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Allergyassociated Compositional Characteristics Of Infant Gut Microbiota

The predominant site for host-microbe interaction is in the gut. Thus, its compositional development has been suggested to be the key determinant in whether or not the atopic genotype will be fully expressed and thereby affect the development of allergic diseases. The determination of characteristics in compositional development of intestinal microbiota in association with the expression of allergies may provide a starting point for elucidating which microbial components, if any, may have particular relevance in immunopathology of allergic diseases.

Prenatal Antecedents of Allergies and Asthma

While fetal growth is manifest clearly by infant size at birth, prenatal influences on other physiological systems are also occurring but are less overtly evident. For example, there is extensive evidence documenting the significance of prenatal priming for the developing immune system. It includes fetal exposure to allergens, which has a special relevance to pediatric medicine because it may contribute to the rising incidence of allergies and asthma worldwide. Although the placenta is usually an effective barrier that blocks the transfer of viruses and bacteria and keeps the fetal compartment sterile, the immune system actually starts to develop and become functional early in gestation. By 2 months after conception, the fetus has lymphocytes that can respond and proliferate. By mid-gestation, analyses of cell subsets in cord blood indicate the presence of activated T cells (Devereux et al, 2001 Warner et al, 2000). Some of this cellular activation is likely due to reactions to food...

Cough Cold Sinus and Allergy Medications

Campbell et al. (2004) used the detection algorithm method to study sales of cough, cold, sinus, and allergy products during outbreaks of respiratory diseases. They used the detection algorithm method to assess the lead time of sales of these products relative to a gold standard formed from billing data from physician office visits. They studied ten major U.S. cities for a period of three years (2000-2002). Similar to Hogan and colleagues, they formed time series by aggregating the OTC sales data into weekly counts for each of eight OTC product categories (adult and pediatric versions of cough, cold, sinus, and allergy). They formed gold-standard reference time series by aggregating the billing data (which comprised 22.5 million anonymized records corresponding to visits with respiratory-related ICD-9 codes for the 10 cities during the 2000-2002 period) into weekly counts. They found that for a number of categories (with the notable exception of allergy medications), detection of...

Allergic Reactions And Other Toxicities

Acute allergic reactions to a number of cytotoxic agents used in the treatment of germ cell tumors have been documented these agents include bleomycin,60 paclitaxel,72-74 and (rarely) carboplatin or cisplatin.57,76 These can manifest as minor reactions such as flushing and rashes or as more severe symptoms such as urticaria, periorbital edema, bronchospasm, and hypotension. In the majority of cases, the hypersensi-tivity syndromes can be treated with corticosteroids and antihistamines, and the patient can be rechal-lenged after pretreatment with these medications.7476 Hypersensitivity reactions are so common during treatment with paclitaxel (up to 30 of patients) that patients are routinely treated prophylactically with corticosteroids, cimetidine, and antihistamines.46

Determining the safety and efficacy of hypoallergenic infant formulas

Hypoallergenic protein hydrolysates to be used as an ingredient in infant formulas of high nutritional and therapeutic value should be rich in low molecular weight peptides, especially di- and tripeptides, with the least quantity possible of free amino acids. Sometimes it is difficult to know the composition of hydrolysates because of a large number of possible constituents, due mainly to potential degrees of polymerisation of the peptides, and several analyses may be done to assess their suitability. In addition to degree of hydrolysis, in vitro characterisation of peptide size and determination of allergenicity are valuable for quality control of the products and assurance of batch to batch consistency as well as for labelling. However, on the basis of the current knowledge, such data do not predict the immunogenic or the allergenic effects in the recipient infant, and the safety and efficacy of HA infant formulas can only be determined by clinical trials using scientifically...

Allergy and Dermatitis

There is clear evidence that otitis media with effusion is highly related to an allergic diathesis. When this converts to chronic draining otitis media, the allergic component would seem to still be relevant, although direct evidence is scant (17-19). Therefore, the surgeon must consider allergy evaluation, based on a patient history of other allergic diatheses, especially of the unified respiratory epithelium. Patients with chronic draining ear and allergic rhinitis, chronic rhinosinusitis, and asthma are strong candidates for allergy workup before contemplating surgical treatment. Contact allergy to chemicals used in ear drops is the most common type of dermatologic otitis externa. Hairsprays, dyes, and cosmetics can also result in an eczematoid and draining otorrhea. If the source of external canal weeping is not obvious, routine patch testing is strongly suggested (20). The autoeczematization (ID) reaction, which is an autoimmune reaction that may involve only the external...

Drug Allergies

Often a patient reports expected side effects of analgesics as allergies. Opioid analgesic drug allergies are often less accurate than those of other medications. Patients also frequently report nausea and vomiting as drug allergies instead of expected untoward analgesic effects. There is very little evidence in the literature that true anaphylactic-type reactions occur with opioids. Most of the reported adverse events are because of symptoms (e.g., hypotension, itching, hives, and rash) associated with histamine release from the opioids (87-92). Other opioid-related adverse effects (e.g., nausea and vomiting) are linked to the chemotrigger zone stimulation by the opioids (28,93-96) (see Table 1). These symptoms can be managed with antihistamine-antiemetics (Table 2), and hypotension can be managed with appropriate fluids and opioid dosage and route adjustments. Therefore, it is important to obtain a thorough drug allergy history with specific details of the reactions. Early planning...

Allergic reactions

Allergic reactions are frequent during HIV therapy. They occur with all NNRTIs, as well as with the nucleoside analog, abacavir (see below) and the PIs, amprenavir, atazanavir, tipranavir and darunavir. Because amprenavir, tipranavir and darunavir are sulfonamide, they should be given with caution to patients with sulfonamide allergies. When there are limited alternative treatment options, desensitization may permit continued use of amprenavir in patients with a history of amprenavir-

Allergiesan Overview

Allergies are by definition immunological hypersensitivity reactions to substances (allergens), usually proteins, tolerated in defined dose by normal individuals (21). Allergic reactions are manifested in allergic diseases such as asthma, eczema, and rhinoconjuncti-vitis, each defined by a group of symptoms and signs. The life-impairing effect of these diseases varies from subtle to dominant. In addition to impairing physical health there may be an impact on social and emotional health, especially in childhood (22). Allergic symptoms can significantly disturb productivity in school and work where they are among the major causes of absenteeism. The personal and social economic burden is considerable (22-24). During the second half of the twentieth century the prevalence of allergic diseases has increased in epidemic proportions. The highest prevalence is in children and teenagers. With, on average, every fourth child affected, allergic diseases represent the most common chronic...


The term allergy, often used interchangeably with hypersensitivity, refers to particular types of abnormal immune responses to antigens, which are called allergens in these cases. There are two major forms of allergy (1) immediate hypersensitivity, which is due to an abnormal B lymphocyte response to an allergen that produces symptoms within seconds or minutes, and (2) delayed hy-persensitivity, which is an abnormal T cell response that produces symptoms between 24 and 72 hours after exposure to an allergen. These two types of hypersensitivity are compared in table 15.11.

Garlic Allergy

Allergic reactions to garlic have also been reported in the literature. Garlic allergy can manifest as occupational asthma, contact dermatitis, urticaria, angioedema, rhinitis, and diarrhea. A 35-year-old woman experienced several episodes of urticaria and angioedema associated with ingestion of raw or cooked garlic, as well as urticaria from touching garlic. Two garlic extracts as well as fresh garlic produced a 4+ reaction on skin prick tests (SPTs) in this patient, but no other food allergens produced positive results. The patient's symptoms were immunoglobulin E (IgE)-mediated, but she also produced specific IgG, which confounded the results of IgE testing (90). A group of 12 garlic workers with respiratory symptoms associated with garlic exposure underwent SPTs using garlic powder in saline, commercial garlic extract, and various other possible allergens bronchial provocation tests with garlic powder oral challenge with garlic dust and specific IgE testing using the CAP (CAP...

IgEReceptor Interactions

As in the IgG Fc complex, there are two subsites of interaction, one on each heavy chain, and the total buried surface area is extensive (1850 A2). However, indirect evidence from kinetic studies comparing the binding of Fce3-4 and whole Fc to FceRI 24,25 and direct evidence from nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) 26 indicate that the Ce2 domains also contribute to receptor binding. The structure of the complete IgE Fc has recently been solved 27 , revealing that the Ce2 domains are not only bent back onto the Ce3 domains, away from the receptor binding region, but also prevent access to one of the two Ce3 subsites required for receptor binding. The clear inference from this structure and modelling of the complex between the complete Fc and FceRI (based upon the crystal structure of the Fce3-4 FceRI complex) is that a substantial conformational change in Fc involving both Ce2 and Ce3 domains, together with the change in the CC' region of the receptor, must accompany receptor binding...

Outlook for Further Improvements of Expression Vectors Employing the trc Promoter

Et al. (1996). (1) Replacement of the p-lactamase antibiotic resistance gene with the tetracycline resistance gene (as in the pK series described by Andrews et al., 1996), as traces of the potentially allergenic penicillin derivatives should be avoided during bacterial growth of strains overexpressing therapeutic proteins. (2) The lacl gene carrying the wild-type promoter can be exchanged with alleles producing greater amounts of the lac repressor. This measure, as shown in pKBiq-Vp5.3, improves regulation of the trc promoter but reduces the levels of recombinant protein after induction by a factor of five (Andrews et al., 1996). (3) The lacl allele located on the expression vector can be exchanged with a temperature-sensitive allele, which eliminates the need to use IPTG, a substance that is toxic and expensive. The use of protease-deficient strains (Goff and Goldberg, 1987 Gottesman, 1990) with this thermoinducible system minimizes the proteolysis of recombinant proteins due to the...

Cardiovascular Diseases

Similar considerations apply to the relationship (if any) between myocardial infarction and ephedrine use. The report by Cockings and Brown described a 25-year-old drug abuser who injected himself with an unknown amount of cocaine intravenously (120). The only other published reports involved a woman in labor who was receiving other vasoactive drugs (121) and two pseudoephedrine users, one of whom was also taking bupropion, who developed coronary artery spasm (122,123). Three cases of ephedra-related coronary spasm in anesthetized patients have also been reported, but multiple agents were administred in all three cases, and the normal innervation of the coronary arteries was disrupted in two of the cases where a high spinal anesthetic had been administered (121,124). One case of alleged ephedrine-re-lated hypersensitivity myocarditis has been reported (125), but the patient was taking many other herbal supplements, and the responsible agent is not known with certainty. Although there...

Success and failure of treatment

Many other factors that influence the success of therapy probably remain unknown. Pharmacogenetics is a new field, which, although still in the early phases, is starting to gain importance. It investigates individual genetic factors which influence the success of therapy. Until now, most factors that have been uncovered have predicted intolerance or allergies to, for example, abacavir or nevirapine (see relevant

Other dairy products to improve infant health

Infant formulas or so called breast milk substitutes aim to provide an efficient and safe alternative diet for infants of those women who are not able to continue breastfeeding until six months of life. Infant formula can be fed directly after birth when breastfeeding is not possible follow-on formulas are designed for children after the sixth month of life. Breast milk substitutes aim to mimic the composition of human breast milk concerning protein, fat and carbohydrate composition. The only carbohydrate of infant formulas is lactose, whereas follow-on formulas contain other carbohydrates, too. Protein sources are mainly bovine whey or casein (in the standard cow's milk based formulas) or soy protein (for infants with lactose intolerance or cow milk protein allergy). The quality parameter for the evaluation of infant diets is the ability to allow normal physical growth as well as optimal neurological and mental development. Hypoallergenic formulas are commonly classified by the...

Effects of Bifidobacteria Probiotics on Immunosenescence

Probiotics have been defined as a live microbial food ingredient that are beneficial to the health of the host (65,66). Most current probiotics are lactic acid bacteria, especially Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium species (66). Among the proposed health-promoting effects of the probiotic strains are the enhancement of cell-mediated immune responses of the host by stimulating the pro-inflammatory cytokine, particularly IL-12 (67,68). The cell-mediated immune response, enhanced by the pro-inflammatory cytokine IL-12, has been considered as one of the most important underlying mechanisms contributing to the self-defense of the host a against tumors and allergy (56). Therefore, probiotics strains with the ability to stimulate IL-12 secretion can exhibit apparent anti-tumor and antiallergic effects (69-71). Considering the fact that the reduced cell-mediated immune response is the main component of immunosensence of the elderly, such probiotics can be expected to benefit the elderly....

Cardiovascular Effects

Because of effects noted with in vitro studies demonstrating that ginkgolides are capable of inhibiting platelet-activating factor (PAF), which is involved in platelet aggregation and inflammatory processes such as those seen in asthma, ulcerative colitis, and allergies (reviewed in 5,19,31), it has been suggested that bleeding parameters might be affected also. Several case reports of bleeding disorders among people receiving GB have been described (see Subheading 7.1.). However, at least in healthy volunteers, changes in platelet function or coagulation have not been substantiated. In a double-blind, placebo-controlled study of 32 healthy male volunteers receiving EGb 761 at three doses (120, 240, and 480 mg day) for 14 days, no changes in platelet function or coagulation were noted (32). Similarly, Kohler and colleagues studied the influence of the same GBE (EGb 761) on bleeding time and coagulation in healthy volunteers (33). This double-blind, placebo-controlled study was carried...

Congenital General Anosmia

It is estimated that approx 1 of the Western world population suffers from chemosensory disorders. Most of the people suffering from smell disorders have an acquired condition, which develops during life, owing to allergy, viral upper respiratory tract infection, nasal sinus diseases, head trauma, inhalation of noxious chemicals, or medicinal drug intake (32,33). A much smaller minority is born without a sense of smell, an affliction referred to here as

Brief Review Of The Intestinal Microbiota

From birth to death, the gut is colonized by a diverse, complex, and dynamic bacterial ecosystem that constitutes the intestinal microbiota. In newborns, it develops sequentially according to the maturation of intestinal mucosa and dietary diversification. In healthy conditions, the human baby's intestine is sterile at birth but, within 48 hours, 108 to 109 bacteria can be found in 1 g of feces (9-11). The bacteria colonizing the baby's intestine come from the environment, where maternal vaginal and fecal microbes represent the most important source of bacterial contamination. However, the infant conducts an initial selection, since, out of all the bacteria present, only the facultative anaerobic bacteria such as Escherichia coli and Streptococcus will be able to colonize the intestinal tract, whatever the diet. Conditions under which this initial selection is operated have yet to be fully elucidated. They are related to endogenous factors, such as maturation of intestinal mucosa,...

Antimitotic Activity of Lunasin

It was estimated that commercial soy products contain about 5.48 mg lunasin g of protein (defatted soy flour) to 16.52 mg of lunasin g protein (soy concentrate) (10). However, it is not known whether ingestion of soy products at the FDA recommended daily consumption of 25 g of soy protein (75) will be adequate for chemoprevention. Bioavailability studies of natural and recombinant lunasin are needed to determine the physiological doses of lunasin that will be effective for preventing cancer. At present, the biological role of the methionine rich protein GM2S-1 or lunasin in soybean seeds is not known. Its allergenic potential has also not been established. Lunasin with identical structure and anti mitotic properties has also been isolated from barley (76).

Management of Side Effects

It must be stressed that the majority of patients are able to tolerate HAART well, even over years. Nevertheless, the monitoring of treatment by an HIV clinician, is recommended in at least three-monthly intervals, even in asymptomatic patients, and more often at the beginning of a new HAART, when it should be weekly or fortnightly. Standard evaluations include a thorough history (allergies , other side effects ), physical examination and measurement of vital signs and body weight. Routine investigations include a full blood count, liver, pancreas and renal function tests, electrolytes (plus phosphate in patients on tenofovir) as well as fasting cholesterol, triglycerides and glucose levels.

Regulation of the Immune Responses

It is interesting to compare these experimental results to those described in human neonates by Lodinova-Zadnikova and coworkers (85). In their study, they colonized the digestive tract of babies just after birth with a given strain of E. coli. In these conditions E. coli is able to establish durably in the digestive tract of newborns as described previously (86). After 10 years (preterm infants) and 20 years (full-term infants), differences in occurrence of food allergies between colonized and control subjects were statistically significant 21 versus 53 , and 36 versus 51 respectively. Furthermore, recent clinical trials using ingestion of a strain of probiotic, Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG, during the last month of pregnancy to women and after birth to babies during 6 months, reduced the incidence of atopic eczema in at-risk children during the first 4 years of life (87). However, in this case, IgE levels were not decreased in the treated group as compared with the placebo group. The...

Environmental effects

An interesting alternative possibility is that infections act to prevent disease by shaping the T cell repertoire and it is the lack of such infections in modern western cultures that may be the reason for the escalating frequency of autoimmunity. It is proposed that infections during early life could direct the maturing immune system toward TH1, which counterbalance pro-allergic responses of TH2 cells. A reduction in the microbial burden results in weak TH1 dependence and unrestrained TH2 responses that allow an increase in allergy and autoimmunity. This idea is not fully supported by observations that the prevalence of TH1-autoimmune diseases is also increasing (Yazdanbakhsh et al., 2002).

Lymphatic and hematopoietic system see also chapters 14 and

Persistent HHV-6 may cause functional disturbances of the immune system as indicated by elevated antibody titers against HHV-6 in allergies, drug-induced hypersensitivity reactions and in systemic lupus erythematosus, Sjogren's syndrome and progressive systemic sclerosis (Krueger et al., 1991, 1994b De Clerck et al., 1992 Klueppelberg, 1994 Lasch et al., 1996 Descamps et al., 1997, 2001 Toh-yama et al., 1998 Conilleau et al., 1999). Virus persistence may constitute a risk factor for additional immune dysregulation and for increasing the severity of adverse reactions (Suzuki et al., 1998).

Mast Cells and Basophils

Mast cells participate both in acquired (e.g., IgE-dependent) and innate immune responses and tend to be present in tissues that interface between the organism and its environment (e.g., skin, respiratory tract, gastrointestinal tract) (121,122). The IgE-dependent roles of mast cells in allergic reactions, hay fever, and asthma are well established (121-123). Allergens and Ags recognize and crosslink specific IgE bound to the cell surface high-affinity IgE receptor, FceRI, to trigger acute hypersensitivity reactions, late-phase reactions, and chronic inflammatory reactions by release of preformed mediators present in the cytoplasmic granules (biogenic amines, proteoglycans, neutral proteases, TNF-a) and de novo synthesized mediators (leukotrienes, prostaglandins, cytokines).

Carbonic Anhydrase Inhibitors

For more than 50 years, carbonic anhydrase inhibitors (CAIs) have remained consistent and critical components in the armamentarium of the clinician. Despite systemic toxicity observed in some glaucoma patients, this category of medication has emerged as an important option for those patients who remain resistant to alternative intervention. Although beyond the reach of those individuals who have demonstrated a legitimate allergy to sulfa drugs in the past, CAIs have exhibited versatility in use across a broad range of ages and coexistent systemic comorbidities. It is the only category that can be administered as either a topical or a systemic agent, and patients rarely present with complaints of ocular hyper-emia, shortness of breath, fatigue, or loss of libido when the topical agents are administered. This chapter provides an updated evidence-based review of the efficacy and safety of CAIs in an effort to provide the clinician a suitable guide for determining when best to use CAIs...

Introduction To The White Cell Disorders

Because white cells have such a short time span in the peripheral circulation, alterations either in the quantity of or the quality of a particular cell can be quite dramatic. With the normal differential reference ranges for adults and children as a benchmark, any increase or decrease in a particular type of cell signals the body's unique response to assaults of any kind. Infection, inflammation, chronic disease, parasitic infestations, etc., each represents an unexpected occurrence, an opportunity for white cells to mobilize. As white cells respond to infection or other stimuli, changes are seen in the number of and types of a particular cell line. If a cell line is increased, the suffix used to designate an increase is osis or philia, such as eosinophilia and leukocytosis. If a cell line is decreased, the suffix used to designate a decrease is penia, such as neutropenia. Changes are observed in the complete blood count (CBC) as well as in the peripheral blood smear. An interesting...

Sources of further information and advice

Review articles on food allergy, prevention and diagnosis, in addition to those mentioned in references, include the following Van Putten, M. C. Frewer, L. J. Gilissen, L. J. W. J. Gremmen, B. Peijnenburg, A. A. C. M. and Wichers, H. J. (2006). Novel foods and food allergies a review. Trends in Food Science and Technology, 17, 289-299. Zuercher, A. W. Fritsch , R. Corth sy, B. and Mercenier, A. (2006). Food products and allergy development, prevention and treatment. Current Opinion in Biotechnology, 17, 198-203. Sicherer, S. H., Sampson, H. A. (2006) Food Allergy. Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, S470-S475. Ortolani, C. Pastorello, E. A. (2006). Food allergies and food intolerances. Best Practice and Research Clinical Gastroenterology, 20, 467-483.

Studies by Molecular Methods

Results obtained by molecular-based culture-independent techniques are largely supportive of the findings presented above. In another prospective follow-up, the fecal microbiota in Finnish neonates was studied prior to the expression of atopy as detected by a positive skin prick test at year one (n 12). The microbiota of these sensitized children tended to contain lower numbers of bifidobacteria and significantly higher numbers of Clostridium histolyticum than those in samples from infants with a negative prick test (n 17) (48). The Clostridium species detectable with the oligonucleotide-probe used in that study include common infant gut colonizers such as C. paraputrificum, C. butyricum and C. perfringens but not C. difficile. However, another study indicated that relatively high fecal levels of rarely detected i-caproic acid indicative of C. difficile activity was associated with presence of IgE mediated allergic condition in Swedish infants at around one year of age (49). The...

Common Trends and Contradictions

The microbial characteristics of infants presented above are summarized in Figure 1. Although some variability exists depending upon the study, there are relatively clear trends evident. The most consistent trends associated with allergy are low numbers of bifidobacteria and high numbers of S. aureus and certain species of coliforms and clostridia. It should be pointed out that there are several aspects of these studies that complicate their interpretation. A fundamental downfall is the evaluation of intestinal microbiota by use of the feces, which may only be indicative of the composition of the microbial community in the lower bowel (52,53). Notably, it has been shown that the proportional quantities of specific strains in the colonic mucosa may differ from those in the feces (54). Moreover, the studies on fecal microbiota reveal little with respect to the composition of the small intestine, which immunologically may be more relevant than the large intestine. Another significant...

Interpreting The Gut Microbiota Characteristics

The reason for the compositional differences in the average microbiota of allergic and healthy infants is not yet known. Undisputable conclusions regarding causal relationship cannot be drawn based on mere characterization of microbial composition relative to clinical sings and symptoms. In a few studies, characteristics of the fecal microbiota have been shown to precede the beginning of the expression of atopy, implying that these differences are not necessarily secondary to the disease. However, these, and other studies have not taken into account changes that occur in the development of the gut mucosa as these likely influence which microbes colonize and how these influence clinical signs of allergy.

Reflection of Effects on Th1 Th2 and Treg Differentiation

Also Lactobacillus strains have been shown to confer differential effects on cytokine production and expression of surface markers on murine dendritic cells (85). Furthermore, lactobacilli induced in vitro, in a strain dependent manner, Treg-like low proliferating Th population producing TGF-b and IL-10 (86). TGF-b is the key cytokine in induction of T-cell differentiation towards Tregs (Fig. 2) (87). In a clinical study, improvement in atopic eczema symptoms following oral administration of lactobacilli was accompanied by increased serum concentrations of TGF-b (17). Interestingly, oral supplementation of lactobacilli in breast-feeding mothers was followed by increased TGF-b concentrations in breast-milk (88). This increase may have contributed to subsequently lower prevalence of atopic eczema in children. It should be noted, however, that allergic sensitization was not affected and allergic rhinitis and asthma may have increased in frequency (89). Nevertheless, these studies are not...

Reflection of Effects on Allergen Uptake Processing and Presentation

The original hygiene hypothesis implicated pathogens in an allergy-preventing role. However, their role may be two-sided (90). Whereas the host immune system may become tolerant towards commensal microbes, this should and will not happen with pathogens (91,92). Therefore, pathogens may have a greater potential to stimulate the neonatal immunity away from the allergic type responsiveness than the commensal microbes towards which tolerance has been formed (90). Conversely, potential pathogens may induce and sustain inflammation and compromise the gut barrier (18,93). This may allow greater numbers of allergens to pass the barrier and alter their presentation to lymphocytes due to the presence of danger signals. Consequently, allergic sensitization may be more likely to occur, and may be aggravated in already sensitized subjects with allergic disease (94-96). E. coli and Bacteroides bacterial groups colonizing these subjects may include strains with such detrimental properties (97-100)....

Reflection of Allergic Symptoms

Following oral administration of bifidobacteria was accompanied by modified dynamics in the microbiota (i.e., restriction in the growth of E. coli and Bacteroides) (18). Also, earlier findings attest to this possibility implicating direct correlation between numbers of Enterobacteriaceae family bacteria and severity of atopic eczema symptoms (39). The compositional characteristics associated with the severity of symptoms may be caused by intestinal inflammation exacerbated in some allergic conditions (95,112-115).

Reflection of Environmental Factors

Amongst the best examples of factors which have been clearly shown to influence the development of the gut microbiota and have also been implicated in allergic diseases include the mode of delivery and breast-feeding (116-123). Indeed, it is plausible that the characteristics of fecal microbiota associated with atopic eczema and allergic sensitization may partly reflect dietary factors. It is well known that changes in diet may dramatically affect the microbial composition of the gut. Then again, in allergic infants the diet can reflect the child's health status due to food restrictions. In 39-63 of all infants and young children, atopic eczema is triggered by one or more challenge-confirmed food allergies (124-126). Moreover, the development of manifestations of allergic diseases in children correlates with differences in the composition and immunological characteristics of breast-milk, which on the other hand are affected by maternal gut microbiota and atopy (127-133). For example,...

Introduction importance of biomarkers in demonstrating health benefits

It is becoming generally accepted that several human disorders in the Western world can be linked, at least in part, to a suboptimal diet. Among them we can observe obesity, diabetes, allergy, cardiovascular disease and cancer. Hence, the dairy industry has considerable market opportunities to produce and develop new and better foodstuffs that without doubt could be profitable both for the industry and for society. However, the industry can only achieve this goal if new strategies are developed to understand the basic underlying

The Link Between Birth Weight and Later Health

Obesity early in life thus seriously increases risk for many ailments, but especially for the Big Three metabolic syndrome, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. It is perhaps less well known that large babies and overweight children are also more likely to develop allergies and asthma (Pekkanen et al, 2001). In fact, if one were to compare the odds ratios of developing asthma in small neonates versus in large babies over 10 pounds, the greater pediatric concern would have to be for the bigger infants, especially in the heaviest ones gestated beyond 40 weeks postconception.

Vertebroplasty And Kyphoplasty

There is controversy about obtaining a venograph before vertebro-plasty some clinicians insist that this test improves safety (55), but others point out that the venography contrast agent can increase a patient's risk of a potentially fatal allergic reaction and can impede cement injection if the agent stagnates on injection (54,55). The contraindications for vertebroplasty include complete loss of vertebral height, the presence of osteoblastic metastasis, and acute fracture. The contraindications for kyphoplasty include bleeding disorders, fractured pedicles, the presence of solid tumors or osteomyelitis, and known allergy to the contrast agent used in the balloon.

Adverse Reactions

Use with caution in patients with sulfonamide allergies, may cause hepatitis, rash Use caution in those with chronic hepatitis B or C, sulfa allergies, and in those with moderate hepatic insufficiency Use caution in those with chronic hepatitis B or C, sulfa allergies, and in those with moderate hepatic insufficiency

Induction by Dendritic Cells Loaded with Commensal Bacteria Focuses the Process Within the Mucosal Immune System

As described in Sect. 2.1, the systemic immune system of SPF mice remains ignorant of their commensal intestinal flora, but specific serum IgG responses can easily be induced by administration of 104-106 live organisms into the tail vein. On one hand, it makes good sense that the systemic immune system is not repeatedly primed to commensal organisms, because the diverse responses (which would be largely superfluous since innate mechanisms are very effective at killing these bacteria) could potentially trigger allergy or autoimmunity. On the other, it is important not to be generally tolerant of commensal bacteria, as this may lead to an inability to mount neutralising responses against pathogenic bacterial epitopes. The question is, how can a powerful mucosal immune response be achieved while maintaining systemic ignorance of commensals

Other Causes of Circulatory Shock

A rapid fall in blood pressure occurs in anaphylactic shock as a result of a severe allergic reaction (usually to bee stings or penicillin). This results from the widespread release of histamine, which causes vasodilation and thus decreases total peripheral resistance. A rapid fall in blood pressure also occurs in neurogenic shock, in which sympathetic tone is decreased, usually because of upper spinal cord damage or spinal anesthesia. Car-diogenic shock results from cardiac failure, as defined by a cardiac output inadequate to maintain tissue perfusion. This commonly results from infarction that causes the loss of a significant proportion of the myocardium.

Summary of Research on Information Value

Table 22.1 summarizes the results of the above studies. The categories of OTC healthcare products that show the most promise for the early detection of disease outbreaks include pediatric electrolytes for large outbreaks of respiratory and gastrointestinal disease in children (including disease caused by influenza virus, rotavirus, and respiratory syncytial virus) flu remedies, chest rubs, and cold, cough, sinus, and allergy medications'' for large outbreaks of respiratory disease diarrhea remedies for waterborne outbreaks of cryptosporidiosis and other gastrointestinal pathogens and thermometers, pediatric cough syrups, and pediatric antifever medications for outbreaks of influenza.

Sources of Variability in OTC Sales Data

In addition to day-of-week effects, sales of some products exhibit seasonal variation (Figure 22.4). Sales are higher in winter because there is a higher level of infectious respiratory and gastrointestinal illnesses in winter. Certain allergens are also at their highest airborne concentrations at particular times of the year and cause seasonal variations in sales of OTC allergy medications (Magruder, 2003).

Argatroban Reexposure

Across the prospective studies of HIT, 55 patients underwent therapy with argatroban on more than one occasion. The argatroban dosing and duration were similar between these patients (repeat group) and patients upon their first exposure (initial group, n 754). Event rates in the repeat group were less than with those in the initial group for the composite endpoint (20 vs. 34 ), new thrombosis (3.6 vs. 11.1 ), and major bleeding (3.6 vs. 6.6 ). The patients reexposed to argatroban had no allergic reactions or apparent differences, relative to the initial group, in adverse experiences (Lewis et al., 2000).

Patient History And Risk Factors

Prior to the initiation of treatment, a comprehensive ocular examination is required. This includes a complete ophthalmic history, with an emphasis on previous glaucoma diagnosis and therapy. The time of initial diagnosis, maximum IOP, recent IOP measurements, and corneal thickness should be noted. All previous glaucoma medications used, as well as their efficacy and side effects, must be recorded. Secondary causes of glaucoma (e.g., pigmentary, exfoliation, corticosteroid use, trauma, uveitis, or previous ocular surgery) should also be noted. Where available, copies of prior visual fields, optic nerve photographs, and nerve fiber layer measurements should be obtained. Systemic medical conditions and drug allergies must be noted. A family history of ocular diseases, including glaucoma and visual impairment, is important.

Diseases Caused by the Immune System

Immune mechanisms that normally protect the body are very complex and subject to errors that can result in diseases. Autoimmune diseases and allergies are two categories of disease that are not caused by an invading pathogen, but rather by a derangement in the normal functions of the immune system. Diseases caused by the immune system can be grouped into three interrelated categories (1) autoimmune diseases, (2) immune complex diseases, and (3) allergy, or hypersensitivity. It is important to remember that these diseases are not caused by foreign pathogens but by abnormal responses of the immune system.

Immediate Hypersensitivity

Table 15.11 Allergy Comparison of Immediate and Delayed Hypersensitivity Table 15.11 Allergy Comparison of Immediate and Delayed Hypersensitivity Allergies most commonly produced Hay fever, asthma, and most other allergic conditions and other -> Allergy and other -> Allergy Figure 15.26 The mechanism of immediate hypersensitivity. Allergy (immediate hypersensitivity) is produced when antibodies of the IgE subclass attach to tissue mast cells. The combination of these antibodies with allergens (antigens that provoke an allergic reaction) causes the mast cell to secrete histamine and other chemicals that produce the symptoms of allergy. Unlike IgG antibodies, IgE antibodies do not circulate in the blood. Instead they attach to tissue mast cells and ba-sophils, which have membrane receptors for these antibodies. When the person is again exposed to the same allergen, the allergen binds to the antibodies attached to the mast cells and basophils. This stimulates these cells to secrete...

Initial Medical Management

Once a decision has been made to pursue medical therapy, the ophthalmologist must choose among the many medical options available. Prior to selecting a medication, the physician should review the patient's medical history, allergies, and experience with previous glaucoma medications. Documenting efficacy and side effects of medications previously used in a dedicated location in the medical record will reduce the likelihood of repeating unsuccessful therapeutic trials in the future. Beta blockers are contraindicated in patients with asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or bradycardia. Systemic CAIs should be avoided in patients with a history of calcific kidney stones or potential problems with metabolic acidosis. Systemic CAIs may be used with caution in patients with a sulfa allergy.50

Otitis media with effusion

Otitis media with effusion (OME) is a condition with complex etiologies including anatomical variations, allergy, infections and inflammation. The interplay of these factors lead finally to structural and or functional abnormality of the Eustachian tube resulting in OME. The more horizontal lie of the Eustachian tube and frequent attacks of URTI contribute to the high prevalence of OME in infants and young children of any race. The reported cumulative incidence of first episode of OME reaches almost 100 by the age of 3 years. The incidence drops sharply after the age of 7 so much so that the condition is uncommon amongst teenagers and rare in adults. However, in places where nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC) is endemic, deafness associated with OME is a common presenting symptom of the disease. In these areas, NPC should be excluded in any adult with unilateral OME.

Selection ofthe Monoclonal Antibody Format

Murine MAbs currently constitute the reference standard. The vast majority of MAbs investigated for immunotherapeutic purposes are murine immunoglobulins despite the fact that their clinical use is potentially affected by human anti-mouse antibody (HAMA) formation following systemic injection. Immune complexes consequently accelerate Mab clearance from the circulation, thus lessening their therapeutic potential. More radical responses such as hypersensitivity or allergy are also possible (8,9). MAb-based treatment of highgrade gliomas is, however, frequently approached on a compartmental administration basis. As MAbs eventually find their way into the systemic circulation, the HAMA-induced systemic clearance may confer more advantageous compartment-to-blood and or tumor-to-blood ratios, which is critical from a therapeutic standpoint (7).

Adjunctive Medical Therapy

Which drug to use as initial single therapy depends on many factors, including the patient's health, allergies, and the amount of pressure reduction needed to reach target pressure. In the past (1980s, 1990s, and very early twenty-first century), beta blockers were the preferred first-line glaucoma drug because they were effective for lowering IOP and were relatively well tolerated when compared to other available medications. In addition, until the introduction in the United States of apraclonidine in 1989 and PAs in 1996, beta blockers and direct- and indirect-acting cholinergics were the most potent topical agents available. The current list of medications for glaucoma, including alpha agonists, CAIs, and PAs, provides multiple alternatives for initial therapy. Most ophthalmologists would agree that PAs, with once-daily dosing, excellent IOP-lowering effect, and few side effects, have replaced beta blockers as the most commonly used agent for first-line therapy.

Additivity Of Medications

Able glaucoma medication that the patient can topically or systemically tolerate is considered maximal medical therapy. The word tolerate is key, since the number of medications a patient may simultaneously use is often limited by surface irritation, allergy, systemic side effects, or inconvenience. Some patients simply do not want to take five different eye drops a day, and there is often very little the clinician can do to change their minds.

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An evaluation of the Airway, Breathing, and Circulation (the ABCs) should receive first priority. The history should include the time, location, and circumstances of the injury, where the patient was found, and their condition. Past medical and social history, current medication usage, drug allergies, and tetanus status should be rapidly determined.

Enhancement Of Surveillance

Increased frequency of visits helps the clinician not only to monitor more closely possible disease progression but also to detect potential medication side effects or allergies that may affect treatment. If patients suspect that a medication is making their eyes irritated or uncomfortable, they will often stop taking the medication without consulting their physician. This will make it difficult to determine which drug is the true culprit. Patients should be encouraged to call the office in the event of adverse drug effects or schedule an earlier follow-up visit to avoid these situations. In the case of the noncompliant patient who is reluctant to undergo surgical procedures, visits as frequently as every 1 to 3 months may be helpful. Such enhanced surveillance will ensure that the patient gets adequate prescription refills and will document the history of noncompliance and uncontrolled disease. This information coupled with the inconvenience of office visits can convince a previously...

Antibivalirudin Antibodies

In another review of 494 bivalirudin-treated patients from nine different studies, 11 subjects initially tested positive for antibivalirudin antibodies (Berkowitz, 1999b). However, nine of these were found to be false positives on repeat testing. The remaining two (who could not be retested) did not develop any allergic or anaphylactic reactions. In clinical trials of bivalirudin performed from 1993 to 1995, only 1 of 3639 patients (0.03 ) experienced an allergic reaction considered by the investigator to be related to study drug. In a study of 222 patients receiving bivalirudin subcutaneously two to three times daily for up to 14 days, no antibody formation occurred up to 6 wk (Ginsburg et al., 1994b Eichler et al., 2004)

Genetic risk factors for the development of asthma

Twin studies have a shown a greater concordence of asthma in monozygotic than dizygotic twins (Edfors-Lubs, 1971) and more recently family studies have shown greater heritability of extrinsic than intrinsic asthma (The European Community Respiratory Health Survey Group, 1997). As well as confirming a genetic susceptibility to asthma and allergy, these studies showed that inheritance does not follow a mendelian pattern. Linkage studies have identified many genomic regions that may be linked with the asthma and the atopic pheno-type. Indeed if all of the loci reported to be associated, at least vaguely, with asthma or atopy were taken into consideration they would constitute about half of the genome (Heinzmann and Deichmann, 2001). Examples of loci that have been reported to be associated with asthma by several different investigators are shown in Table 26.2. In some cases these regions harbour potentially important candidate genes (Heinzmann and Deichmann, 2001). Similarly, association...

Hardware Related Complications

Several reports have also focused on hardware complications related to DBS. Beric et al. (46) examined complications for 86 DBS patients and found electrode failure in 3.5 (n 3), extension wire failure in 4.7 (n 4), IPG malfunction in 1.2 (n 1), and pain at the IPG in 1.2 (n 1). Kondziolka et al. (49) examined hardware complications in 66 patients undergoing unilateral thalamic DBS for either essential tremor, parkinsonian tremor, multiple sclerosis, or other forms of tremor. There were a total of 23 hardware-related complications affecting 27 of the patients. Lead breakage occurred in 10 patients (15.2 ), system infection in seven patients (10.6 ), connector erosion in two patients (3.0 ), and cranial lead migration, chronic subdural hematoma, defective IPG, and a defective connector each in one patient (1.5 , each). Oh et al. (50) reported hardware complications for 79 patients who received 124 DBS implants. DBS was done for PD, essential tremor, pain, epilepsy, dystonia, multiple...

Proposed Health Benefits Of Probiotics

Growth and multiplication in the human gastrointestinal tract Well-documented clinical safety, organism must be accurately identified to strain level before recommending its use. It should be non-toxic, non-pathogenic, non-allergenic, non-mutagenic, non-carcinogenic and have no transferable antibiotic resistance Prevention of pathogen colonization through competition for nutrients and binding sites and through production of antimicrobial substances Clinically documented and validated therapeutic effects. Dose-response data for minimum effective dosage of the probiotic organism in different formulations All of the aforementioned desirable characteristics should be maintained during processing and storage of these products organism should be genetically stable, no plasmid transfer Culture should be suitable for production of acceptable quality finished products with desirable viable counts


The adverse events reported in subjects receiving either filgrastim or sargramostim are similar. The most frequently reported adverse events attributed to filgrastim are bone pain, injection site reaction, rash, acute neutrophilic dermatoses, allergic reactions, worsening of inflammatory conditions, and splenic enlargement. For sar-gramostim, they are bone pain, fever, headache, chills or muscle ache, rash or injection site reactions, shortness of breath, and edema or capillary leak (93).

Other Special Situations

The word panallergic can be used to describe patients who simply cannot tolerate virtually any medication for one reason or another. Allergic reactions to every topical glaucoma agent have been reported. Contact dermatitis is not uncommon with alpha-2 agonists, miotics, CAIs, and beta blockers. Also included in this category are patients who have multiple side effects to medications or who just cannot tolerate the baseline level of burning and stinging associated with their instillation.

Dairy products and probiotics in childhood disease

3.2.5 Probiotics and the prevention of allergy in children Similarly, the intestinal microbiota of atopic children has been found to be different from non-atopic individuals. The bacterial cellular fatty acid profile in stools from atopic children was significantly different from the one in healthy children. These findings correlated with more clostridia and a lower content of bifidobacteria in the faeces of allergic individuals (Bjorksten et al., 2001 Kalliomaki et al., 2001a). This might be a strong indication of an interaction of the gut microbiota with the immune system influencing the onset of allergy and atopy. Kalliomaki et al. investigated the long term effect of early colonisation of infants with probiotic bacteria on allergy prevention. one hundred and fifty-nine pregnant women who had a positive family history for atopy were supplemented during their last month of pregnancy with L. rhamnosus GG. Probiotic administration was continued in mothers and children for six months...

Safety And Quality Control Of Microbial Protein Products

Although experience shows that the standard levels fit well below these limits. In products of fungal origin, chemical analysis of absence of mycotoxins is considered essential (Scrimshaw 1985 Stringer 1985). (3) Pathogenicity. The potential pathogenicity of a microorganism used for feeding, has been evaluated by the injection of the viable organism into the body cavity or body fluids of a mammalian species. In this way the nonpathogenicity of a large number of microorganisms (S. cerevisiae, C. utilis C. maltosa, C. lipolytica, and Torulopsis) has been evaluated (Stringer 1985). (4) Integrity of the original strain. The maintenance of the integrity of the original strain and absence of undesirable contaminants has to be proved by specific microbiological and biochemical tests (Anonymous 1983c). (5) Continuous monitoring and control of process variables. To ensure quality and uniformity of the product the process variables (temperature, pH, aeration, cell concentration) have to be...

Invasive Fungal Sinusitis

These patients typically suffer from a longstanding history of upper respiratory allergies, asthma, and nasal polyposis. The disease can take months or years to progress and symptoms include the erosion of barriers separating the paranasal cavities, as well as adjacent structures such as the orbits, brain, and pituitary gland (Stringer, 2000). Additionally patients suffer from mycotic aneurysms, carotid artery ruptures, erosion of the maxillary floor which results in palatal degradation, and erosion of the cribriform plate which results in chronic headaches, seizures, and decreased mental status. Etiological agents found in clinical cases are the same as those in the noninvasive and the acute invasive forms (Schell, 2000).

Liposcelis bostrychophila

Book lice are considered a nuisance when they infest stored foods and libraries. Their presence in the home may also set off allergy and asthma attacks. (Illustration by Barbara Duperron. Reproduced by permission.) Book lice and people Book lice are considered a nuisance when they infest stored foods and libraries. Their presence in the home may also set off allergy and asthma attacks. Book lice are considered a nuisance when they infest stored foods and libraries. Their presence in the home may also set off allergy and asthma attacks. (Illustration by Barbara Duperron. Reproduced by permission.)

Intradiscal Electrothermal Annuloplasty And Nucleoplasty

The contraindications of IDET have not yet been firmly established, but the criteria used to exclude subjects from trials include herniations larger than 4 mm, sequestered disc herniations (when pulposus material separates from the disc nucleus and floats in the spinal column), previous lower back surgery, vertebral canal stenosis, spondylolisthesis at the site, scoliosis, compression radiculopathy, pregnancy, and certain allergies. Complication rates have been low, but at least one report detailed the major complication cauda equina (67).

Other Skin Lesions Associated with Heparin Treatment

Cutaneous Type IV Hypersensitivity Reactions. Not all cutaneous lesions that develop at UFH or LMWH injection sites represent HIT. The so-called type IV hypersensitivity reactions, which are characterized by pruritic infiltrations or blistering erythematous reactions of variable size at heparin injection sites, are often not associated with presence of anti-PF4 H antibodies. More than 90 of affected patients are females, and many are pregnant (Ludwig et al., 2006). The histopathology consists of epidermal spongiosis, dermal edema, and lymphocytic infiltrates accompanied by numerous eosinophils in the papillary dermis (Grasseger et al., 2001). Cutaneous allergy testing usually shows variable cross-reactivity with other heparin(oids), with frequency of cross-reactivity reportedly related to molecular weight, as follows (UFH > LMWH > danaparoid > fondaparinux) (Ludwig et al., 2005, 2006). However, some investigators have observed patients with cutaneous cross-reactivity against...

Classification Of Disease Models

As the name implies, induced models are healthy animals in which the condition to be investigated is experimentally induced, for instance, the induction of diabetes mellitus with encepha-lomyocarditis virus,11 allergy against cow's milk through immunization with minute doses of protein,12 or partial hepatectomy to study liver regeneration.13 The induced-model group is the only category that theoretically allows a free choice of species. Although one might be tempted to presume that extrapolation from an animal species to the human is the better the closer this species resembles humans (high fidelity), phylogenetic closeness, as fulfilled by primate models, is not a guarantee for validity of extrapolation, as the unsuccessful chimpanzee models in acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) research have demonstrated.14 It isjust as decisive that the pathology and outcome of an induced disease or disorder in the model species resembles the respective lesions of the target species. Feline...

Regulation of Atopic Allergic Responses

The hygiene hypothesis suggests that the absence of microbial infection may lead to the development of IgE-mediated atopic allergy by Th2-polarized immune responses (Strachan 1989 Umetsu et al. 2002). It is hypothesized that this may occur through the lack of microbial induced Th1 responses and associated with increased Th2 responses, or by a defective generation of immunoregulatory mediators such as regulatory T cells or interleukin-10 (Macpherson and Harris 2004). Evidence that the indigenous microflora may play a role in regulating IgE responses comes from two lines of evidence studies in germ-free mice showing increased IgE response to antigen (Sudo et al. 1997 Tanaka and Ishikawa 2004) and observations showing the relationship between the composition of the intestinal microflora and the incidence of atopic allergy in animal models andhumans (Bjorksten et al. 2001 Kalliomaki and Isolauri 2003 Kirjavainen et al. 2002).

High Iop On Initial Presentation

When patients with extremely elevated IOP are evaluated, it is important to perform a complete ophthalmic examination, including gonioscopy. Zeiss gonioscopy is adequate, but in situations where symptoms are uniocular, Koeppe gonioscopy or even ultrasound biomicroscopy or anterior segment optical coherence tomography may be helpful to evaluate possible angle recession or questionably narrow angles. In addition, a thorough history will also provide useful information to help identify the cause of the elevated IOP. A history of diabetes may suggest neovascular glaucoma. A history of sudden visual loss may suggest central retinal vein occlusion with subsequent neovascular glaucoma. Previous surgery may be a clue to angle closure, inflammatory glaucoma, or a steroid response. Intermittent pain and blurred vision may suggest chronic angle-closure glaucoma, while sudden pain and visual loss may suggest acute angle-closure glaucoma. The medical history is also important to elicit any...

Integrity of mucous membranes

Intestinal mucous membrane can result from feeding with cow's milk, allergic reactions to complementary foods, and infections. Mode of feeding may affect the intestinal permeability of the young infant infants who receive only breast milk may have a less permeable and therefore healthier lining of the gut than those who also receive other feeds. In the one study carried out to investigate this further, however, feeding mode was not associated with intestinal permeability in infants (measured with lactulose-mannitol ratios, i.e., dual sugars). Infants who had been diagnosed with HIV infection at 14 weeks, however, had higher permeability at six and 14 weeks than uninfected infants (Rollins et al., 2001).

Allergic rhinosinusitis

Allergic rhinosinusitis is a diagnosis made clinically, as there are no definitive objective tests available for routine clinical use to confirm this entity. There are two major forms of this disorder seasonal and perennial. Thus, it is a diagnosis based on history (often by questionnaire) and physical examination. In some epidemiological studies, the presence of allergy is confirmed by results of skin prick tests or in vitro allergy testing. The prevalence of this disorder varies widely in the literature, based upon the different sources of the data (i.e., questionnaires, phone interviews, and direct examination), but the majority of the literature suggests that 20 to 25 of children and about 15 of adults suffer from this condition (1). Peak prevalence is between 10 and 30 years in most countries (2). Atopic individuals are at much increased risk for this disorder and there is a significant correlation between the report of nasal symptoms and the prevalence of allergen-specific IgE....

Studies by Traditional Plate Culture Methods

The first reports associating allergy with characteristic microbial composition in the gut appear to be from studies in the former Soviet Union in the early1980s (38-40). One of these studies, reported also in English, involved an assessment of 60 under one-year-old infants with food allergy and atopic eczema. It was claimed that the severity of the disease was in direct correlation with the stage of aberrancy in the fecal microbiota. This aberrancy was characterized as low prevalence of bifidobacteria and lactobacilli and high prevalence of Enterobactericeae, pathogenic species of staplylococci and streptococci as well as Candida species (39). Indication that such differences may persist beyond infancy was provided a few years later by Ionescu and co-workers (1986) who studied 10- to 45-year-old subjects. Subjects with atopic eczema (n 58) were shown to have lower prevalence of lactobacilli, bifidobacteria, and enterococci species than the healthy subjects (n 21) but higher...

Change due to acute side effects

Not every acute side effect requires immediate modification or complete cessation of therapy. Mild nausea or diarrhea can occur in the beginning and should be tolerated. Gastrointestinal side effects that occur during the first weeks are not dangerous, are treated easily (see Side Effects), and often improve spontaneously. The same is true for mild CNS disorders on efavirenz or mild allergies. However, certain adverse drug events (see box) almost always require immediate alteration of HAART, as they could seriously endanger the patient. Severe allergies with involvement of mucous membranes, fever (typically aba-cavir, NNRTIs, more rarely fosamprenavir)

Cockroaches And People

Mans, but they can trigger allergic reactions among people who are especially sensitive to them. Researchers regularly working with cockroaches in laboratories may eventually become sensitive to them. In time they may experience allergy attacks, asthma, or skin irritations when exposed to cockroaches or the materials with which cockroaches have come into contact.


Enzymatically hydrolyzed proteins have a wide range of both food and nonfood applications, which relate either to their nutritional or to their functional properties. Larger peptides (2-5 kDa) are mainly used as functional ingredients (aeration) or in personal-care products. Medium-size peptides (1-2 kDa) are used in clinical nutrition (34) and sports nutrition (35, 36). Smaller peptides (< 1 kDa) are used in infant food products requiring a reduced allergenicity (15) and for fermentation and tissue culture media (37). 2. Reduced Allergenicity Food allergenicity is a complex topic, and the manifestations of disease and the diagnostic methods are highly variable (45). In the majority of allergic responses a specific immunoglobulin (IgE) mediates the immediate hypersensitivity reaction. Immuno-globulins (also called antibodies) are produced by the body in response to invasions of foreign compounds such as proteins. Materials that elicit antibody production (other than IgE) in an...

Anaphylactic shock

Anaphylactic shock is the severest form of an allergic reaction in which a sensitized individual releases histamine in response to antigen exposure. This response leads to peripheral vasodilation and potentially hemodynamic instability (shock). Other symptoms include wheezing and respiratory distress, swelling of the throat and mucous membranes, itching, and urticaria.

Th1Th2 Balance

They induce a large production of Abs by B cells belonging to the isotypes and subclasses of IgG1, IgG2b, IgA, and IgE, the latter being involved in allergy. Activation of one population inhibits that of another. One of the major determinants of the Th1 Th2 differentiation is the cytokine environment at initial sensitization. Indeed the transition from Th0 to Th1 or Th2 depends on environmental factors, among which the innate immune cells, macrophages, DCs, and NK cells, play a considerable role through synthesis of some cytokines, especially IL-12, and IFN-g, acting on the orientation toward a Th1 profile (Fig. 1). The Th1 Th2 balance is an example of the complexity of the host's immune system, which has to respond to various immune stimuli by an appropriate immune response. In fact, according to the situation, an inflammatory immune response involving Th1 and or CD8 + T cells will be activated in intracellular infections needing cell-mediated responses. In...

The Use of Adjuvants

About 1 year later, Glenny et al. showed that neutralized, alum-precipitated, crude diphtheria toxoid gave a much higher immune response after only one injection than the same fluid toxoid 58 . To diminish local reactions, the precipitate was washed with saline the adsorbed vaccine completely lost its irritating effects, while still having a high immunostimulating capacity 59 . The precipitate obtained by adding alum to crude diphtheria toxoid was, in fact, a mixture of aluminum hydroxide Al(OH)3 and aluminum phosphate (AlPO4) because of the presence of phosphates in the culture media used for toxin production. Both adjuvants have, since then, been used for the preparation of billions of doses of single and combined vaccines, particularly T, diphtheria tetanus pertussis (DTP) and DTP Polio, and have been inoculated into adults, children and babies. The procedures for preparation of aluminum-adjuvanted toxoids have been published 37, 45, 60 and even recently reviewed 61, 62 , and are...


Oral tolerance is defined by the state of both systemic and mucosal immune unresponsiveness induced after soluble protein feeding. It is a long-lasting phenomenon, which affects suppression of both cellular and humoral Ag-specific immune responses. Despite the absence of direct evidence in infants, it is believed that OT, which has been shown to exist in adult humans (43), certainly plays an important role in the protection against hypersensitivity reactions to food proteins hypersensitivities type I and IV, either IgE Abs (allergy) and cellular immune responses, respectively . Studies on mice have shown that suppression of cellular responses lasts up to 17 months after one feeding of


Nevirapine and delavirdine may cause a slight rash in 15 to 20 of patients, 5 to 10 of which discontinue treatment. The rash is seen less frequently on efavirenz therapy, where only 2 of the patients discontinue the drug (Carr 2001). The NNRTI allergy is a reversible, systemic reaction and typically presents as an erythematous, maculopapular, pruritic and confluent rash, distributed mainly over the trunk and arms. Fever may precede the rash. Further symptoms include myalgia (sometimes severe), fatigue and mucosal ulceration. The allergy usually begins in the second or third week of treatment. Women are more often and more severely affected (Bersoff-Matcha 2001). If symptoms occur later than 8 weeks after initiation of therapy, other drugs should be suspected. Severe reactions such as the Stevens-Johnson syndrome, toxic epidermal necrolysis (Lyell's syndrome) or anicteric hepatitis are rare (Rotunda 2003). Approximately 50 of NNRTI allergies resolve despite continuation of therapy....

Step 1 Nonopioids

Paracetamol, a synthetic, is now the most widely used analgesic. In therapeutic doses, paracetamol is the safest analgesic available and a single dose is effective for 4-6 h. As with aspirin, allergic reactions may occur and occasional cases of cholestatic jaundice have been reported. An overdose (15 g) can cause fatal hepatocellular necrosis but intravenous acetylcysteine and methionine (both precursors of glutathione) are effective antidotes if given within 10-12 h.

The HACCP study

When fruit and vegetables are sold toconsumersforuseinthe preparationof meals or for direct consumption the retailers, to ensure that the products are freefromhazardsor thatconsumersare advised accordingly. Crop production methodsshouldensurethat,forinstance, pesticide residues do not exceed MRLs, but for additional confidence in the safety of the product, and the ability of the producerandretailerto demonstratedue diligence, it may be that some levels, for example in the case of some apples,orangesandpotatoes.Where controls are not implemented the responsibilityforcontrolfalls toconsumerswho s hould be warned of the possible existence of a hazard so they can take the appropriate course of action. This is theprincipleseeninthe exampleoffood products which contain, or may contain, nutsandwhicharelabelledtowarncon-sumers suffering from nut allergy, who fallintothecategory of'sensitivegroups'. It is necessary to identify sensitive of the product which do not Such consumers include...


Preemptive measures may include nonpharmacological therapies as well as nonopioid and opioid medications. When drug-seeking behavior is a concern (an unusual situation in the older adult) in a patient who is suffering from pain, then reassessment of the patient's pain management will be necessary. When indicated, controlled-release agents (e.g., some morphine products) should be considered, but these should only be used when inadequate pain control is the dominant issue. Clarification of allergy reports will also be helpful in broadening the therapeutic options.

Mast cells

Although functionally akin to basophils, they are long living and thought to belong to the tissue macrophage family. They are not phagocytic and do not present antigen to lymphocytes. Upon binding of foreign antigen to its membrane receptors, degranulation occurs with release of histamine, heparin and other vasoactive peptides. Activation also results in the release of leukotrienes (LT) from the surface membrane. Mast cells are important effector cells of many of the manifestations of hypersensitivity or allergic reactions, such as urticaria, rhinitis and bronchospasm.


Initiation of HAART is usually postponed in ART-naive patients until the PCP has resolved. In some countries, HAART and PCP-therapy are often administered concurrently. A general recommendation cannot be given at present. A retrospective study showed improved survival in patients who began HAART while hospitalized (Morris 2003). Disadvantages of this approach include possible cumulative toxici-ties and allergies, which may necessitate discontinuation of both PCP and HIV treatment (Watson 2002). All alternatives to co-trimoxazole are less effective. In cases of intolerability or history of sulfonamide allergy, intravenous pentamidine is recommended as the drug of second choice. An induction therapy is administered over the first few days (200-300 mg in 500 ml 5 glucose or 0.9 NaCl), and half the dose can then be given from day 6. This treatment is very toxic, which is why we have not used it for many years. Severe decompensations of electrolyte and blood glucose levels (both hyper- and...


Not prove endangerment as a result of proximity to cats (Wallace 1993). Nevertheless, hygiene measures should be taken (e.g. use gloves for the cat litter box ). Primary Prophylaxis All IgG-positive patients with less than 100 CD4 cells l require primary prophylaxis. The drug of choice is co-trimoxazole. In cases of allergy, desensitization may be considered (see PCP). Alternatives are dapsone plus pyrimethamine or high-dose dapsone alone. Primary prophylaxes can be discontinued if CD4 cells are above 200 l for at least three months on HAART.


That is characterized by a small oral cavity as in Beckwith-Wiedemann or Down syndrome. The tongue may be large if it is the site of a congenital vascular malformation. Acquired forms of macroglossia include trauma and allergic reactions, for example, angioneurotic edema. When considering the tongue in facial diagnosis, one should remember that largeness is not necessarily the same as protrusion.


First-line drugs include rifampin (RMP), rifabutin (RB), isoniazid (INH), etham-butol (EMB) and pyrazinamide (PZA). INH and RMP are the most potent of these drugs. Second-line drugs include streptomycin, amikacin, capreomycin, prothiona-mide, moxifloxacin, levofloxacin, cycloserine and linezolid. Streptomycin is not orally available, is delivered i.v. or i.m. and it should only be included in the treatment regimen if one of first-line drugs is contraindicated (drug resistance, allergy, toxicity, etc.).


Damage to the tympanic membrane or middle-ear ossicles produces conduction deafness. This impairment can result from a variety of causes, including otitis media and otosclerosis. In otitis media, which sometimes follows allergic reactions or respiratory disease, inflammation produces an excessive accumulation of fluid within the middle ear. This, in turn, can result in the excessive growth of epithelial tissue and damage to the eardrum. In otosclerosis, bone is resorbed and replaced by sclerotic bone that grows over the oval window and immobilizes the footplate of the stapes. In conduction deafness, these pathological changes hinder the transmission of sound waves from the air to the cochlea of the inner ear.


The following simulation illustrates the benefits of fusion of multiple data streams. For details of such an HMM approach, see the references above. The data in the first three panels of Figure 15.4 were generated from a vastly oversimplified HMM where there are three possible disease states none, influenza, and allergy. The simulated data streams are ED visits, school absenteeism, and OTC antihistamine sales. In this example, the ED visits have a strong weekend effect, while weekend data are missing for school absenteeism. Influenza is assumed to double the rates of all three data streams. Allergy also doubles OTC antihistamines. The population is in state allergy during time steps 10-20, and in influenza for time steps 30 to 40. A three-state HMM was applied to the data and the inference results are shown in the bottom panel of Figure 15.4. Inference involves computing the disease state probabilities (which are not in the observed data) from the counts and environmental factors...

HAT3 Study

The third prospective trial, HAT-3, was the largest and involved 205 patients 98 patients were assigned to dose regimen A1, 12 to regimen A2, and 84 to regimen B (Lubenow et al., 2005). Ten patients received lepirudin for CPB (regimen C), and one received lepirudin by the sc route. Seventeen patients received more than one treatment cycle. For the efficacy parameters only the first treatment cycle was calculated. For safety analysis, especially allergic reactions, all treatment cycles were included.

Botulinum Toxins

Contraindications to treatment with botulinum toxin include specific allergies, preexisting neuromuscular disease, consumption of blood thinners (including aspirin) and aminoglycoside antibiotics or other pharmaceuticals that interfere with neuromuscular transmission, dry eyes, everted lids (ectropion), pregnancy, lactation, and a history of reaction to the toxin. Botulinum toxins are not used in children younger than 12 years of age.

Fleas And People

The bites of the dog, cat, and human fleas are very annoying and may cause itching and allergic reactions in sensitive people. Scratching flea bites often causes further discomfort and leads to infections. Some fleas carry diseases that infect both humans and pets. Plague and other diseases are spread either through the bites of infected fleas or by rubbing the waste of infected fleas into the bite wounds. Eating fleas infected with parasitic worms and blood protozoan parasites can spread these harmful organisms to humans, dogs, rabbits, rats, and other animals.


There are five immunoglobulin (abbreviated Ig) subclasses IgG, IgA, IgM, IgD, and IgE. Most of the antibodies in serum are in the IgG subclass, whereas most of the antibodies in external secretions (saliva and milk) are IgA (table 15.6). Antibodies in the IgE subclass are involved in certain allergic reactions.

Asthma bronchiale

One would think that an immunosuppressing disease like HIV infection would at least protect patients from manifestations of exaggerated immune reaction such as allergies and asthma. However, the opposite is the case in a study from Canada concerning HIV-infected men, more than 50 had suffered an episode of wheezing within the previous 12 months, and nearly half of those showed evidence of bronchial hyperreactivity. These findings were particularly distinct among smokers (Poirer 2001). As the disease progresses, it probably comes to an imbalance between too few good TH1 cells producing interferon and Interleukin 2, and too many allergy-mediating TH2 cells with an increased total IgE. In cases of unclear coughing, dyspnoea or recurrent bronchitis, the possibility of bronchial hyperreac-tivity, asthma or emphysema should be kept in mind.


For a long time, allergic rhinitis is classified as seasonal or perennial. More recently, it is being reclassified as intermittent or persistent depending on the total duration of the symptomatic period. Management of rhinitis is dependent on the underlying cause. Superimposed infection is not uncommon and should be treated accordingly.

Antibiotic therapy

Unfortunately more and more bacterial strains are becoming penicillin G-resistant (Bacteroides sp., Prevotella melaninogenica, etc.). This has led to changes in this long-standing regimen73-75. In present times more stable betalactams are being used, such as carboxypenicillins (ticarcilline), ureidopenicillins (piperacilline) . Alternatively penicillin G is being combined with imidazole derivatives (metronidazole, ornidazole). Cephalosporins - with the exception of cephamycin - are usually much less effective than penicillin. Rifampicin, chloramphenicol, macrolides (erythromycine) or clindamycine can be used on patients with an allergy to penicillin. Clindamycin is very often recommended by North american authors because of its anti-toxin activity76,77 but may be poorly tolerated and resistance is increasing so that its use has greatly decreased in Europe. Often

Combination Therapy

Many practitioners tend to add medications, assuming that more is better. Remember, however, that it is the patient who must take all of the medications. Each time patients add a new drop to their regimen, they add new potential side effects, drug or preservative allergies, and inconveniences to their daily schedule. As a general rule of thumb, additional medications are needed when disease progresses despite an already reduced IOP. Substitution is more appropriate in patients with less advanced disease who display tolerance or a loss of drug efficacy over time.

Maternal diet

Maternal diet and composition of breast milk may play a role in the development of immune-mediated diseases. It has been shown that small amounts of cow's milk proteins may be carried over to breast milk from the maternal diet (Axelsson et al. 1984), and sensitive infants may develop cow's milk allergy on exclusive breastfeeding (Host 1994). Per capita coffee consumption correlated positively with incidence of type 1 diabetes in an international ecological comparison (Tuomilehto et al. 1990). However, maternal coffee or tea consumption during pregnancy was not related to the risk of type 1 diabetes in the offspring in two case-control series (Virtanen et al. 1994a Soltesz et al. 1994). A positive association was seen between maternal nitrite intake and the risk of diabetes in the child independently of the child's own intake and when adjusted for several sociodemographic factors (Virtanen et al. 1994b). Paternal use of coffee or tea or intake of nitrate or nitrite at the time of...