Thursday, February 11, 2016

Growing up on a farm provides protection against asthma and allergies


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      If you've ever dealt with dust or pollen allergies, you know what it feels like taking the effort to go outside on a breezy summer day. If you forget your allergy medicine, you're most likely screwed, sneezing every minute with your head congestion causing extreme discomfort and inability to fully enjoy the outdoors. Well have no fear! There might be a cure for your allergies in future years because of the research currently being conducted.
      Researchers in Belgium have been studying children who live on farms to see if they could find out why they aren't as susceptible to dust allergies as children who aren't raised on farms. Turns out, that there is a protein in respiratory tracts (in which mucous is produced) that protects reactions to house mite dust and farm dust. This protein is called the A20 protein.
     This discovery reminds me of what we talked about in our health class, how environment effects your health. Kids who grew up on farms had activated proteins that allow them not to act as severely to allergies as those of us who live in more urban areas.
     What these researchers are doing has opened up the possibility of developing asthma and allergy vaccines and therapies.
      My questions for you readers:
How successful do you think vaccines would be with the research that they have now?
For those of you with allergies, how many of you wouldn't think twice about trying an allergy vaccine? I certainly would take the chance.

13 comments:

  1. I believe that the vaccines will work based off the research because there is a huge number of people who would benefit. If a company can make vaccines with the same substances as farm dust then they could dramatically decrease the amount of people with allergies or asthma, which would make them an enormous amount of money.

    For me, personally despite my allergies I would wait for there to be more research to find out if there would be any downsides for these vaccines and to see if it actually works before taking it. I would definitely think twice, as you never know if something is safe until they test it.

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  2. This is the first time I have heard about this possibility, and I find it really interesting. As I was reading it, it does make sense to me because if you grow up around "farm dust" your body will get used to it in a way and that could protect you from that type of allergies and asthma. I think we are technologically advanced enough to research this and a helpful vaccine could be created out of it. I do have allergies and asthma because of the allergies and I am miserable most of the year so I might try an allergy vaccine. I would most likely wait a couple of years though until it has been around for longer to make sure it is completely safe, even though the vaccine could be amazing for me. But that is my personal opinion and bias towards the topic of allergies.

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  3. I believe that scientists should try and create a vaccine that stops allergies because I know many people that suffer with allergies and dread them. There is evidence "that there is a protein in respiratory tracts (in which mucous is produced) that protects reactions to house mite dust and farm dust. This protein is called the A20 protein." proves that there is a protein that could potentially cure allergies. This vaccine could be very beneficial especially during allergy season to many people. I personally wouldn't use this vaccine right away just so I could see what the outcome for the vaccine would be. I think that this vaccine will be successful because there is evidence to support their claim and there is many technology advances to achieve this goal.

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  4. With the knowledge they have now about the environment, and how it is such a key factor in people's health, I think vaccines can make so much more of an impact. With the more time that goes on, the more scientists are able to discover, and the more they are able to progress in their studies. This recent finding is proof that things we normally wouldn't have thought twice about in the past can now prevent common diseases. I wouldn't hesitate to try an allergy vaccine, since it has been proven to work, and it sounds very effective. In fact, I would be enthusiastic to get a vaccine with so much potential, that could vastly improve my health.

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  5. This article is especially interesting because I have read articles about the "hygiene hypothesis." This hypothesis suggests that people who are not exposed to allergens are more likely to develop allergies. With this scientific study, we have more firmly established a connection (at least with farm dust and the A20 protein). I believe that the vaccine would be very helpful in substituting for the lack of exposure to certain allergens we have and I would definitely be willing to try a vaccine, if it is safe. Of course, there will still be people who do not want vaccines, and for them, it would be good if there was a substitute, such as going to the farm.

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  6. I agree with this statement because I also have allergies. I used to take a lot of medication to help my sneezing and feeling of congestion because we had a dog. But after a year or so I noticed that I didn't have to take as much of the medicine anymore and then eventually I stopped using it.

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  7. The past couple of years I have had an increase in symptoms from my allergies. I don't really believe I would ever trust a medication to cure my allergies. Lately I have just dealt with the sneezing and runny nose. I have never had a problem so severe that I had to take medication. I believe that if I were to have some symptoms that was so distracting I couldn't focus in school I might decide to use the medication.

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  8. After reading the article it seems that they believe that a vaccination can prevent allergies, but how are they sure the vaccination will work. Children who live in farms don't get as much allergies because they are used to the environment, but some of us aren't. Also how do we know some of us won't get an allergic reaction. I feel like one will get used of the pollen etc. once they've been around it for quite some time. I don't think they need a vaccination to help prevent it. I do have allergies, but I wouldn't consider getting medication for it because I don't think that medication could prevent it even if scientists say it can prevent allergies. I feel like it's something that one will have less of by being around it more.

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  9. I agree with this issue 100% I have a problem with allergies myself. Every morning I have to take medication so that my nose won't run and so that I won't be sneezing all day. I feel like medicine does not fully help because even though people take it including myself it really is just for a certain amount of time. Hopefully scientists could find another way to stop allergies that stop it for the long term and not short term.

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  10. I would have to assume that the vaccine would be pretty successful, the research the researchers have been doing seems pretty foolproof. Allergies is a son of a gun, out of nowhere these sneezing fits come. If there is something that will stop that from happening, I would try it if I needed it that badly. Let's wait until there is an actual vaccine right now we're just waiting. Bring the pollen on I say, we can take it.

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  11. I find it fascinating that there is a cure to allergies out there, but I don't believe that living on a farm makes you more immune to allergies because, I have lived on a farm out in the country during my childhood and I still have these terrible seasonal allergies.I do believe how your body would react would depend on the environment, I lived in Houston for about 3 years and I always had a coughing problem because of how bad the environment was.When I moved back to the country I noticed I was not having such problems daily just seasonal.

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  12. I find it fascinating that there is a cure to allergies out there, but I don't believe that living on a farm makes you more immune to allergies because, I have lived on a farm out in the country during my childhood and I still have these terrible seasonal allergies.I do believe how your body would react would depend on the environment, I lived in Houston for about 3 years and I always had a coughing problem because of how bad the environment was.When I moved back to the country I noticed I was not having such problems daily just seasonal.

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  13. Its really cool how they were able to research how living on a farm can provide immunity to the reactions from having allergies from the A20 protein found in the farm dust. I think that, as they said, in the future they could make a vaccine for allergies and asthma. I personally get allergies every now and then, but if it worked and was safe, I would get a vaccine against allergies.

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