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Does the presence of allergies lower the incidence of brain tumors?

Published on Aug 21, 2012 with 1 comment

Researchers at The National Cancer Institute have made an interesting observation. When studying patients with Glioma, a serious form of brain tumor, they noticed that those patients with the presence of allergy antibodies in their blood had approximately 1/2 the incidence of brain tumor two decades later, versus those who did not have allergy markers in their blood. This observation could suggest that the presence of allergies, meaning the over-stimulation of the immune response to ordinary things we are exposed to, could also stimulate that component of the immune system that protects us from other diseases; in this case, brain tumors. The reduced risk was found to be greater in women than men. Fascinating, indeed!
It is difficult to make sweeping epidemiological conclusions based on this study alone, but this observation is important in unraveling the intricate workings of the immune system.


Great post! I learned a lot

By optometrist on 2012 10 02

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