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Most of the studies included in the analysis sprays deposit nicotine in the bloodstream drew participants from self-selecting populations of smokers and buy caverta on line amex impotence divorce, in general purchase caverta with a mastercard erectile dysfunction 5k, the studies’ participants through the lining of the mouth or nose, whereas received counseling regardless of whether they were randomly assigned to receive medication or placebos. A meta-analysis of 24 studies found that the use Methadone can be taken orally and has a long 209 of nicotine patches for six to 14 weeks can half-life with a slow onset of action. It abstinence for at least six months compared to allows individuals with addiction involving 201 210 placebos. The patch also appears to be starting methadone, when switching from effective regardless of additional psychosocial another narcotic/opioid medication to 203 211 interventions. Methadone rather an aid to smoking cessation to be used in also may accumulate in the body to a toxic level conjunction with other evidence-based acute if it is taken too often, or in larger than 216 care and chronic disease management recommended quantities. Methadone used as replacement therapy for patients with prescribed for addiction involving opioids can * addiction involving opioids. Methadone reduces cravings and withdrawal symptoms by † Because methadone does not require intravenous injection, methadone users are less likely to engage in * Methadone can be used in the stabilization, acute needle sharing and because they do not need the same treatment and disease management/maintenance amount of money to obtain heroin, they are less phases of treatment for patients with addiction likely to engage in prostitution compared to their involving opioids. Buprenorphine is used in the Buprenorphine provides moderate relief from treatment of addiction involving opioids and, opioid withdrawal and has less risk of misuse 227 when used as directed, functions both by and overdose than methadone. Another reducing craving for addictive opioids and by advantage to buprenorphine is that it can be 219 easing withdrawal symptoms. At low doses, dosed less frequently than every day and still buprenorphine enables patients with addiction have a beneficial effect, which could help to 228 involving opioids to discontinue their use of the enhance medication adherence. Promising drugs without experiencing withdrawal results are emerging from preliminary research 220 symptoms. Despite these There are two forms of the medication: advantages, buprenorphine has similar side buprenorphine alone (brand name Subutex) and effects to methadone and other opioids including 230 a buprenorphine/naloxone combination therapy nausea, vomiting and constipation. The naloxone for addiction involving opioids have found that component of Suboxone serves to reduce the regardless of the dose, buprenorphine is better 232 rewarding effects of opioids and helps to prevent than placebos for ensuring patient retention, the misuse of the medication which can occur if and that higher doses increase the likelihood of Suboxone is crushed and then injected or snorted retention and abstinence relative to lower 223 233 to achieve a high. A randomized, controlled trial found that patients receiving buprenorphine were Buprenorphine must be administered under the significantly likelier to have negative urinalyses 224 supervision of a trained physician. It can be than placebo patients and to report decreased 234 prescribed by physicians who are certified in cravings for opioid drugs. These therapies enhance patients’ in the idea that individuals with addiction often skills in coping with life challenges, navigating feel ambivalent about their substance use and the 244 high-risk situations, avoiding substance use need to change their behaviors. Some therapies focus on enhancing ambivalence and strengthen their commitment to 245 patients’ motivations to change their substance- engage in behavior change. All three groups showed Motivational techniques capitalize on patients’ significant and comparable declines in alcohol use up readiness to stop using addictive substances and to three years later. In § More than 450 individuals with addiction were acute care, motivational therapies are employed randomly assigned to receive three sessions either of early in the treatment process. Since lack of social and family support often is a barrier to treatment enrollment, the support of family members is important in helping Combination therapy is successful for multiple individuals with addiction enter and complete reasons. Studies have found family and modality tends to enhance compliance with the 276 couples therapy to be effective for adolescents other. For example, medication may help and adults, men and women and racial/ethnic patients better tolerate withdrawal symptoms minorities as well as for individuals for whom that otherwise might have discouraged their the primary substances of addiction are alcohol, participation in psychosocial therapy and 270 psychosocial therapy might encourage patients marijuana, opioids or cocaine. Medications used in more effective than individual-based programs conjunction with psychosocial interventions and tends to have higher retention rates than have been found to increase patients’ likelihood 271 of remaining in treatment and maintaining other evidence-based interventions. Smokers of 6–14 cigarettes per day urine tests submitted by patients with addiction probably are moderately dependent and will 290 involving opioids. Another study § doses of modafinil versus a placebo provided found that six months after treatment significantly more clean urine tests (42. One study found that significantly more of their time in treatment abstinent methadone maintenance patients with addiction from alcohol than any of the other study groups. Patients who other carbohydrates which may increase § 302 received this combined therapy provided more serotonin levels. A healthier approach, drug-free urine samples during treatment and according to one theory, suggests that eating achieved a period of continuous abstinence that foods that are rich in the precursors of the was, on average, twice as long as patients with neurotransmitters which are depleted when a addiction involving opioids and cocaine who substance user abstains will reduce cravings for † 296 were in the control conditions. Preliminary those substances and facilitate the treatment 303 evidence also suggests that daily doses of process. This Nutrition and Exercise reinforcement may allow substance users to experience pleasurable effects from exercise A healthy nutrition and exercise regimen can which potentially could reduce their substance- 306 mitigate the symptoms of withdrawal, enhance related cravings. Exercise generally is the effects of evidence-based treatment and help beneficial in reducing symptoms of depression 298 and anxiety that often co-occur with and sustain successful treatment outcomes. Another theory behaviors can share common causes, patients in regarding the utility of exercise in a treatment for addiction involving nicotine, comprehensive treatment program is that as alcohol or other drugs may substitute unhealthy individuals develop a mastery of exercise foods in an attempt to satisfy addictive techniques, they increase their self-efficacy--the 299 belief that one can master new skills--which can cravings. This is particularly evident in the 308 common case of weight gain following smoking be applied to disease management strategies. As such, a comprehensive approach Patients who exercise in group settings also may to addiction treatment includes interventions benefit from social support networks and social aimed at ensuring good nutrition and exercise. Nicotine, alcohol and other drug use also disrupt normal body functioning--resulting in nutritional Exercise moderates the effects of nicotine deficiencies, dehydration or electrolyte withdrawal symptoms including reductions in 310 311 imbalance--and often lead to unhealthy lifestyle cravings, negative mood, sleep disturbances 312 changes such as poor diet and irregular eating and tension. Providing patients in addiction treatment with nutritional programming may likely as those who did not exercise to help them to reverse some of the damage that demonstrate continual abstinence by the end of smoking, drinking and using other drugs can the three-month program, and three and 12 inflict on their bodies. Yet another obvious but rarely considered factor that may Although the reasons are not yet clear, some contribute to relapse risk is that the treatment the individuals may experience one episode in patient received simply was inadequate, either in which their symptoms meet clinical diagnostic terms of the type of intervention provided or the 321 criteria for addiction and be non-symptomatic length or intensity of the treatment. In many cases, however, addiction manifests as a chronic disease--a persistent or Chronic disease management, as it applies to long-lasting illness--which requires ongoing addiction treatment and relapse prevention, 315 seeks to address and prevent those factors that professional treatment and management. This may be due to a preexisting brain dysfunction or increase the likelihood of relapse by ensuring to changes that occur in the brain in response to that treatment delivery is effective and that repeated exposure to addictive substances which personal, psychological and environmental risk increase the vulnerability of the individual to factors for relapse are addressed and 316 322 relapse, even after cessation of substance use. Specifically, physicians supervising addiction treatment should assess All chronic diseases--regardless of whether they the need for chronic disease management and 323 are genetically based, driven by biological or ensure continuing care. Recent research also points to individual differences in treatment and modify clinical interventions 328 brain structure as a risk factor for relapse: accordingly. Collaborating with other health professionals, as -107- needed, physicians should work to educate Case Management patients about the precipitants of cravings and relapse and help them to cope adaptively with Many of the activities involved in chronic the associated psychological and environmental disease management and oversight can be risk factors. Contingency management in the linked to additional support services including form of negative consequences for violating its those that address co-occurring conditions--have terms (e. Long-term abstinence rates and reduced time to monitoring is employed to reduce relapse: when 345 readmission for treatment following relapse. Physicians significantly likelier than patients receiving who relapse tend to improve again after a treatment usual care to return to treatment (55 percent vs. Seventy-one percent of participating Professional case managers can help to navigate physicians retain their medical license and are 341 and coordinate resources within the fragmented employed after five years. The role of the case the general population include high intensity care manager is to link patients to the health and for an extended duration and the inclusion of long- social services appropriate to their specific 342 term monitoring and disease management. A meta-analysis family and peer support and auxiliary services, of case management for patients in treatment for provide educational materials on relapse addiction involving alcohol or drugs other than prevention and promptly intervene in the case of nicotine found that case management can 348 relapse. Monitoring the course of a patient’s improve patients’ family and social 353 treatment and connecting patients with services relationships, living situations and health. In fact, for many people with remained completely abstinent by the end of the addiction, these programs have been the main 354 12-month period (41 percent vs. These programs allow increased to 47 percent while the abstinence rate among non-participants remained relatively individuals with addiction to seek and provide 355 social, emotional and informational support unchanged (24 percent).

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However order 50 mg caverta overnight delivery erectile dysfunction exercise video, Only countries with reasonably complete datasets were included (32 the sources excluded here are much less likely to be afected by the countries for this analysis) order caverta online now erectile dysfunction doctor patient uk, and all countries were weighted equally. Missing values were imputed based on the average of the two adjacent Pharmaceutical management years if the missing data were in the middle of the range; if the data points were at the end Communication and advocacy of the range the value for the most proximate year were used. Data were indexed to the Capacity building year 2004 in each country, then averaged within each year across regions. No donor disbursement data or government with programme implementation such as procurement and distribu- fnancing data were available for countries in the prevention of re- tion costs as well as commodity costs. The amounts per capita increased for countries of all sizes but the gap in funding between Source:Ê ˜ÌiÀ˜>̈œ˜>Ê`ˆÃLÕÀÃi“i˜ÌÊ`>Ì>ÊÜiÀiÊ`iÀˆÛi`ÊvÀœ“ÊÌ iÊ" Ê`>Ì>L>ÃiÊ­Óää{qÊ smaller and more populous countries has not narrowed (Fig. This may be because countries in pre-elim- ination and elimination stages tend to have higher gross national 0. Large increases in donor fnancing therefore do not appear to have resulted in an overall reduction in the amount of domestic fnancing, although countries which had reduced their spending had received more external fnancing than those which increased their domestic spending. However those with smaller populations at risk continued to receive a greater amount of funding per person at risk than did the more populous countries. Outside the African Region the gap in funding between more populous countries and less populous countries has widened. Countries in the pre-elimination and elimination phases appear to spend more per person at risk of malaria than countries in the control phase. This fnding is in line with other analysis which suggests that funding per person at risk will need to expand as countries progress towards elimination (6). While the increased spending is partly due to larger amounts of external fnancing, government fnancing exceeds that of external fnancing in countries in the pre-elimination and elimina- tion stages. For those countries with more than one household survey, undertaken as frequently outside Africa due to the more focalized the results indicate increasing rates of coverage (Fig. This weighted average is lower countries, and previous household surveys as described in the World than might be expected because the most recent surveys for the Malaria Report 2009 and by Flaxman et al. The proportion of children 5 0 sleeping under a net in 2010 was estimated to be 35%, compared to 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 17% in 2007 (Fig. As three countries (Burundi, Central African Republic and Mozambique) did not have sufficient survey information in 2000–2006, prior assumptions were used to estimate coverage. By looking at indicators in combination it is be undertaken every 3 to 5 years so the results available for any possible to see where bottlenecks in achieving effective coverage one country can be several years old. Hence it appears that the first nets are distributed each year (since the average lifespan is the priority would be to assure sufficient numbers of nets so that they same). However, the decay may be more and other vulnerable groups) to seeking coverage for all persons at gradual and continuous than previously thought, and also vary from risk in the population. It is informative to examine to what extent the diferent steps coverage and for planning replacement needs. It is the primary vector control interven- used (approximately 80%) assuming that one net can cover two tion in Botswana, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland people (Fig. In Principe (83%), South Africa (80%), Equatorial Guinea (79%), Ethiopia some cases the percentage of people living in households in which (50%), Gambia (47%), Zambia (43%), Zimbabwe (41%), Mozambique all members sleep under a net exceeds the percentage of house- (36%), Madagascar (34%), Namibia (31%), Botswana (18%) and Rwanda holds with enough nets to cover all occupants. This age distri- bution in use of nets is of concern since persons aged 5–19 are at signifcant risk of malaria, especially in settings where prevention 12 and control eforts have shifted the malaria burden from very young Africa 10 Americas children to the older age groups. There is no diference in usage 0 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 rates between female and male children < 5 years of age (Fig. Model-based estimates tionally safe, environmentally friendly, and efective compared to suggest that there has also been a substantial increase in the percent- other classes of insecticide used in public health. The risk is of particular concern in Africa, where rates of use reported in some surveys are primarily due to a lack of insecticidal vector control is being deployed with unprecedented sufcient nets to cover all household members; household survey levels of coverage and where the burden of malaria is greatest. There is no diference in usage rates between female and male children < 5 years of age (ratio girls:boys = 0. Much of the progress to date has been achieved through mass campaigns and implementa- tion through routine systems such as antenatal care and immuniza- tion programmes. Programmes need to be in place to ensure that those not benefting from the campaigns also have access to nets. Nets ance for health: a systematic synthesis of supply, distribution, delivered in 2006 and 2007 are therefore due for replacement, and and household survey data. Bul- replace these nets will increase the risk of a resurgence of malaria letin of the World Health Organization, 1978; 56: 295–303 cases and deaths. Assessment of insecticide-treated bednet use among children and pregnant women across 15 countries using standardized national surveys. It then reviews the by the South-East Asia Region (41%) and Eastern Mediterranean adoption of policies and implementation of programmes Region (11%). However, these Western Pacific 140 factors do not fully explain the decrease in patients examined by 120 South-East Asia microscopy in some countries, where the data may refect weakening 100 Europe of diagnostic systems or deterioration in reporting. It is highest in the b) Excluding India American and European Regions followed by South-East Asia (Fig. The value for the South-East Asia Region is heavily infuenced by 70 Western Pacific 60 India; if countries other than India are considered then the percent- South-East Asia age of cases tested is lower but does show an increasing trend over 50 40 Europe the past decade, as is also the case for the Eastern Mediterranean and 30 Eastern African Regions. Mediterranean 20 Americas Outside Africa, most countries within each Region are able to 10 provide a diagnostic test for more than 80% of suspected cases (Fig. Of 42 countries in the African Region that reported on testing, the percentage of cases tested was less than 20% in 21 countries. Most countries with 80 South-East Asia high rates of testing have had a policy of confrming every malaria Western Pacific case for several years; some countries have recently expanded the 60 South-East Asia availability of diagnostic testing with some success (Boxes 5. The number of confirmed malaria cases rose from 53 000 in 2007 to 175 000 in 2009 because of the Figure Box 5. The number of recorded deaths from malaria has fallen ranging from very low in the plains along the Mekong River and in from 350 in 2000 to 5 in 2009. Whereas the vast majority used to be diagnosed 100 000 6000 only on a clinical basis (“probable cases”) almost all cases of P. The frst-line treatment represented less 8 African countries delivered sufcient courses to treat 50%–100% than 10% of the drugs dispensed through the private sector (except of cases. Treatment outlets comprise any place where patients seek treatment for malaria such as hospitals, health centres, health posts, pharmacies, shops or kiosks. However, there is a wide use of less effective treatments to which malaria parasites are scatter of points, with most lying below the line that defnes where becoming increasingly resistant. Thus it appears that for many of oral artemisinin monotherapies, thereby delaying the onset of countries the number of children receiving antimalarial medicines is resistance to that drug and preserving its effectiveness. However, whereas almost all cases received the initiative to other malaria-endemic countries is envisaged. The a diagnostic test in Liberia and Rwanda, only 45% did so in United countries participating are Cambodia, Ghana, Kenya, Madagascar, Republic of Tanzania and less than 1% in Chad. It is Uganda (2002), the percentage of children that received an antima- expected that the Board will make this decision in 2012. A central question regarding the utilization of antimalarial those who do not seek treatment in any health facility.

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The rod-shaped outer segments of the rod photoreceptor contain a stack of membrane-bound discs that contain the photosensitive pigment rhodopsin. The cone-shaped outer segments of the cone photoreceptor contain their photosensitive pigments in infoldings of the cell membrane. There are three cone photopigments, called opsins, which are each sensitive to a particular wavelength of light. The pigments in human eyes are specialized in perceiving three different primary colors: red, green, and blue. Rod outer segments are long columnar shapes with stacks of membrane-bound discs that contain the rhodopsin pigment. Cone outer segments are short, tapered shapes with folds of membrane in place of the discs in the rods. A single unit of light is called a photon, which is described in physics as a packet of energy with properties of both a particle and a wave. The energy of a photon is represented by its wavelength, with each wavelength of visible light corresponding to a particular color. Wavelengths of electromagnetic radiation longer than 720 nm fall into the infrared range, whereas wavelengths shorter than 380 nm fall into the ultraviolet range. All other colors fall between red and blue at various points along the wavelength This OpenStax book is available for free at http://cnx. Specifically, photons cause some of the double-bonded carbons within the chain to switch from a cis to a trans conformation. Before interacting with a photon, retinal’s flexible double-bonded carbons are in the cis conformation. A photon interacting with the molecule causes the flexible double-bonded carbons to change to the trans- conformation, forming all-trans-retinal, which has a straight hydrocarbon chain (Figure 14. The G protein changes the membrane potential of the photoreceptor cell, which then releases less neurotransmitter into the outer synaptic layer of the retina. Until the retinal molecule is changed back to the 11-cis-retinal shape, the opsin cannot respond to light energy, which is called bleaching. When a large group of photopigments is bleached, the retina will send information as if opposing visual information is being perceived. The photoisomerization is reversed by a series of enzymatic changes so that the retinal responds to more light energy. The three color opsins have peak sensitivities of 564 nm, 534 nm, and 420 nm corresponding roughly to the primary colors of red, green, and blue (Figure 14. The absorbance of rhodopsin in the rods is much more sensitive than in the cone opsins; specifically, rods are sensitive to vision in low light conditions, and cones are sensitive to brighter conditions. In a darkened 620 Chapter 14 | The Somatic Nervous System room, there is not enough light to activate cone opsins, and vision is entirely dependent on rods. The three types of cone opsins, being sensitive to different wavelengths of light, provide us with color vision. By comparing the activity of the three different cones, the brain can extract color information from visual stimuli. For example, a bright blue light that has a wavelength of approximately 450 nm would activate the “red” cones minimally, the “green” cones marginally, and the “blue” cones predominantly. The relative activation of the three different cones is calculated by the brain, which perceives the color as blue. If you think that you can see colors in the dark, it is most likely because your brain knows what color something is and is relying on that memory. This first fiber in the pathway synapses on a thalamic cell that then projects to the visual cortex in the occipital lobe where “seeing,” or visual perception, takes place. This video gives an abbreviated overview of the visual system by concentrating on the pathway from the eyes to the occipital lobe. The video makes the statement (at 0:45) that “specialized cells in the retina called ganglion cells convert the light rays into electrical signals. Spinal Nerves Generally, spinal nerves contain afferent axons from sensory receptors in the periphery, such as from the skin, mixed with efferent axons travelling to the muscles or other effector organs. The dorsal root contains only the axons of sensory neurons, whereas the ventral roots contain only the axons of the motor neurons. Some of the branches will synapse with local neurons in the dorsal root ganglion, posterior (dorsal) horn, or even the anterior (ventral) horn, at the level of the spinal cord where they enter. Other branches will travel a short distance up or down the spine to interact with neurons at other levels of the spinal cord. A branch may also turn into the posterior (dorsal) column of the white matter to connect with the brain. For the sake of convenience, we will use the terms ventral and dorsal in reference to structures within the spinal cord that are part of these pathways. Typically, spinal nerve systems that connect to the brain are contralateral, in that the right side of the body is connected to the left side of the brain and the left side of the body to the right side of the brain. Cranial Nerves Cranial nerves convey specific sensory information from the head and neck directly to the brain. For sensations below the neck, the right side of the body is connected to the left side of the brain and the left side of the body to the right side of the brain. Whereas spinal information is contralateral, cranial nerve systems are mostly ipsilateral, meaning that a cranial nerve on the right side of the head is connected to the right side of the brain. Some cranial nerves contain only sensory axons, such as the olfactory, optic, and vestibulocochlear nerves. Other cranial nerves contain both sensory and motor axons, including the trigeminal, facial, glossopharyngeal, and vagus nerves (however, the vagus nerve is not associated with the somatic nervous system). A simple case is a reflex caused by a synapse between a dorsal sensory neuron axon and a motor neuron in the ventral horn. More complex arrangements are possible to integrate peripheral sensory information with higher processes. Spinal Cord and Brain Stem A sensory pathway that carries peripheral sensations to the brain is referred to as an ascending pathway, or ascending tract. Tactile and other somatosensory stimuli activate receptors in the skin, muscles, tendons, and joints throughout the entire body.

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The virus was of the H1N1-Type, yet the specific variants of H1 and N1 differed from those which had been around previously. In these young adults, the 1918 H1N1 caused an especially strong inflammatory response; lung alveoli quickly filled with exsudate, causing respiratory failure). Herpes simplex virus first replicates in the epithelial cells of the oral cavity, then infects the afferent neurons of the trigeminal nerve. Cytotoxic T cells quickly eliminate infected epithelial cells in a painful immune reaction, but some viruses go into hiding in the cell bodies of neurons in the trigeminal ganglion. In response to certain changes in exterior conditions, like exposure to sunlight, other infections or hormonal changes, the virus is reactivated by insufficiently understood mechanisms and reinfects the oral epithelium in the form of cold sores. Analogously, another virus from the herpes group, the varicella virus, sometimes causes herpes zoster after years of latency in spinal ganglia. This might be a useful evolutionary compromise, as the effects of an immune attack against neuronal cells might be even less desirable. Intracellularly propagating Listeria, for example, is able to commandeer a host "rocket propulsion system" of polymerizing actin to "shoot" itself into neighboring cells, thereby completely avoiding the threat of antibodies. Antibodies are formed, but the bacteria do not provide their targets at the required density to be attacked efficiently. Mycobacterium tuberculosis developed tools to prevent fusion of phagosomes with lysosomes after being phagocytized by macrophages. Over the past years, advances in immunology have helped to develop novel protein drugs inhibiting only defined sub-functions of the immune system. Yet, increased susceptibility to infections during times of intense stress has been attributed to the measurable concomitant increase in cortisol levels. This is mainly due to the fact that the glucocorticoid receptor, a ligand-activated transcription factor, inhibits expression of several key cytokines, e. In addition, 52 glucocorticoids have complex effects on thymocyte and lymphocyte apoptosis which cannot be described in a few words. Glucocorticoids are an important component of chemotherapy protocols against lymphatic leukemias and lymphomas, in which they frequently promote apoptosis as well. While glucocorticoids are excellent immunosuppressive drugs, prolonged use results in serious side effects: hyperglycemia, hypertension, gastrointestinal ulcers and gastrointestinal bleeding episodes, truncal and facial fat deposition (moon face), osteoporosis and skin fragility. As this antiproliferative effect of sirolimus is not limited to lymphocytes, side effects include anemia, leukopenia, thrombocytopenia, gastrointestinal symptoms and problems with wound healing. For immunosuppression, this type of molecules is dosed lower than for chemotherapy, but the characteristic side effects remain the same, affecting the bone marrow and gastrointestinal tract. This contact is blocked by the antibody, resulting in a marked reduction in clinical relapses and number of demyelinization lesions in 53 treated patients. It seems that this common virus is normally kept in check by the immune system, but in patients treated with Natalizumab in rare cases is able to escape this surveillance. The drugs have to be discontinued in case of infections and may occasionally contribute to a reactivation of granuloma-contained tuberculosis. We have already considered a range of safety precautions: deletion of autoreactive clones early on; the requirement for several, coordinated signals ("release of the safety catch") to activate cells; the induction of peripheral anergy in the absence of costimulation—all this succeeds in preventing unnecessary tissue damage in the vast majority of cases. In spite of all those precautions, it sometimes happens that the immune system damages our own organism. This malfunction of the immune system has to be kept apart from transplant rejection, where the immune system reacts normally, if unwantedly, to a non-physiological situation. The term "allergy" was coined by the Austrian pediatrician Clemens von Pirquet (1906) to indicate an altered reactivity to exogenous substances, as opposed to "normergy", the normal reactivity. While his use of the word included both too much and too little reactivity, today we use the term allergy only in the sense of an (excessive) immune response against exogenous antigens that by themselves would be innocuous. Obviously, such an immune response will not succeed in eliminating the antigen, which is repeatedly resupplied from outside. Unfortunately, our understanding of what causes individuals to suffer from allergy or autoimmunity is woefully inadequate. The importance of genetics results from the fact that many components of the immune system are not identical in all people. While chromosomal regions involved, sometimes even individual genes, have been identified by the association of certain alleles with allergic symptoms, the exact molecular mechanisms causing threshold shifting are mostly unclear. Many genetic loci are known to contribute, for example: • 11q: polymorphisms of the Fcε-receptor β chain. On one end of the spectrum is poison ivy (Toxicodendron radicans), a plant widely disseminated on the North American continent that got its name because its hapten urushiol elicits a severe immune response in almost everyone, independently of genetic background. An example is the observation that populations that are less exposed to certain infectious diseases such as Hepatitis A, tuberculosis and measles seem to be somewhat more likely so suffer from allergies. Coombs (1963) found some order in this chaos by looking at the mechanisms causing the damage, identifying four types of what they called "hypersensitivity". The classification is based on the mechanism leading to tissue damage, not on the cause of the immune reaction. Thus, diseases may be caused by allergy (against exogenous antigens) by autoimmunity (against endogenous antigens) or by collateral damage from otherwise useful immune reactions against pathogens. Type I: Damage from erroneously fighting "parasite mockups" with an IgE-related arsenal The course of events in a type I hypersensitivity reaction, also known as immediate-type or anaphylactic reaction, has already been described in section 2. Repeated encounter with an antigen can lead to sensitization, in this case the activation of B cells and class switching to IgE. On the following encounter with the allergen, IgE bound to Fcε receptors on mast cells are crosslinked by the allergen, leading to mast cell degranulation with secretion of histamine and chemoattractants. The resulting inflammation is initially characterized by histamine-induced hyperemia and edema (redness and swelling), later by a cellular infiltrate accentuated by eosinophils. Mast cells are localized mainly below epithelia that are entry barriers for parasites, such as skin and the mucosa of respiratory and gastrointestinal tracts. Innocuous antigens entering the body via these routes, mostly by inhalation or ingestion, are mistaken for dangerous parasites. Examples for antigens triggering type I reactions: Inhalation allergens: -Pollen from • grasses: timothy, cocksfoot and ryegrass, but also crops like rye • herbs: mugwort, ribwort/plantain, ragweed • trees and shrubs: birch, alder, hazel -Fungal spores: Aspergillus, Alternaria, Cladosporum -Animal antigens: epithelia of cats and dogs, parakeet dung, feathers -House dust mite antigen Today, one of the most common causes of "hay fever" or allergic asthma is the antigen Der p 1 from fecal particles from the house dust mite (Dermatophagoides pteronyssinus).

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