Pet Allergens, Endotoxin, and Asthma

SSS research data analyst Jesse Wilkerson is an author of an article in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology: In Practice that reports on a study that examined data from the 2005–2006 National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys on home cat and dog allergens and respiratory outcomes. The researchers determined that exposure to dog and cat allergens enhances the association of endotoxin—released when a bacterial cell disintegrates—with asthma and wheeze. Other authors of the article include former SSS staff and researchers from the University of Iowa and the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences.

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