Atopic disease, immune system, and the environment
Abstract:Raised prevalence of allergic respiratory diseases observed in the last 20 years seems to be associated with changes of environment and lifestyle, which favor a delayed acquisition of Th1 function in childhood. The purpose of this study is to review recent knowledge concerning the developing human immune system and its interaction with external environmental factors for a better understanding of the changing faces of allergic diseases through infancy and childhood in the allergy-prone individual.
Document Type: Review Article
Affiliations: 1: Department of Pediatrics, Catania University, Catania, Italy 2: Department of Pediatrics and Microbiology-Immunology, Naples University, Naples, Italy 3: International Center for Interdisciplinary Studies of Immunology, Georgetown University Medical Center, Washington, D.C.
Publication date: July 1, 2007
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