Allergy and Immunology

Immune Responses influenced by Early Life Farm Environment

The growing incidence of asthma and other immune related disorders in the West has been bothering the physicians for a long time. Now, a new research has pointed out that exposure to farm environment in early life affects the immune system in such a manner that there is a reduction in the immune response to various food proteins. The research which has been published in the latest issue of the journal Pediatric Allergy and Immunology, was carried out by scientists from the University of Bristol...

Surgery plays an Important Role in Pediatric Thyroid Cancer

The incidence of thyroid cancer in children has been increasing steadily. The present incidence rate stands at 0.54 per 100,000 children. It commonly affects young children and teenage girls. The main factors responsible for the development of this cancer are exposure to radiation, both environmental and diagnostic and exposure to alkylating agents. In certain cases, it can be hereditary and occur as a result of RET mutation or RET/PTC rearrangement.   According to a report published in...

Chlorinated Indoor Swimming Pools lead to Asthma like Changes in Swimmers

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Training in chlorinated indoor swimming pools can lead to mild asthma like changes in the lungs of swimmers. This is the finding of a new study published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. Chlorine, which is used as a disinfectant in the swimming pool, reacts with human sweat and hair to form dangerous by-products. These by-products are inhaled by the swimmers while exercising in the pool and leads to changes in the airways, akin to those in mild asthmatics. The study was led...

Cat Exposure during Adulthood may Increase the Risk of Sensitization

According to a new study published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, adults planning to acquire a cat should think again, especially if they have a history of allergic diseases. This is because exposure to cats in adulthood almost doubles the risk of cat sensitization. In the present study, 6292 adults, between the ages of 22 and 44, from European centers, were exposed to cats. 4468 of these individuals had not been exposed to cat’s dander at the beginning of the study. The...

Device to be used during Night can Provide Relief from Atopic Asthma

A new device, which provides temperature controlled laminar airflow treatment (TLA), has been found to be effective in providing relief from the symptoms of atopic asthma. The device works by filtering out the allergens which trigger the bout of asthma, during night. This reduces the symptoms of asthma during daytime and help in improving the overall condition of the patient. The research regarding the device has been published in the latest issue of the journal Thorax. Normally, an asthmatic...

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