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Australia: anaphylaxis admissions up 50% in 14 years, and rising

Discussion in 'Other Health News and Research' started by sarah darwins, Jul 20, 2015.

  1. sarah darwins

    sarah darwins I told you I was ill

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    Source: http://www.theguardian.com/society/...-life-threatening-allergic-reactions-up-by-50

    So, what does it take to convince the human race that something appears to be up, immune-wise?
     
  2. msf

    msf Senior Member

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    I think the death rate would be a better indication, this could just be because of increased awareness.
     
  3. A.B.

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    Anaphylaxis is hard to miss.
     
  4. msf

    msf Senior Member

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    Is it black and white though? I've had facial swelling, increased heart rate and feeling of impending doom, but not the closing of the airways. I wasn't taken to hospital in the end, but in other countries I guess I might have been.
     
  5. sarah darwins

    sarah darwins I told you I was ill

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    I don't think there's much argument about whether allergy rates are increasing. Many and varied studies have found the same thing. The question for me is what are we doing about it? And the answer to that is "not much".

    The amount of research is pitiful in light of the potential significance of the problem. We hominids have spent 6 or 7 million years evolving a highly tuned autoimmune system. Suddenly it seems to be misfiring quite badly. I feel we should be doing rather more to figure out why.
     
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  6. msf

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    I haven't seen those studies. I think part of it may be from an increase in allergies, but I think a significant part will be a result of increased awareness. I read that peanut allergy was first described in 1988. EBV was first described in 1969. I am sure both have been present in human populations for much longer than that.
     
  7. sarah darwins

    sarah darwins I told you I was ill

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    I've seen a lot, but it's not much use to you because of course I can't remember where or when! :bang-head:

    I keep thinking I must start being a bit more organised with bookmarks etc. But then, I've been thinking that for about 20 years.
     
  8. msf

    msf Senior Member

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    Well, don't worry, I could find out for myself if I wasn't lazy.
     
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