Navigation Links
Childhood Food Allergies on the Rise
Date:11/10/2008

But researchers are working on new therapies to combat the problem

MONDAY, Nov. 10 (HealthDay News) -- The number of U.S. children allergic to foods such as peanuts, milk and fish is rising rapidly.

At the same time, researchers are working on new approaches to treating these allergies, according to two reports to be presented Monday at the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology's annual meeting, in Seattle.

An estimated 3 million children under 18 had a food allergy in 2007, an 18 percent increase since 1997, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

"The problem is even more than numbers," said Dr. Sami L. Bahna, a professor of pediatrics and medicine and chief of allergy and immunology at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center. "The severity of food allergies is going up."

There has been an increase in severe rashes; severe attacks of airway obstruction, called anaphylaxis; and intestinal problems, Bahna said.

What's more, the method of exposure that results in an allergic reaction is also changing, Bahna said. "People used to react by eating the food, but there are many people now that react by touching or smelling the food," he said.

Food allergies aren't the only allergies on the rise, Bahna said. "All the allergies are increasing -- asthma, hay fever, eczema," he said.

Several factors are contributing to the increase in allergies, the expert said. The first is the so-called "hygiene hypothesis," which holds that people in industrialized countries are living in increasingly sterile environments. As a result, their immune systems don't have to fight as many infections, so those systems can become hyperactive.

"When there is some degree of unhygienic conditions, the immune system from infancy adapts and develops to fight infection," Bahna said. "Cleanliness, antibiotics, whether they are needed or not, and vaccinat
'/>"/>

Copyright©2008 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved

Page: 1 2 3

Related medicine news :

1. Genetic predisposition increases childhood asthma risk
2. Treating diabetes during pregnancy can break link to childhood obesity
3. Childhood asthma still inappropriately treated in the UK
4. Screening Proposed for Childhood Cholesterol Levels
5. Success of Shape-Up Somerville Childhood Obesity Intervention to be Presented at the Friedman School Symposium at Tufts, October 29-31, 2007 - Boston
6. Success of Shape Up Somerville childhood obesity intervention to be presented
7. Childhood vaccination may protect adult eyes
8. Childhood Obesity Epidemic a Long-Term Challenge
9. New chemotherapy regimen prolongs survival in difficult-to-treat childhood brainstem gliomas
10. Antibiotics Not Always Best Bet for Battling Childhood Ear Infections
11. Childhood TV viewing a risk for behavior problems
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:10/2/2014)... -- Genes may interact with stress to trigger heart disease ... risk occurs in about 13 percent of people, but only ... people reduce their heart disease risk through simple measures such ... Duke University researchers said. The study authors analyzed genetic ... between variations in the EBF1 gene and higher levels of ...
(Date:10/2/2014)... HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Oct. 1, ... roses -- literally -- may face an increased risk of dying ... study of over 3,000 older Americans, researchers found those who were ... more than three times as likely to die in the next ... In fact, anosmia -- the inability to distinguish odors -- was ...
(Date:10/1/2014)... developed a model that could help to predict a ... from their very first psychotic episode. , The model ... symptoms, cognitive abilities, MRI scans of the brain,s structure, ... the lead up to World Mental Health Day (10 ... Professor Bernhard Baune , says the model is a ...
(Date:10/1/2014)... the human eye, the brain of a rat and ... technology, says a QUT leading robotics researcher. , ... says the new study uses new computer algorithms to ... or tunnels. , "This is a very Frankenstein type ... halves of a thing together because we,re taking the ...
(Date:10/1/2014)... encourages people to keep their "eyes on the prize" ... When walking, staying focused on a specific target ahead ... help people walk there faster, psychology researchers have found. ... looking around the environment naturally, offers a new strategy ... less interested in exercise if physical activity seems daunting, ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):Health News:Genes May Make Some More Prone to Heart Disease When Under Stress 2Health News:Could a Fading Sense of Smell Point to Earlier Death? 2Health News:Could a Fading Sense of Smell Point to Earlier Death? 3Health News:Predicting the future course of psychotic illness 2Health News:Robot researcher combines nature to nurture 'superhuman' navigation 2Health News:Keeping your eyes on the prize can help with exercise, NYU study finds 2Health News:Keeping your eyes on the prize can help with exercise, NYU study finds 3
... suffered cardiac death would have their bodies prepared for ... Australian Health Ethics Committee that is working on organ ... patients who are certain to die after experiencing cardiac ... heart, liver lungs and kidneys begin to deteriorate immediately ...
... help Alzheimer's patients interact and communicate with others, finds ... Newcastle General Hospital studied the benefits of dolls after ... from her son, reported the online edition of BBC ... can lose their intellectual, social and emotional abilities over ...
... major public health threat posed by antibiotic-resistant bacteria, ... (UCSD) are launching a new program to develop ... and testing, to clinical trials. ,"UCSD ... necessary expertise to fight this urgent medical problem," ...
... discovered around 1994 which has the ability to perform multi ... other crucial physiological activities. , But the ... out these metabolic activities were not known till date. Now, ... University have identifies the mode in which Leptin carries out ...
... University, Doug Goodin, makes use of satellite imagery to ... //changes on human health and food security. ... types of data, to monitor and predict the spread ... discussed this subject at the workshop, "Contributions of Remote ...
... men for a good 14 years has revealed that regular ... body weight has an impact in cutting down the risks ... co-author of the study, said "Even though erectile problems were ... clear that heart disease and ED share many of the ...
Cached Medicine News:Health News:New UCSD Program to Fight Drug-Resistant Bacteria 2Health News:New UCSD Program to Fight Drug-Resistant Bacteria 3Health News:New UCSD Program to Fight Drug-Resistant Bacteria 4Health News:How Does Leptin Work? 2Health News:Satellite Imagery to monitor the Social Impact Of Geographical Changes 2
(Date:9/30/2014)... 2014  Tasly Pharmaceuticals, Inc., the world,s leader ... today the launch of Deepure. Deepure ... men and women concerned with supporting their overall ... age while helping keep their health care cost ... herb-based formulas, namely, ProHeart PLUS, ImmunoPower PLUS, and ...
(Date:9/30/2014)... 30, 2014 Aileron Therapeutics, Inc. - ... Global Markets Direct,s, ,Aileron Therapeutics, Inc. - Product ... the Aileron Therapeutics, Inc.,s pharmaceutical research and development ... the current therapeutic developmental pipeline of Aileron Therapeutics, ... therapeutics assessment by drug target, mechanism of action ...
(Date:9/30/2014)... 2014 According to ... by Product [Enzymes (Glycosyltransferase, Neuraminidase, Glycosidase), Instruments ... Application (Immunology, Oncology) & by End User ... MarketsandMarkets, provides a detailed overview of the ... trends, and strategies impacting the global glycomics ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:Aileron Therapeutics, Inc. - Product Pipeline Review - 2014 2Aileron Therapeutics, Inc. - Product Pipeline Review - 2014 3Glycobiology / Glycomics Market Worth $928.11 Million by 2019 2Glycobiology / Glycomics Market Worth $928.11 Million by 2019 3Glycobiology / Glycomics Market Worth $928.11 Million by 2019 4
... 9 Peptimmune, Inc., a privately,held biotechnology ... peptide copolymer program at both the 17th ... FOCIS 2008 in Boston, MA. The Company ... study involving,healthy, male adult volunteers following SC ...
... juice has ... NEW YORK, June 9 CherryPharm -- a proprietary,all-natural ... of,cherries -- has been shown to improve aspects of sleep, ... This double-blind,placebo controlled clinical trial tested the effectiveness of CherryPharm,in ...
Cached Medicine Technology:Peptimmune Presents Early Clinical Data at European Neurological Society and Federation of Clinical Immunology Societies Meetings 2Peptimmune Presents Early Clinical Data at European Neurological Society and Federation of Clinical Immunology Societies Meetings 3CherryPharm First All-Natural Food to Improve Sleep 2
... Disease ELISA kits utilize ... Also included in each ... negative controls, serum diluent, ... Use an ELISA plate ...
... (PCR) technology, the worlds leading nucleic acid ... Roches blood screening assays and other diagnostic ... unique regions of genetic material to be ... to detectable levels) in only a few ...
... Continuing to lead the market in ... WAVE IABP is a whole new first ... optic technology coupled with a physiologically based ... support with unprecedented timing accuracy. Second ...
... worlds first truly automated immunohistochemistry ... a whole new level of ... modularity and ease of operation ... NexES Systems automated technology provides ...
Medicine Products: