Prevention of allergic respiratory disease in infants: current aspects and future perspectives

Patrick Holt, PD Sly

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Abstract

Purpose of reviewPrimary and secondary prevention of severe atopic disease exemplified by atopic asthma represents an increasingly prominent focus of research in paediatric allergy. We review below the rationale for this approach and recent progress in development and testing of a range of potential preventive strategies.Recent findingsThe principal areas reviewed relate to potential and currently available treatments targeting enhancement of overall immune functions, allergen-specific immunomodulation and respiratory viral infections, particularly during early childhood.SummaryThe scientific rationale for prophylaxis of atopic diseases via early intervention strategies targeting young children is increasingly supported by findings from the experimental and clinical literature and significant progress may be expected in the mid-term future.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)547-55
JournalCurrent Opinion in Allergy and Clinical Immunology
Volume7
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2007

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