Bed Bug cure?

Posted by: on September 27, 2014

Exciting New Study Launched to determine the immune response to bed bug bites:

An interesting thing about bed bugs is that they do not transmit any disease to humans, but they do cause a huge amount of fear. Bed bug bites can be uncomfortable, unsightly and even just thinking about them can make it difficult to get to sleep. Currently, we know very little about what causes the allergic reaction in humans but we just heard about an exciting two year study about to start at Case Western Reserve University that might yield useful results. The study, headed up by Dr. Johnathan Sheele, assistant professor and director of research for the Department of Emergency Medicine in collaboration with Dr. Tom McCormick from the Department of Dermatology, hopes to identify which antibodies humans make in response to bed bug bites. When a bed bug feeds, it injects all kinds of things into your body, including proteins. In response, the human body creates antibodies against the bed bug proteins. In his current study, Sheele hopes to identify the antibodies against bed bug saliva in order to develop a diagnostic test to determine if a person has been bitten by a bed bug. Further, identifying the exact antibodies will help chemists develop more effective salves and treatments. Bravo Dr Sheele!

 

 

Dr. Johnathan Sheele and Katirina Coppolino, lead research assistant, study the immune response to bed bugs. Andrew Hodowanec/Observer - See more at: http://observer.case.edu/when-bed-bugs-bite/#sthash.xJphVYmR.dpuf

Dr. Johnathan Sheele and Katirina Coppolino, lead research assistant, study the immune response to bed bugs. Andrew Hodowanec/Observer – See more at: http://observer.case.edu/when-bed-bugs-bite/#sthash.xJphVYmR.dpuf

http://observer.case.edu/when-bed-bugs-bite/

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