2015: Top Breakthroughs in Eczema Research

2015: Top Breakthroughs in Eczema Research

Jennie Lyon

2015: Top Breakthroughs in Eczema Research

How much progress has been made in eczema research in the year 2015? Overall, it’s been a very positive year with headway being made to treat eczema with new drugs and treatments, as well as discoveries being made as to why and how eczema is triggered in the first place.

Here is a roundup of some of the top progress that’s been made in eczema research in 2015.

Dupilumab "Breakthrough Drug"

Early in the year, a new drug called Dupilumab was discovered with incredible results that could help millions with eczema. The promising drug has been fast-tracked in its research throughout the year. While most of the progress was made last winter, research has been continuing with additional results in the spring, showing that the drug has positive effects on those suffering from asthma. We’re continuing to watch for more updates about the drug. Read about the breakthroughs here and here.

Atopic Disease and Childhood Anemia

Recent research in JAMA Pediatrics revealed an association between anemia and atopic diseases, such as asthma, eczema, hay fever and food allergies, in children and adolescents.

Dr. Richard Aron and Childhood Eczema.

Dr. Aron has been able to help children whose lives are completely controlled by eczema. These are children and infants who are not sleeping because of the constant itching and whose bodies are completely inflamed and covered in pus. Dr. Aron’s suggested treatment, however, is having an impact, sometimes in as little as 24 hours!

Umbilical Cord Blood May Help Eczema in the Future.

Scientists may have accidentally found a treatment for both eczema and rheumatoid arthritis. The umbilical cord may just be the solution, specifically the blood of the umbilical cord.

Gut Bacteria Related to Allergic Diseases.

The first 7 days of an infant’s life can be critical in determining whether or not that child will develop eczema.

High Fat Mass in Newborns Increases Risk for Eczema

A new study has shown that neonatal adiposity, aka. fat mass, is linked to an increased risk of eczema development in infants during their first year.

Arthritis Drug and Severe, Stubborn Eczema

Researchers at Yale School of Medicine have beat previously untreatable eczema with an arthritis drug.

New “Itch” Gene and Better Eczema Treatment

Scientists have discovered a new itch-promoting gene. Researchers at the Buck Institute for Research on Aging and the University of California, Berkeley published a paper on June 11, 2015 in the online edition of Neuron, identifying serotonin receptor HTR7 as a key mediator of eczema and other forms of itch. This discovery is suggesting a way forward for powerful new therapies for eczema.

Eczema and Food Allergies in Children: Early Intervention

New research published by researchers at TCD and National University of Ireland Cork have made some exciting links between eczema and food allergies in infants this year.

We Will Be Watching and Reporting For You in 2016.

All of these studies and breakthroughs prompt continued research and follow-up. We expect that 2016 will bring a great deal of updates. We’ll be watching carefully and reporting these new developments for you so check back regularly at Overall, the research has been astonishing and we’re very excited to see what new discoveries are in store for eczema research in 2016.