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Linden Disney-Hogg, Alex J Cornish, Amit Sud, Philip J Law, Ben Kinnersley, Daniel I Jacobs, Quinn T Ostrom, Karim Labreche, Jeanette E Eckel-Passow, Georgina N Armstrong, Elizabeth B Claus, Dora Il'yasova, Joellen Schildkraut, Jill S Barnholtz-Sloan, Sara H Olson, Jonine L Bernstein, Rose K Lai, Minouk J Schoemaker, Matthias Simon, Per Hoffmann, Markus M Nöthen, Karl-Heinz Jöckel, Stephen Chanock, Preetha Rajaraman, Christoffer Johansen, Robert B Jenkins, Beatrice S Melin, Margaret R Wrensch, Marc Sanson, Melissa L Bondy, Richard S Houlston
BACKGROUND: An inverse relationship between allergies with glioma risk has been reported in several but not all epidemiological observational studies. We performed an analysis of genetic variants associated with atopy to assess the relationship with glioma risk using Mendelian randomisation (MR), an approach unaffected by biases from temporal variability and reverse causation that might have affected earlier investigations. METHODS: Two-sample MR was undertaken using genome-wide association study data...
March 15, 2018: BMC Medicine
Nicole Y Lee, Omer Ibrahim, Shilpi Khetarpal, Mariya Gaber, Spiros Jamas, Ioannis Gryllos, Jeffrey S Dover
Keratosis pilaris (KP) is a common skin finding that presents as follicular hyperkeratotic papules on the proximal extremities in patients with a propensity for atopy. Although often asymptomatic, the stippled appearance is cosmetically disturbing to patients and difficult to treat as current therapies are limited in availability and efficacy. Nitric oxide (NO) has been found to be essential in basic systemic and cutaneous physiologic function, specifically in terms of its anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties, which evolutionarily was maintained by ammonia-oxidizing bacteria (AOB)...
March 1, 2018: Journal of Drugs in Dermatology: JDD
L O Gonçalves, M M Lopes, E R Rezende, G Rs Segundo
BACKGROUND: Few studies have assessed the incidence of eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE) in childhood. The study aim is to determine the incidence of EoE in pediatric patients submitted to upper gastrointestinal endoscopy (UGE), with analysis of epidemiological data regarding sex, age, symptomatology, the frequency of atopy and endoscopic and histological findings. METHODS: A retrospective, observational and analytical study performed with an evaluation of medical records of patients aged 0 to 14 years who underwent to upper gastrointestinal endoscopy in a tertiary hospital from January 2004 to January 2014...
March 12, 2018: Journal of Investigational Allergology & Clinical Immunology
S Gayam, Z Zinn, M Chelliah, J Teng
Food allergy is common and the prevalence is increasing. The pathogenesis of food allergy has been extensively reviewed. Immunologic and clinical tolerance to food requires production of regulatory T cells that are food-antigen specific. Loss of tolerance to food can lead to IgE-mediated reactions and non-IgE-mediated reactions. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
March 10, 2018: Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology: JEADV
Katariina Lajunen, Satu Kalliola, Anne Kotaniemi-Syrjänen, Seppo Sarna, L Pekka Malmberg, Anna S Pelkonen, Mika J Mäkelä
BACKGROUND: Asthma often begins early in childhood. However, the risk for persistence is challenging to evaluate. OBJECTIVE: This longitudinal study relates lung function assessed with impulse oscillometry (IOS) in preschool children to asthma in adolescence. METHODS: Lung function was measured with IOS in 255 children with asthma-like symptoms aged 4-7 years. Baseline measurements were followed by exercise challenge and bronchodilation tests...
March 6, 2018: Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology
Hanna Danielewicz, Anna Dębińska, Anna Drabik-Chamerska, Danuta Kalita, Andrzej Boznański
BACKGROUND: IL-4 and IL-4RA are key factors in allergic inflammation. IL-4 stimulates both IgE production and Th2 lymphocyte differentiation. Increased levels of IL-4 and IL-4RA have been shown in allergic patients. Genetic analyses have confirmed that polymorphisms within the IL-4RA gene influence the risk of allergy and can change the expression of the protein. Due to gene-environment interactions, this process is also likely to be modified by environmental exposure. OBJECTIVES: The aim of the study was to evaluate the IL-4RA gene expression in peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC) from atopic and non-atopic subjects with regard to place of living (urban vs rural)...
February 2018: Advances in Clinical and Experimental Medicine: Official Organ Wroclaw Medical University
Edyta Krzych-Fałta, Konrad Furmańczyk, Aneta Tomaszewska, Dominik Olejniczak, Bolesław Samoliński, Urszula Samolińska-Zawisza
BACKGROUND: The hygiene hypothesis proposed by Strachan in the 1980s clearly emphasized the role of microorganisms in atopy prevention. OBJECTIVES: The study objective was to assess the preventive role of probiotics in patients with allergic rhinitis, bronchial asthma, atopic dermatitis, and/or food allergy. MATERIAL AND METHODS: The methods used in the study were the International Study of Asthma and Allergies in Childhood (ISAAC) questionnaires for 6-7- and 13-14-year-olds and the European Community Respiratory Health Survey II (ECRHS II) questionnaire targeted for the 20-44 age group...
January 2018: Advances in Clinical and Experimental Medicine: Official Organ Wroclaw Medical University
Thaís Silva Peleteiro, Evelin Santos Oliveira, Elisabete Lopes Conceição, Francisco Nascimento-Sampaio, Neuza Maria Alcântara-Neves, Carlos Mauricio Cardeal Mendes, Theolis Costa Barbosa Bessa
INTRODUCTION: Bacille Calmette-Guérin (BCG) downmodulates allergen-specific IgE levels and prevents other atopic responses in experimental models but fails to protect against respiratory allergies. Human responsiveness to BCG is variable and may interfere with protection. METHODS: Multivariate models were evaluated to test the possible effect of responsiveness (assessed by IFN-γ production) to BCG revaccination on the modulation of total and allergen-specific serum IgE levels in healthy volunteers participating in a randomized controlled trial...
January 2018: Revista da Sociedade Brasileira de Medicina Tropical
Paraskevi Xepapadaki, Claus Bachert, Susetta Finotto, Tuomas Jartti, George N Konstantinou, Alexander Kiefer, Marek Kowalski, Anna Lewandowska-Polak, Heikki Lukkarinen, Eirini Roumpedaki, Anna Sobanska, Ina Sintobin, Tytti Vuorinen, Nan Zhang, Theodor Zimmermann, Nikolaos G Papadopoulos
BACKGROUND: The PreDicta cohort was designed to prospectively evaluate wheeze/asthma persistence in preschoolers in association to viral/microbial exposures and immunological responses. We present the cohort design, demographic/disease characteristics and evaluate unsupervised and predefined phenotypic subgroups at inclusion. METHODS: PreDicta is a 2-year prospective study conducted in five European regions, including children 4-6 years with a diagnosis of asthma as cases and healthy age-matched controls...
March 7, 2018: Pediatric Allergy and Immunology
M Štefan, J Vojtěch
OBJECTIVE: This article reviews up-to-date data on antibiotic therapy in pregnancy. DESIGN: Review article. SETTING: Department of Infectious Diseases, Military University Hospital Prague; Institute for the Care of Mother and Child, Prague. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Relevant literary sources have been considered, including articles in English indexed in Pubmed, monographies in English and articles in Czech. CONCLUSIONS: Antibiotic therapy in pregnancy must be rational...
2018: Ceská Gynekologie
Ahra Kim, Gina Lim, Inbo Oh, Yangho Kim, Taehoon Lee, Jiho Lee
BACKGROUND: Perinatal factors are suspected to have a significant impact on the development of asthma; however, sufficiently powered studies have not been performed to investigate this issue. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate whether perinatal factors and other risk factors have an independent or combined effect on the development of asthma. METHODS: This study involved 3,770 children (mean age 9.1 years, range 5.68-12.16 years; 51.9% boys) who were enrolled in the Elementary School Student Cohort (2009-2014) in Ulsan University Hospital (Ulsan, Korea)...
March 2018: Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology
Francesca Larese Filon, Anna Drusian, Marcella Mauro, Corrado Negro
Exposure to laboratory animals (LA) can cause allergic sensitization and symptoms as rhinitis, conjunctivitis, asthma, anaphylaxis and dermatitis. In 2000, a program was instituted at Trieste Universities to decrease LA allergy among scientists and technicians working with animals. The aim of our study was to investigate LA allergy in workers exposed to LA from 2001 to 2016, and to verify the effects of a preventive program. Four hundred sixty seven people underwent pre-employment screening for a job with laboratory animals at Universities of Trieste consisting in a medical examination, a full respiratory and allergy anamnesis, using a standardized questionnaire, skin prick test with common and occupational allergens, and spirometry...
March 2018: Respiratory Medicine
Hye Yun Park, Suh-Young Lee, Danbee Kang, Juhee Cho, Hyun Lee, Seong Yong Lim, Ho Il Yoon, Seung Won Ra, Ki Uk Kim, Yeon-Mok Oh, Don D Sin, Sang-Do Lee, Yong Bum Park
BACKGROUND: The recognition of asthma-chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) overlap (ACO) as a distinct phenotype of COPD or asthma has increased. Although ACO has worse clinical features than non-ACO COPD, limited information is available on long-term outcomes of lung function decline for ACO and non-ACO COPD. METHODS: COPD patients with at least 3 years of follow-up were selected from the Korean Obstructive Lung Disease cohort. ACO was defined based on 3 major criteria: 1) airflow limitation in individuals 40 years of age and older, 2) ≥10 pack-years of smoking history, and 3) a history of asthma or bronchodilator response of > 400 mL in forced expiratory volume in 1 s (FEV1 ) at baseline; and at least 1 minor criterion: 1) history of atopy or allergic rhinitis, 2) two separated bronchodilator responses of ≥12% and 200 mL in FEV1 , or 3) peripheral blood eosinophils ≥300 cells/μL...
March 2, 2018: Respiratory Research
Giusy Ranucci, Vittoria Buccigrossi, Eleonora Borgia, Daniela Piacentini, Federica Visentin, Luigi Cantarutti, Paola Baiardi, Mariagrazia Felisi, Maria Immacolata Spagnuolo, Stefania Zanconato, Eugenio Baraldi, Carlo Giaquinto, Alfredo Guarino
BACKGROUND: Early nutrition affects the risk of atopy and infections through modifications of intestinal microbiota. The Prebiotics in the Prevention of Atopy (PIPA) study was a 24-month randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial. It aimed to evaluate the effects of a galacto-oligosaccharide/polydextrose (GOS/PDX)-formula (PF) on atopic dermatitis (AD) and common infections in infants who were born to atopic parents and to investigate the relationship among early nutrition, gut microbiota and clinical outcomes...
March 1, 2018: Nutrients
Martin Glatz, Jay-Hyun Jo, Elizabeth A Kennedy, Eric C Polley, Julia A Segre, Eric L Simpson, Heidi H Kong
BACKGROUND: Emollients are a mainstay of treatment in atopic dermatitis (AD), a disease distinguished by skin bacterial dysbiosis. However, changes in skin microbiota when emollients are used as a potential AD preventative measure in infants remain incompletely characterized. RESULTS: We compared skin barrier parameters, AD development, and bacterial 16S ribosomal RNA gene sequences of cheek, dorsal and volar forearm samples from 6-month-old infants with a family history of atopy randomized to receive emollients (n = 11) or no emollients (controls, n = 12)...
2018: PloS One
Irfan Ismail Ayub, Abdul Majeed Arshad, Prathipa Sekar, Natraj Manimaran, Dhanasekar Thangaswamy, Chandrasekar Chockalingam
Background: There is dearth of literature on asthma-chronic obstructive pulmonary disease overlap syndrome (ACOS) in India. The aim was to compare clinical characteristics between patients with ACOS and non-ACOS COPD and to identify clinical predictors of ACOS in patients with COPD. Methods: We conducted a retrospective study by reviewing data collected from patients performing spirometry at our hospital. Those with postbronchodilator FEV1 /FVC <70% were included in the study...
March 2018: Lung India: Official Organ of Indian Chest Society
Almira Ćosićkić, Fahrija Skokić, Amela Selimović, Maida Mulić, Sanimir Suljendić, Nermina Dedić, Damir Sabitović, Fejzo Džafić
Children with atopic dermatitis (AD) usually develop symptoms when they reach the age of 6-7 years, but the risk of developing respiratory allergies, asthma and allergic rhinitis (AR) remains high. In most children with AD, the development of asthma and AR is associated with sensitization to food allergens and/or aeroallergens, while only a small percentage missed atopic diathesis. In about 35% of children with AD, food allergy is the provoking cause, and 60% of infants who had AD in the first 3 months of life were sensitized against aeroallergens by the age of 5...
June 2017: Acta Clinica Croatica
Anna Korsgaard Berg, Birthe Susanne Olsen, Jacob P Thyssen, Claus Zachariae, Anne Birgitte Simonsen, Kasper Pilgaard, Jannet Svensson
BACKGROUND: Dermatological complications in children and adolescents that are related to continuous subcutaneous insulin infusion (CSII) and continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) have not been well-characterized. This study examined the prevalence and characteristics of different types of dermatological complications. METHODS: Online questionnaires regarding dermatological complications related to CSII and/or CGM were returned from a total of 144 children and adolescents, aged 2 to 20 years...
February 26, 2018: Pediatric Diabetes
Rihuang Qiu, Jiaxing Xie, Kian Fan Chung, Naijian Li, Zhaowei Yang, Mengzhang He, Jing Li, Rongchang Chen, Nanshan Zhong, Qingling Zhang
BACKGROUND: Asthma is a heterogeneous disease with diverse clinical manifestations and inflammatory pathologies that is punctuated by exacerbations. OBJECTIVES: To describe the clinical and inflammatory characteristics of asthma patients treated in hospital for an acute exacerbation. METHODS: Data from 320 adult patients receiving treatment for an acute exacerbation of asthma were obtained. In 218 with complete data , we used Ward's hierarchical clustering to obtain clusters...
February 22, 2018: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology in Practice
Tsugunobu Andoh, Sikai Li, Daisuke Uta
BACKGROUND: Atopic dermatitis is a chronic and severe pruritic skin disease. Interlukin-31 (IL-31) has been recently demonstrated to be one of the key pruritogens in atopic dermatitis. However, the mechanisms underlying IL-31-induced itching remains unclear. In our previous study, we have shown that thromboxane (TX) A2 is involved in itch-associated responses in mice with atopy-like skin diseases. METHODS: IL-31 was given intradermally into the rostral back of ICR mice and the hind-paw scratching to the injection site were counted...
October 5, 2017: Pharmacological Reports: PR
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