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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.
Many food-induced anaphylaxis cases in children occur under adult supervision

Many food-induced anaphylaxis cases in children occur under adult supervision

Study: Allergens found to be widespread, but highly variable in U.S. homes

Study: Allergens found to be widespread, but highly variable in U.S. homes

Human ‘common cold’ virus kills healthy chimpanzees in Uganda

Human ‘common cold’ virus kills healthy chimpanzees in Uganda

Lactic acid bacteria can offer protection against subtypes of influenza A virus

Lactic acid bacteria can offer protection against subtypes of influenza A virus

Tailor-made protein combats several kinds of pathogenic bacteria

Tailor-made protein combats several kinds of pathogenic bacteria

Researchers uncover novel strategy to program immune system for fighting cancer

Researchers uncover novel strategy to program immune system for fighting cancer

Researchers discover potential regulator essential for killer T cells to reside in tumors

Researchers discover potential regulator essential for killer T cells to reside in tumors

St. Jude gene therapy offers hope for infants with 'bubble boy' disease

St. Jude gene therapy offers hope for infants with 'bubble boy' disease

New tests offer better chance for more accurate detection of Lyme disease

New tests offer better chance for more accurate detection of Lyme disease

BU researchers receive $2.7 million grant to find better ways of delivering anti-retrovirals

BU researchers receive $2.7 million grant to find better ways of delivering anti-retrovirals

Children with high blood levels of polyunsaturated fatty acids less likely to develop asthma or rhinitis

Children with high blood levels of polyunsaturated fatty acids less likely to develop asthma or rhinitis

Study uncovers genes that drive peanut allergy reactions

Study uncovers genes that drive peanut allergy reactions

Investigational ZPIV vaccine found to be safe and immunogenic in trial participants

Investigational ZPIV vaccine found to be safe and immunogenic in trial participants

Study suggests novel approach to predict respiratory allergy in children

Study suggests novel approach to predict respiratory allergy in children

States — and 9m kids — ‘in a bind’ as Congress dawdles on CHIP funding

States — and 9m kids — ‘in a bind’ as Congress dawdles on CHIP funding

Intestinal worms have influence on allergy and asthma risk in humans

Intestinal worms have influence on allergy and asthma risk in humans

Study identifies new role for stress receptor CRF1 expressed on mast cells

Study identifies new role for stress receptor CRF1 expressed on mast cells

Experts offer research strategies to yield more protective flu vaccine candidates

Experts offer research strategies to yield more protective flu vaccine candidates

U.S.-funded global effort appears to reduce incidence of new HIV infections

U.S.-funded global effort appears to reduce incidence of new HIV infections

New genetic study of mosquitoes demonstrates movement of insecticide resistance across Africa

New genetic study of mosquitoes demonstrates movement of insecticide resistance across Africa