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VBI, Mayo Clinic investigate link between fungal proteins, innate immunity and asthma
Date:2/27/2008

in the activation of the innate immune system response. It is our belief that understanding how and why asthma patients develop Th2 immune responses to environmental proteins is one of the prerequisites for the future development of treatments, diagnostic tools and preventative measures for patients suffering from the disease. We are truly excited about being able to participate in this transdisciplinary, team-based scientific effort.

Asthma is a chronic disease characterized by recurrent attacks of breathlessness and wheezing. The most common chronic disease among children, it currently affects 300 million people worldwide.* In 2000, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America estimated that direct health care costs for asthma in the United States total more than $10 billion annually; indirect costs (lost productivity) add another $8 billion for a total of $18 billion. In 2005 alone, 255 000 people died of asthma worldwide.*


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