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Common protein in skin can ‘turn on’ allergic itch

Common protein in skin can 'turn on' allergic itch 1

Credit: Alice MacGregor Harvey A commonly expressed protein in skin—periostin—can directly activate itch-associated neurons in the skin, according to new research from North Carolina State University. The researchers found that blocking periostin receptors on these neurons reduced the itch response in a mouse model of atopic dermatitis, or eczema. The …

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    Think you’re allergic to penicillin? You are probably wrong

    Think you're allergic to penicillin? You are probably wrong 3

    More than 30 million people in the United States wrongly believe they are allergic to penicillin—resulting in millions of dollars in added health care costs, adverse side effects from the use of more powerful antibiotics and a risk in the rise of dangerous antibiotic resistant infections. This misconception and public …

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