Awareness among the medical community and consumers is increasing regarding a still poorly understood food allergy named alpha gal, in which some people who are bitten by ticks subsequently develop an allergy to meat. Physician-scientists in the UNC Division of Rheumatology, Allergy and Immunology are leading the way in helping shed new light on this very unusual allergy. Onyinye Iweala, MD, PhD, was recently quoted as an expert source for a news story, in which she provides perspective regarding the increasing prevalence of this condition in the U.S. and in other countries.

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