Infection with flatworms will help asthmatics and diabetics
For the new study, biochemists conducted an experiment, infecting golden hamsters with Siberian flakes. It turned out that worms produce pigment haemoizin in the course of their life activity — a substance which, when present in abundance, blocks excessive reactions of the immune system. Hemoizin facilitates the course of asthma, and, the scientists say, will allow to correct the immune system disorders in the course of allergic diseases.
Researchers hope to use the data to improve condition of asthmatics — and, in the future, diabetics as well — without direct infection with helminths.