Thu, 26 Nov | Online

Allergies: what are they and why are they increasing?

Prof. Martin Church, Charité University Hospital, Berlin, Germany
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Allergies: what are they and why are they increasing?

Time & Location

26 Nov 2020, 19:30
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About the Event

  

Our immune system is absolutely vital in protecting us infection with external aggressors including viruses, bacteria and parasitic worms. However, sometimes it makes a mistake and identifies innocuous substances, such as grass or tree pollen as aggressors and mounts a defensive attack. One such attack is allergy. I will use allergic rhinitis (hay fever) to illustrate the basic mechanism of an allergic attack.

Two hundred years ago allergy was almost unheard of. Today almost 40% of the population suffers from one kind of allergy or another. The rate is still increasing. But why? I will examine some possibilities including, our hygienic living style, indoor living, stress, outdoor pollution and global warming.

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