Saturday, August 18, 2012

Research Reinforces Potential Allergies-Glioma Connection

By Mike Martin for the Journal of the National Cancer Institute

Research reported in 2011 from several American and European universities supports the decades-old hypothesis that people with allergies have a low incidence of glioma: up to four times lower than that of non-allergy sufferers in some studies. 

First identified two decades ago, the inverse relationship between allergies and glioma “is one of the most consistent associations in the brain tumor literature,” wrote Darrell Bigner, M.D., Ph.D., director of the Duke University Tisch Brain Tumor Center, in a February 2011 Cancer Epidemiology paper. 

Although past studies have failed to confirm the inverse allergy association in meningioma and acoustic neuroma, they have confirmed it for glial cells.

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