Dr Kari Nadeau, who runs the Sean Parker Center for Allergy and Asthma Research at Stanford University, takes us on a tour of food allergies in this interview with Rob Reid on the After On podcast.
Beginning with a history of food allergy starting back in the 1940’s when 0.1% of the population suffered from the disease to today when 8% of people under the age of 21 are afflicted, Dr Nadeau covers such topics as food sensitivities vs allergies, how the immune system works and what goes wrong in allergies, why blood tests do not provide definitive results, the atopic march, early introduction of allergens, epigenetics, OIT/EPIT/SLIT immunotherapy, Dr Nadeau’s work with Xolair and multi-allergen immunotherapy, and next steps in research including work in biomarkers and allergy vaccines.
If you have food allergies or care for someone who does, invest the time to listen to this interview. You will come away with a solid foundation to understand the disease and be optimistic about how research into treatments and a cure is progressing.
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