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    Allergy Sufferers Rejoice! Vaccine to Eliminate Allergies Discovered

    Posted by admin on Jun 5, 2012 1:16:41 PM

    Scientists at the University of Eastern Finland led by Professor Juhu Rouvinen, in cooperation with Professors Kristiina Takkinen and Hans Söderlun from VTT, a technical research center in Finland, discovered unique IgE‐binding structures in allergens. They say these structures can be genetically modified so they do not bind IgE anymore, but they can still induce the production of the immunoglobulin G (IgG).  IgG protects you from allergic symptoms by actually prohibiting the formation of IgE-allergen complexes and could, in theory, prevent the degranulation and histamine release from white blood cells. The modified allergens are produced using modern molecular biology and biotechnology.

    Patients will hypothetically develop a natural immunity against each allergy they have been vaccinated for in the same manner immunity is created against infectious diseases with vaccinations.

    “Histamines are not the solution because they only inhibit or lesson the allergy so you still have the allergy.  We believe that curing allergies is about changing or modifying the genetic structure of the allergen molecules inside of your body, so we want to eliminate the cause of the allergy, instead of removing symptoms.” said Rouvinen.

    According to the National Institute of Health, An allergy is an exaggerated immune response or reaction to substances that are generally not harmful. The immune system normally protects the body against harmful substances, such as bacteria and viruses. It also reacts to foreign substances called allergens, which are generally harmless and in most people do not cause a problem.  But in a person with allergies, the immune response is oversensitive. When it recognizes an allergen, it releases chemicals such as histamines. which fight off the allergen. This causes allergy symptoms.

    In the United States, 65 million people have some type of allergy:

    • 56% percent are allergic to grasses and pollen
    • 39% are allergic to cat and dog dander
    • 10% have some type of food allergy

    Instances of seasonal allergies are on the up-swing, primarily for environmental reasons.

    "The seasons are getting longer—they're starting earlier and pollens are getting released earlier," says Dr. Stanley Fineman, president-elect of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology and an allergist at the Atlanta Allergy and Asthma Clinic. "And not only is there warmer weather, there tends to be more CO2 in atmosphere."

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    Topics: Viruses, allergic, allergy, Dr. Stanley Fineman, General Medicine, Hans Söderlun, immune system, National Institute of Health (NIH), University of Eastern Finland, vaccine, allergen, bacteria, European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunolog, histamine, immunity, Kristiina Takkinen, Professor Juhu Rouvinen, vaccination

    August is National Immunization Awareness Month

    Posted by admin on Aug 17, 2011 11:28:43 AM

    With students getting ready to go back to school, and the upcoming flu season fast approaching, August marks the annual observance of National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM).

    The goal of NIAM is to increase awareness about immunizations, and to reach the thousands of people in the U.S.  and the hundreds of thousands around the world who go unprotected from vaccine-preventable diseases that claim the lives of countless people each year. It has been proven that the best defense against contracting common viruses and diseases is for both children and adults to be immunized. In addition, a healthier population reduces healthcare costs, and results in fewer missed work and school days.

    5 Key Reasons to Support Immunization Programs:

    1. Immunization Saves Lives
    Immunization saves more than 3 million lives worldwide each year, and it saves millions more from suffering illness and lifelong disability.

    Global distribution of the 1.4 million annual deaths caused by vaccine-preventable (WHO)
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    Topics: influenza, National Immunization Awareness Month, NIAM, vaccine, immunization, Infectious Disease, infectious disease

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