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    DescriptionFrom asthma to Crohn's disease, everyone knows someone who suffers from an allergic or autoimmune disorder. And if it appears that the prevalence of these maladies has increased recently, that's because it has--to levels never before seen in human history. These days no fewer than one in five--and likely more--Americans suffers from one of these ailments. We seem newly, and bafflingly, vulnerable to immune system malfunction. Why? One possibility is that we have systematically cleaned ourselves to illness; this belief challenges deeply entrenched notions about the value of societal hygiene and the harmful nature of microbes. Yet scientists investigating the rampant immune dysfunction in the developed world have inevitably arrived at this conclusion. To address this global "epidemic of absence," they must restore the human ecosystem. This groundbreaking book explores the promising but controversial "worm therapy"--deliberate infection with parasitic worms--in development to treat autoimmune disease. It explains why farmers' children so rarely get hay fever, why allergy is less prevalent in former Eastern Bloc countries, and how one cancer-causing bacterium may be good for us. It probes the link between autism and a dysfunctional immune system. It investigates the newly apparent fetal origins of allergic disease--that a mother's inflammatory response imprints on her unborn child, tipping the scales toward allergy. "An Epidemic of Absence" is a brilliant, cutting-edge exploration of the dramatic rise of allergic and autoimmune diseases and the controversial, potentially groundbreaking therapies that scientists are developing to correct these disorders.

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    An Epidemic of Absence
    A New Way of Understanding Allergies and Autoimmune Diseases
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Moises Velasquez-manoff
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 397
    Width: 155 mm
    Height: 234 mm
    Thickness: 28 mm
    Weight: 522 g
    ISBN 13: 9781439199398
    ISBN 10: 1439199396

    BIC E4L: HEA
    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S6.2
    Ingram Subject Code: PI
    Libri: I-PI
    B&T Merchandise Category: SCI
    B&T General Subject: 710
    BIC subject category V2: PSG
    BISAC V2.8: SCI045000, BIO017000
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 26920
    BISAC V2.8: MED044000
    BIC subject category V2: MJCM, PSC
    DC21: 616.978
    DC22: 616.97
    B&T Approval Code: M60800000
    DC22: 616.978
    B&T Approval Code: G65360000
    BISAC V2.8: SCI072000
    LC subject heading: , ,
    Thema V1.0: PSG, PSC, MJCM
    LC classification: QR181.7 .V45 2013
    Edition statement
    Imprint name
    Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
    Publication date
    01 October 2013
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Review quote
    "A reportorial journey into a frontier of science and health."