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The term allergy encompasses a wide range of conditions; it is not a disease in itself. In 1906 Clemens von Pirquet was the first to describe allergies as a changed or altered reaction of the immune system in response to exposure to foreign proteins. These days the term allergy – medically termed hypersensitivity, signifies an exaggerated reaction to foreign substances.
MILabs to provide Adaptive X-ray CT system to UAB for advancing pulmonary research

MILabs to provide Adaptive X-ray CT system to UAB for advancing pulmonary research

MILabs will provide an advanced U-CTUHR microCT system to the Cystic Fibrosis Research Center (CFRC) at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). [More]
NIH-supported first HIV vaccine efficacy study begins in South Africa

NIH-supported first HIV vaccine efficacy study begins in South Africa

The first HIV vaccine efficacy study to launch anywhere in seven years is now testing whether an experimental vaccine regimen safely prevents HIV infection among South African adults. [More]
Leading nonprofit patient education organization offers allergy-related restaurant safety tips

Leading nonprofit patient education organization offers allergy-related restaurant safety tips

Eating out is an American pastime - but for the millions of Americans with food or latex allergies, navigating the maze of restaurant and menu options can prove challenging, especially during the hustle and bustle of the holidays. [More]
Study shines new light on genetic makeup of river blindness parasite

Study shines new light on genetic makeup of river blindness parasite

The parasite that causes river blindness infects about 37 million people in parts of Africa and Latin America, causing blindness and other major eye and skin diseases in about 5 million of them. [More]
Experts characterize racial and ethnic differences in food allergies among U.S. children

Experts characterize racial and ethnic differences in food allergies among U.S. children

Allergy and immunology experts at Rush University Medical Center, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center and Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago have conducted the first study designed to assess and characterize the racial and ethnic difference in food allergies among children in the U.S. [More]
Study highlights potential to develop antiviral therapies, vaccines for treating astroviruses

Study highlights potential to develop antiviral therapies, vaccines for treating astroviruses

Human astroviruses infect nearly everyone during childhood, causing diarrhea, vomiting, and fever. [More]
Researchers sequence genome of parasitic worm that causes river blindness

Researchers sequence genome of parasitic worm that causes river blindness

Scientists have sequenced the genome of the parasitic worm responsible for causing onchocerciasis--an eye and skin infection more commonly known as river blindness. [More]
New study to examine effectiveness of old antibiotic drug for treating gonorrhea infections

New study to examine effectiveness of old antibiotic drug for treating gonorrhea infections

A new clinical research study seeks to determine whether a rapid molecular diagnostic test can reliably identify gonorrhea infections that may be successfully treated with a single dose of an older antibiotic, ciprofloxacin. [More]
Increased prevalence of food allergy linked to early skin infection and eczema

Increased prevalence of food allergy linked to early skin infection and eczema

Early exposure to a food allergen through broken skin might prompt the development of food allergy. [More]
ACAAI offers tips for bringing holiday flair, not allergic flares

ACAAI offers tips for bringing holiday flair, not allergic flares

Holiday decorations are starting to appear, reminding us that Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Kwanza and Christmas will soon be upon us. [More]
Hog workers carrying livestock-related, drug-resistant bacteria may be developing skin infections

Hog workers carrying livestock-related, drug-resistant bacteria may be developing skin infections

New Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health-led research suggests that some workers at industrial hog production facilities are not only carrying livestock-associated, antibiotic-resistant bacteria in their noses, but may also be developing skin infections from these bacteria. [More]
Exposure to allergens during pregnancy alters the brain makeup of fetuses and newborn rats

Exposure to allergens during pregnancy alters the brain makeup of fetuses and newborn rats

A new study in rats could begin to explain why allergies during pregnancy are linked to higher risks for attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder and autism in children. [More]
Portland State University wins Grand Challenges Explorations grant

Portland State University wins Grand Challenges Explorations grant

Portland State University announced today that it is a Grand Challenges Explorations winner, an initiative funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. [More]
NIH researchers identify antibody that potently neutralizes 98% of HIV strains

NIH researchers identify antibody that potently neutralizes 98% of HIV strains

Scientists from the National Institutes of Health have identified an antibody from an HIV-infected person that potently neutralized 98 percent of HIV isolates tested, including 16 of 20 strains resistant to other antibodies of the same class. [More]
Scientists discover important link between immune system, gut bacteria and glucose metabolism

Scientists discover important link between immune system, gut bacteria and glucose metabolism

Researchers at Oregon State University and other institutions have discovered an important link between the immune system, gut bacteria and glucose metabolism -- a "cross-talk" and interaction that can lead to type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome when not functioning correctly. [More]
Study finds most colleges do not have integrated systems to support food-allergic students

Study finds most colleges do not have integrated systems to support food-allergic students

A study being presented at the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology Annual Scientific Meeting found most colleges don't have integrated systems in place to support food-allergic students. [More]
Technion researchers develop new diagnostic technology for improving personalized cancer treatment

Technion researchers develop new diagnostic technology for improving personalized cancer treatment

Using synthetic DNA sequences as the tiniest of barcodes, Technion researchers have developed a new diagnostic technology for determining the suitability of specific anticancer drugs to a specific patient - before treatment even begins. [More]
Availability of flu vaccines, medications in school can keep children with asthma healthy

Availability of flu vaccines, medications in school can keep children with asthma healthy

Kids need flu shots to prevent asthma flares, and medications available in school to keep 86 percent in class, according to two studies being presented at the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology Annual Scientific Meeting. [More]
Living in food desert increases risk of having asthma

Living in food desert increases risk of having asthma

Living in a food desert - an urban area where it is difficult to buy affordable or good-quality fresh food - means you're at increased risk to have asthma. [More]
Asthmatic adolescents develop greater dependence to nicotine compared to healthy counterparts

Asthmatic adolescents develop greater dependence to nicotine compared to healthy counterparts

Curiosity is a driving factor in why most kids start smoking, and the same is true for kids with asthma. [More]
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