: