Severe Meat Allergy More Common Than Expected

A study of 60 patients who had unexplained severe allergic reactions suggests that a compound in meat known as alpha-galactose may be the culprit, according to research presented at a meeting of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology in New Orleans.

They found immune system proteins called IgE antibodies in 25 out of 60 patients who had unexplained allergic reactions.

“We believe that the presence of IgE antibody to this sugar is wider spread in the human population as a whole than we had initially expected,” Dr. Scott Commins of the University of Virginia, who led the research, said in a telephone interview.

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