Peanut allergies are annoying, certainly, and they can even be life-threatening, but a new study suggests that there may be an upside to suffering from allergies. Science News recently reported on new research that shows those suffering from allergies may be less susceptible to a range of brain tumors.
Researchers from the University of Illinois surveyed hospital patients in Chicago, finding that those with a history of allergies were less likely to have a common type of brain cancer known as glioma.
344 patients diagnosed with glioma were involved in the survey. Only 35 percent of these had ever been diagnosed with an allergy. 656 other patients were surveyed by the researchers; of these, nearly half had been diagnosed with allergies.
Glioma may not be the only cancer that appears to be negatively correlated with allergies. A range of allergic conditions such as hay fever and peanut allergies may also be associated with a lower risk of pancreatic and colorectal cancers.
Scientists think that allergy sufferers have lower rates of cancer because of the way immune cells work. Those with allergies have overactive immune systems, leaving them better able to respond to foreign cells, such as cancer cells.
To further study this link, a research team from the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center at the University of Texas has launched a similar study involving 6,000 glioma patients.
Read more about these new developments in allergy research here: http://www.myfoxdc.com/dpp/health/new-study-suggests-allergy-sufferers-less-prone-to-brain-cancer-033111