Allergic Diseases and the Environment

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Karger Medical and Scientific Publishers, 2004 - Medical - 48 pages
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During the last two decades the increase in allergic diseases in children, such as atopic dermatitis and asthma, has been drastic. However, this is not true for the entire world: the incidence of allergies in children has risen only in developed countries. The observation of this socio-geographic discrepancy has led to careful study of the environmental differences that exist between the diverse settings in which children are born and has resulted in the so-called 'hygiene hypothesis': the 'sterility' of modern hospitals and birth places in the developed world might lead to a lack of microbial stimulation required for the development of a balanced mucosal immune response, including expansion of T-helper (Th) cell subsets that can mediate immune responses. Therefore, this workshop was held to consider in depth the environmental factors that influence the changing pattern of worldwide childhood allergy. This publication is a valuable source of knowledge and update for nutritionists, pediatricians, immunologists, microbiologists, as well as professionals concerned with preventive medicine.

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The Changing Pattern of Clinical Aspects of Allergic Diseases
Changing Definitions of Allergy
The Changing Prevalence and Clinical Profile of Food Allergy in Infancy
Modulation of the Atopic Phenotype by Environmental Microbial Exposure
Is It a Th2Predominant Disease? Pro
The Induction of Immunoregulation Prevents the Development of Immunopathology in Chronic Helminth Infections and Allergy
Mechanisms Governing Non Responsiveness to Food Proteins
Oral Tolerance and Gut Maturation
Does BreastFeeding Protect from Allergies?
Protective Nutrients and Gastrointestinal Allergies
Identification of Probiotics and Prebiotics with Antiallergenic Properties1
Can We Prevent the Allergic Child from Becoming a Chronic Asthmatic Adult?
A Model for Allergy Prevention
Novel Approaches for the Nutritional Management of the Allergic Infant1
Concluding Remarks
Subject Index

The Role of Bacteria in the Development of Intestinal Protective Function
Ecology Physiology and Metabolic Potential of Intestinal Bacteria

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W. Allan Walker, M.D., is a professor of pediatrics and the director of the Division of Nutrition at Harvard Medical School. He is a recipient of the prestigious Murray Davidson Award for Excellence in Pediatric Nutrition from the American Academy of Pediatrics. Courtney Humphries is a professional writer specializing in health topics.

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