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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.

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Toxoplasma gondii discovery may help fight against malaria

Toxoplasma gondii discovery may help fight against malaria

Food colourings and preservatives make kids hyperactive

Food colourings and preservatives make kids hyperactive

Weekly cycles of once-daily anti-HIV drugs could reduce cost of HIV treatment

Weekly cycles of once-daily anti-HIV drugs could reduce cost of HIV treatment

Study shows herpes is common in suburban populations, with Denver up to 20 percent

Study shows herpes is common in suburban populations, with Denver up to 20 percent

Clinical use of immunoassays not recommended as a primary means of assessing environmental fungal exposure

Clinical use of immunoassays not recommended as a primary means of assessing environmental fungal exposure

Increases in co-payments may reduce the use of medications

Increases in co-payments may reduce the use of medications

Weekly cycles of once-daily anti-drugs could reduce cost of HIV treatment

Weekly cycles of once-daily anti-drugs could reduce cost of HIV treatment

No justification for claims that cleaning and hygiene contribute to an increase in allergies

No justification for claims that cleaning and hygiene contribute to an increase in allergies

Study has important implications for African Americans who suffer from high blood pressure

Study has important implications for African Americans who suffer from high blood pressure

Network formed to tackle potentially fatal reaction to smallpox vaccine

Network formed to tackle potentially fatal reaction to smallpox vaccine

$20.7 million to make smallpox vaccine safer

$20.7 million to make smallpox vaccine safer

Higher rate of cardiac complications from smallpox vaccinations for US military

Higher rate of cardiac complications from smallpox vaccinations for US military

Influenza vaccine does provide protection against influenza in most asthma patients taking inhaled steroids

Influenza vaccine does provide protection against influenza in most asthma patients taking inhaled steroids

Chronic respiratory symptoms are prominent among Alaska Native children

Chronic respiratory symptoms are prominent among Alaska Native children

Alternative vaccine to Dryvax for smallpox

Alternative vaccine to Dryvax for smallpox

All Black urges allergy sufferers to play it safe

All Black urges allergy sufferers to play it safe

Most soaps and household cleaners will remove enough peanut allergen

Most soaps and household cleaners will remove enough peanut allergen

Discovery of  immune system malfunction that plays a profound role in food allergy

Discovery of immune system malfunction that plays a profound role in food allergy

Childhood asthma study reveals parental age anomaly

Childhood asthma study reveals parental age anomaly

Vitrase has been approved for use as an adjunct to rehydrating agents

Vitrase has been approved for use as an adjunct to rehydrating agents