Allergy Matters: New Approaches to Allergy Prevention and Management

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Springer Science & Business Media, Jan 30, 2006 - Medical - 205 pages
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In Western societies, the incidence and prevalence of respiratory and food-related allergies have increased rapidly over the past decades. Changes in life style, e.g. in hygiene, child vaccination, housing insulation, food consumption patterns, etc. are thought to be involved in this increase. Direct and indirect costs related to allergy are expected to rise rapidly, especially in the Central and Eastern European countries that recently joined the European Union. Major concerns relate to the significant decrease of the quality of life of patients and their relatives.

Therefore, time is urgent to develop strategies for large-scale and structural tackling of the allergy problem. Approaches aiming at allergy prevention with a focus on controlling our living environment and the food production chain, as well as on the choices consumers and patients make, seem very promising and complementary to solve this medicalized problem.

This book, written by renowned experts, reflects the current ideas for future possibilities of allergy prevention, using integrated and multidisciplinary strategies and covering the entire knowledge framework from comprehensive fundamental research to implementation into society. It describes approaches from the following main topics:

  • The medical and molecular context
  • The food production chain and novel foods
  • The living and occupational environment
  • People and society.

This book will be an indispensable tool for all those scientists that are searching for ways to solve the current allergy problems.

 

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Contents

a matter of integrating
3
Induction and regulation of allergenspecific IgE
13
maternal allergen
29
a potential route
39
Can crossreactivity studies enable genericallergy prevention?
47
introduction
61
Tracking and tracing for allergenfree food production chains
79
Prediction of the potential allergenicity of novel proteins
87
towards a continent free
123
Strategies for prevention and mitigation of hay fever
131
Prevention of occupational allergies
143
Allergy between the ears?
153
Economic impact of allergy prevention
163
an analysis
171
consumer perspectives
193
The patients voice in allergy prevention
201

Production of hypoallergenic plant foods by selection breeding
97
In silico prediction of potential allergenicity of proteins according
109

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