Department of Cell and Molecular Biology

Hellman lab

A dramatic increase in the incidence of atopic (IgE mediated) allergies has occurred during the past 50 years. Estimates show that 20-30% of the populations in some western countries have allergic symptoms that are so severe, they constitute a medical problem. This situation has, together with better management of many of the major infectious diseases, placed atopic allergies among the major medical issues of the industrialized world. Common atopic allergies include hay fever, fur allergies, different types of asthma, food allergies and dermatitis.

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