EAACI: Nut allergies are in the focus of allergy research

More than 7,600 attendees were present at the European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (EAACI) Congress, which took place in Barcelona at the beginning of June. It is considered the most important allergy congress, being visited by many internationally renowned scientists and offering ample possibilities for a lively exchange of information. This year, EUROIMMUN […]


MERS outbreak in the Asian Pacific Region

More than one month ago, the Republic of Korea confirmed its first case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) infection. Since then, the number has raised to 180 including 31 deaths (WHO, 26.06.2015). One MERS infection has been reported in China so far. The man has already recovered and will leave the hospital within the


When the skin dissolves

The skin is considered the largest and most versatile organ of the human organism. It hinders pathogens and harmful substances from entering the body, protects our interior from mechanical injuries or hazardous radiation and prevents the body from loosing too much liquid or too many electrolytes. At the same time it regulates the body temperature,


Confusingly similar

This is about two diseases with very similar symptoms, but completely different causes: chikungunya virus infection and rheumatoid arthritis. The chikungunya virus (CHIKV) is transmitted to humans by mosquito bites, particularly from yellow fever mosquito (Aedes aegypti) and the Asian tiger mosquito (Aedes albopictus). These insects may not only transmit CHIKV, but also dengue fever,


Anti-CCP and Anti-CEP-1 ELISA for the diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic inflammatory autoimmune disease which causes severe damage to the joints and leads to serious mobility impairment in the affected persons. RA cannot be cured, but can nowadays be treated, if diagnosed on time. In contrast to rheumatoid factors (RF), antibodies against the so-called citrullinated peptides (anti-citrullinated peptide antibodies, ACPA)

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