New Proof for Pre-birth Programming of Food Allergies

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*Australian research shows environmental factors prior to birth influence later susceptibility to food allergies

*Pre-birth environmental factors may induce changes in genetic material

*Food allergies in first 12 months after birth “programmed” at fetal stage

*“Early origins of allergy” one of many key topics at Congress

*World's largest congress on allergy with over 8,000 delegates from over 100 countries to present new ways of treating allergies

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Among the many new findings presented at the EAACI-WAO World Allergy and Asthma Congress 2013 in Milan from June 22-26, 2013 will be new Australian research providing proof for pre-birth programming of food allergies, showing that prenatal environmental factors may already determine predispositions for food allergies rather than only genetic factors. The study shows that babies can be born with a tendency to develop food allergies due to environmental factors during pregnancy.

Finding answers to the growing global health challenge of allergies is the objective of the World’s largest congress on allergy and immunology. The congress is jointly hosted by the European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (EAACI) and the World Allergy Organization (WAO).

Over 8,000 delegates from more than 100 countries are expected to join the EAACI-WAO World Allergy and Asthma Congress 2013 to present and discuss the latest advances in the field of allergy and clinical immunology, making it the leading medical congress on allergy and immunology globally. Ground-breaking research will be presented with the goals of: reducing the impact of allergy by early detection, finding ways of preventing, and improving the treatment of the growing number of patients.

Early origins of allergy will be a key topic during the EAACI-WAO World Allergy and Asthma Congress 2013 as well as biomarkers of allergy and asthma and clinical progress in immunology.