Pediatric Allergies and the Allergic March
Pediatric allergies are an emerging epidemic, affecting the health of millions of children. Every two minutes, a food allergy reaction sends someone to the emergency room and there has been a 91% increase in the number of children who suffer from food allergies over the last 10 years.
If a child develops eczema as a baby, they are more likely to develop food allergies and asthma as they grow. Forty percent of children with eczema develop food allergies and 20 percent have both eczema and asthma. These three conditions: eczema, allergies and asthma, are all connected in a process called the allergic march, where one condition marches, or leads, to the other. There are currently no treatments to interrupt the allergic march or prevent development of any of aforementioned conditions.
At National Jewish Health, we believe methods to prevent the allergic march and many allergy-related skin, food and respiratory conditions are within reach. Since the late 1960’s we have been home to one of the leading allergy-immunology programs in the United States, conducting leading-edge research to determine the causes and develop increasingly more effective treatments for individuals living with allergic diseases.
A Leader in Asthma Research and Care
Millions of people do not have their asthma under control, and it can lead to hospitalization and even death. National Jewish Health is the destination in the United States where physicians refer the most difficult cases. We have pioneered asthma research and treatment since it first emerged as a public health threat in the 1950s, and are uniquely positioned to work towards a cure for the different types of severe asthma. Today, National Jewish Health physician-scientists are on the cutting edge of asthma research – studying the disease from all angles to improve understanding and, through precision medicine, develop new, personalized treatments for this complex and often devastating disease.
Along with curing severe asthma, and preventing childhood allergies, National Jewish Health is working to stop the progression of COPD, and repair and regenerate damaged lungs. These are just a few of the “Big Ideas” that, our physician-scientists are tackling to improve the lives of millions living with these conditions.