Identify a group of participants with environmental/food allergies and ask if the allergies are well controlled. Use observational data over many years to determine the relative rate of development of autoimmune/inflammatory illness in participants whose allergies are/are not well controlled.
Data tools: Resident surveys, air pollution monitors, temperature monitors, energy usage data from electric utilities.
Expected outcomes: Previous qualitative and quantitative work suggests residents of more energy efficient homes experience fewer cardiovascular symptoms (e.g., asthma attacks) and fewer exposures... more »
Some participants should eliminate all dietary allergens and others should continue to eat as usual. Questionnaires would be required to assess patient health.
A possible blood test follow-up may assess the state of the allergens per individual basis. Also suggest tracking... more »
1. Predisposition to the development of allergies (who, at what age, to what degree of severity)
2. Triggers of allergic reactions
3. Validity of allergy testing
4. Response to treatment
5. Predisposition to outgrow allergies... more »