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Q&A on Allergy Cell Finding: Targeting Therapies and Predicting Symptoms to Foods

You are allergic to.

AL: How were you able to identify this subset of cells?

EW: In our institute, we have molecules that can really stick to cells of interest. If we want to look at the cells involving the flu, we can go through the cells specific to flu. We can do the same thing with allergy.

We looked at the cells involved in allergy in allergic patients and compared those cells with the good Th2 cells. We looked at 200 different properties in those cells, and in the end we found five unique characteristics in the cells involving allergy.

AL: Why is this significant?

EW: Those cells are the starting point of allergic disease. Our hope is that, in the future, by drawing a very small amount of blood, we could find out if kids are at high risk to develop food allergy, for example. Right now, most parents realize their kid is allergic when they go to the emergency room after the accident happens. We would like to have a way to predict food allergy earlier.

Is Seattle's climate harsh on people with asthma and allergies?

How severe?


The spring and fall can be harsh. The amount of pollen flying in the air drives my children and me nuts! However it’s nothing that a good box of lotion infused Kleenex and some Benadryl can’t handle.
We usually have allergy attacks for


It can be. There is a lot of pollen in the air, especially in spring and fall. But I've lived all over and have found that I react to the pollen in different places differently - must be my sensitivities do the pollen of different plants.


Allergies yes we have a lot of pollen around here but asthma no our air is very clean compared to other states

Drivable Trails in Washington State Seattle Area?

I am new to the Seattle area and have gone on several hikes (Lake Serene, Cascades and Rattlesnake Mountain). My parents are coming to visit, and I want to show them some of Washington state's natural beauty.

Unfortunately they don't have


Here are some suggestions for some scenic drives - most at the limit of your drive time
1. Mt. St Helens
2. Hurricane Ridge in Olympic National Park
3. Crystal Mtn Ski area - you can take the chair lift to the summit in the summer


There are some locations like that, but only if you are willing to do a 2-3 hour drive to get there, with another 2-3 hour drive to get back.

Highway 20 (North Cascades Highway) to Winthrop is a lovely drive for example, and the drive to


Here are some suggestions for some scenic drives - most at the limit of your drive time
1. Mt. St Helens
2. Hurricane Ridge in Olympic National Park
3. Crystal Mtn Ski area - you can take the chair lift to the summit in the summer