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Allergy and Asthma Prevention: The Cup Half Full

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Lack of an effective approach to atopic disease prevention is implicit in the global rise in asthma and allergy prevalence over the last 10-20 years. Indeed, asthma appears to be the most common chronic disease of childhood, allergies seem more common than not, and recent evidence suggests that this atopic disease burden is influencing adult prevalence of these conditions as well. Thus, the time seems right for prevention. Considering our current understanding of asthma and allergy pathogenesis, numerous strategies of atopic disease prevention can be envisioned. These strategies can be organized as follows: (1) allergen avoidance; (2) anti-inflammatory pharmacotherapy; (3) inhibition of Th2-type immune development by Th1-type cytokine induction; and (4) dietary and environmental approaches to atopic disease prevention.
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Document Type: Regular Paper

Publication date: 2001-11-01

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  • Allergy and Asthma Proceedings is a peer reviewed publication dedicated to distributing timely scientific research regarding advancements in the knowledge and practice of allergy, asthma and immunology. Its primary readership consists of allergists and pulmonologists.

    The goal of the Proceedings is to publish articles with a predominantly clinical focus which directly impact quality of care for patients with allergic disease and asthma.

    Featured topics include asthma, rhinitis, sinusitis, food allergies, allergic skin diseases, diagnostic techniques, allergens, and treatment modalities. Published material includes peer-reviewed original research, clinical trials and review articles.

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    The journal is indexed in Thomson Reuters Web of Science and Science Citation Index Expanded, plus the National Library of Medicine's PubMed service.
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