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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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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

FDA approval of Hylaform and Restylane, both injectable gels, to treat facial wrinkles

FDA approval of Hylaform and Restylane, both injectable gels, to treat facial wrinkles

New Yorkers reminded to practice good asthma management

New Yorkers reminded to practice good asthma management

New license agreement for rotavirus diarrhea vaccine

New license agreement for rotavirus diarrhea vaccine

Wyeth gets FDA approval for a novel protein device that enhances bone healing

Wyeth gets FDA approval for a novel protein device that enhances bone healing

Sainsbury's potato chips cause allergic reactions

Sainsbury's potato chips cause allergic reactions

Australian research helps to better understand asthma, hayfever, eczema and associated allergies

Australian research helps to better understand asthma, hayfever, eczema and associated allergies

Having pets helps protect infants against allergies

Having pets helps protect infants against allergies

Scientists looking for 480 people to test experimental anthrax vaccine

Scientists looking for 480 people to test experimental anthrax vaccine

A popular supplement, coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10), may help prevent migraine

A popular supplement, coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10), may help prevent migraine

Serious allergic reactions in cancer patients require expert intervention

Serious allergic reactions in cancer patients require expert intervention

Russia's housing conditions linked to high rates of asthma amongst children

Russia's housing conditions linked to high rates of asthma amongst children

Quality of dietary fat is associated with allergies

Quality of dietary fat is associated with allergies

Experimental immune-boosting drug interleukin-2 helps HIV Patients

Experimental immune-boosting drug interleukin-2 helps HIV Patients

SARS antibody sent to China

SARS antibody sent to China

Learn to control your child's asthma with new book from The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Learn to control your child's asthma with new book from The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Research may offer potent vaccines for viruses such as HIV and West Nile

Research may offer potent vaccines for viruses such as HIV and West Nile