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2008-07-14 15:00:00

Allergic diseases appear more often in children who grow up near busy roads, researchers in Germany said. Helmholtz Zentrum Munchen, a German research group, studied over six years whether associations are identifiable between the onset of atopic diseases and exposure to air pollutants originating from traffic. Study leader Dr. Joachim Heinrich compared the data of 3,061 6-year old children from Munich and its surroundings, who had been tracked from birth. The appearance of the specific IgE...

2008-07-01 06:00:12

By Gloria-Bottini, Fulvia Bottini, Nunzio; Magrini, Andrea; Renzetti, Gabriele; Martinoli, Roberta; Bergamaschi, Antonio; Bottini, Egidio Abstract The well-known relationship between low birth weight and allergies prompted us to investigate a possible pleiotropic effect of ACP1 on these conditions. ACP1 is a polymorphic enzyme that affects signal transduction of insulin and other growth factors, T- cell receptor signaling, and the regulation of flavoenzyme activity. Our aim was to compare...

2008-06-17 03:00:10

By Simoes, Davina C M Vassilakopoulos, Theodoros; Toumpanakis, Dimitrios; Petrochilou, Kalomira; Roussos, Charis; Papapetropoulos, Andreas Rationale: The angiopoietins (Ang) comprise a family of growth factors mainly known for their role in blood vessel formation and remodeling. The best-studied member, Ang-1, exhibits antiapoptotic and antiinflammatory effects. Although the involvement of Ang-1 in angiogenesis is well recognized, little information exists about its role in respiratory...

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2008-06-03 16:40:00

Researchers in Britain reported today that consumption of a daily probiotic drink can alter the immune system response to common causes of allergies."These data show that probiotic supplements modulate immune responses...and may have the potential to alleviate the severity of symptoms," Claudio Nicoletti and colleagues at Britain's Institute of Food Research wrote in a report about the study.Probiotics contain live micro-organisms that colonize the intestine. They are found naturally in many...

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2008-05-20 12:59:43

First-born children are at higher risk of developing asthma and allergy because of different conditions they experience in the uterus, according to new research from the Isle of Wight in the United Kingdom, which will be presented at the American Thoracic Society's 2008 International Conference in Toronto on Wednesday, May 21.In order to determine whether the higher risk of asthma and allergy in first-born children is the result of a prenatal process of post-natal factors, researchers...

2007-03-27 06:00:13

By Forsythe, Paul; Inman, Mark D; Bienenstock, John Rationale: Clinical trials have demonstrated that probiotics may be effective in the treatment and prevention of atopic disease in children but there have been few reports of therapeutic effects of oral probiotics outside the gastrointestinal tract. Objectives: We investigated the effect of two probiotic organisms on the response to antigen challenge in a mouse model of allergic airway inflammation. Methods: We used an...

2006-03-30 22:05:22

(RedOrbit) Researchers in Austin Texas have discovered that women with menstrual cycle-related disorders like asthma and migraine headaches may be allergic to their own estrogen and progesterone hormones. In research published in the March 27 issue of the American Journal of Reproductive Immunology, Russell Roby, M.D., director of the Roby Institute, Dr. Dick Richardson, professor at The University of Texas at Austin, and Dr. Aristo Vojdani, of Immunosciences Lab, Inc., show that these women...

2006-03-10 11:30:00

By Anthony J. Brown, MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Children with grass pollen allergy are prone to develop asthma. A new study shows that specific grass pollen immunotherapy appears to be a safe and effective treatment for children with seasonal allergic asthma who react to grass pollen, doctors report in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. "We currently have no curative therapy for asthma -- specific immunotherapy has the potential for curing allergic asthma," lead author Dr....

2006-01-13 12:18:03

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Individuals with severe persistent dermatitis who fail to gain adequate control despite standard treatments may find relief with the addition of Xolair (omalizumab), according to a group of dermatologists from Georgia. Xolair is a laboratory-generated monoclonal antibody that is given by injection. It is designed to bind to IgE, a naturally occurring antibody, and prevent it from triggering the release of chemicals that provoke asthma and allergy...

2005-11-10 09:15:00

WASHINGTON -- Nine percent of children allergic to tree nuts such as almonds and pecans eventually outgrow their allergy, even those who have had severe reactions, researchers said on Wednesday. And a blood test looking at a tree nut antibody provides a good indicator of when or if a child has lost the allergy, the team at Johns Hopkins Children's Center found. "What's crystal clear is that children with these allergies should be regularly re-evaluated," the researchers wrote in the November...


Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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