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iPAC: An initiative to fight the burden of allergies in children

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  • Philippe A. Eigenmann,

    1. Secretary, EAACI-Clemens von Pirquet Foundation, Department of Paediatrics, University Hospital of Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland
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  • M. Antonella Muraro,

    1. Chair, Section on Pediatrics EAACI, Department of Pediatrics, University of Padua, Padua, Italy
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  • Hugh A. Sampson,

    1. President, AAAAI, Division of Allergy and Immunology, Department of Pediatrics, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Elliot and Roslyn Jaffe Food Allergy Institute, New York, NY, USA
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  • U. Wahn

    1. President, EAACI-Clemens von Pirquet Foundation, Department of Pediatric Pneumology and Immunology, University Children’s Hospital Charité of Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany
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  • Conflict of Interest: P. Eigenmann has received funding from Phadia and conference honoraria from Phadia, Nestlé and Mead-Johnson; H.A.S. has acted as a paid consultant to Allergen Therapeutics, LLP; All remaining authors declare no conflict of interests.

Philippe A. Eigenmann, Department of Paediatrics, University Hospital of Geneva, 6 rue Willy-Donze, 1211 Geneva 14, Switzerland
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E-mail: philippe.eigenmann@hcuge.ch

Abstract

Allergies and asthma are common diseases in most parts of the world. Together, they represent a major burden on global health, as well as on health costs. However, efficient preventive measures are still lacking, and treatments are mostly symptomatic. The pathogenesis of the ``allergic marathon'', the progression of the disease throughout childhood into adulthood is only partly understood. In addition, treatment protocols addressing the pathogenesis of the disease are not available to all patients, either due to economical reasons, or to insufficient efficacy or safety of the procedures. This editorial introduces a supplement dedicated to identify directions and means to fight the burden of allergies in childhood. This initiative is coordinated by iPAC (international Pediatric Allergy and Asthma Consortium).

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