Almost 8 million people are infected with hookworm (Freary et al), in severe cases it can result in
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Almost 8 million people are infected with hookworm (Freary et al), in severe cases it can result in death. On the contrary, epidemiological evidence suggests the hookworm may help with allergies and asthma. Two different scientific tests were performed to see if hookworms could help with symptoms of allergies and asthma. The first study was done to determine if hookworm infection would help airway responsiveness in a person who has allergies. The second study tested “to see the effects of experimental hookworm infection in asthma” (Freary et al). In comparison both the studies were trying to use hookworms as a treatment for issues with people’s immune systems. Contrastingly, the first study (based on allergies) had to be conducted first in…show more content…
The second experiment, dealing with asthma, used 32 people. Similarly to the first experiment it was randomized and was done double-blinded to make the results as accurate as possible. Half the participants received the placebo and the other half received the actual hookworm infection, just like the allergy experiment. For both, each of the recipients of the placebo and hookworm infection was watched closely for 16 weeks. The experiments had important requirements to the people to participate. For the first experiment the participants had to be at least 18 years of age and not pregnant or planning on being pregnant during the course of the study. The second experiment participants had to be also at least 18 and not pregnant. They also had to have a “physician’s diagnosis of asthma treated with daily inhaled corticosteroids of up to 1000 mcg beclometasone” (Freary et al). The experiment participants had follow-up visits and were required to fill out surveys and journal about their experiences during the tests.
In the experiments the scientists for each stage of devolvement tracked the spreading through different parts of the body. In the first experiment one of the items that the scientists were looking for was maximum fall (the lowest fall in PD and AMP). For the airway responsiveness the placebo group did not show much difference than the hookworm group. Although looking at the