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Dear Evolution, Thanks for the Allergies

Millions of people suffer from hives or shortness of breath when they encounter everyday exposures such as pollens or peanuts. In their most favorable light you could think of your allergies as a really annoying super power, with telltale wheezing signaling your body senses the presence of something that you don’t see or consciously smell. Despite decades of inquiry, however, scientists remain unable to pin down why allergies occur.

Because allergic reactions basically mirror the way our body responds to parasites such as worms, working to expel them through sneezes, vomiting or watery eyes, the prevailing belief among allergy experts is that allergies are just an unfortunate misdirected…

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 Dear Evolution, Thanks for the Allergies

A pair of new studies, however, takes a fresh look at why allergies occur and provides the first evidence that those bodily responses may be no accident at all. Rather, they could be the body’s way of protecting us against toxins in the environment.

Allergy Cases is a free online case-based curriculum of allergy and immunology for Fellows-in-Training (FITs), medical residents and students.

Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network

Established in 1991, FAAN's membership now stands at close to 30,000 worldwide and includes families, dietitians, nurses, physicians, school staff, and representatives from government agencies and the food and pharmaceutical industries. FAAN serves as the communication link between the patient and others.

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases conducts and supports basic and applied research to better understand, treat, and ultimately prevent infectious, immunologic, and allergic diseases.

World Allergy Organization

The World Allergy Organization (WAO) is an international umbrella organization whose members consist of 92 regional and national allergology and clinical immunology societies from around the world. By collaborating with member societies, WAO provides direct educational outreach programs, symposia and lectureships to members in nearly 100 countries around the globe.

Achoo!- Adventures of an Allergist Mommy

A Board-certified Pediatrician and Allergist/Immunologist shares a physician's perspective on parenting kids with allergies, parenting in general, and keeping it all together when all she really wants is a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup.

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American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology

The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology is dedicated to the advancement of the knowledge and practice of allergy, asthma and immunology for optimal patient care.

Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America

AAFA is dedicated to improving the quality of life for people with asthma and allergic diseases through education, advocacy and research.

British Society for Allergy and Clinical Immunology

The BSACI continues to provide support to clinicians and scientists involved in Allergy in the UK and overseas. Our aim is to provide high quality NHS based allergy service to patients with allergic disease and other disorders of the immune system.

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