Cat-Allergy Breakthrough Could Herald New Treatments
Cure may be available within a few years: report
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Jul 25, 2013 3:05 AM CDT
Experts have made a breakthrough on cat allergies.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – Scientists have formulated a clearer picture of how cats cause allergic reactions, and it's bringing new hope for sufferers—indeed, as the Daily Mail puts it, a cure could be ready within five years. Cat allergies are generally caused by the animals' dander, or skin particles; researchers examined the proteins inside, the BBC reports. Alongside a common bacteria, the allergen ignites the immune system. Researchers have identified the "specific receptor interaction" underlying the process.

"This is the first time we have discovered the process that leads to the allergic reaction. It opens up a whole new type of drug to treat it," says researcher Clare Bryant. Thanks to the new understanding, drugs "that are in clinical trials for other conditions, such as sepsis ... could potentially then be used in a different way to treat cat allergy and to prevent cat allergy," she notes. In the future, "with just a puff of an inhaler," cat allergy sufferers could be free to cuddle with new feline friends.

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Aug 1, 2013 5:11 PM CDT
As a crazy cat lady who would like to actually date and possibly even marry, so that she does not die alone, obese, in a room full of old newspapers and collections of belly button lint, only to be eaten by said cats for three days before someone notices the smell of my decomposing body, I am very excited by research that says a larger number of people will be able to walk in my front door without immediately losing the ability to breathe or open their eyes. Go science!
Jul 25, 2013 4:38 PM CDT
Finally I'll be able to lick those areas that tend to make me sneeze & not have to worry about a sneezing attack afterwards :)
Jul 25, 2013 9:01 AM CDT
How come you never see stray cats near Chinese restaurants?