Allergy is a hypersensitive disorder of the immune system. Allergic reactions occur to normally harmless environmental substances known as allergens; these reactions are acquired, predictable, and rapid. Strictly, allergy is one of four forms of hypersensitivity and is called type I (or immediate) hypersensitivity. It is characterized by excessive activation of certain white blood cells called mast cells and basophils by a type of antibody known as IgE, resulting in an extreme inflammatory response. Common allergic reactions include eczema, hives, hay fever,asthma attacks, food allergies, and reactions to the venom of stinging insects such as waspsand bees.

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An airplane carrying American doctor Kent Brantly who has the Ebola virus, arrives at Dobbins Air Reserve Base in Marietta, Georgia on Aug. 2, 2014. The same plane is now carrying the second Ebola patient Nancy Writebol.
American Doctor Dr Kent Brantly Survives Deadly Ebola, Released from Hospital, Sent Home

By IBTimes AU

The experimental drug ZMapp to counter the deadly Ebola virus seemed to be working. Its first human recipients, American missionaries Dr Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol, have been discharged by Emory University Hospital. Both have been declared as virus-free, safe for release and ok to go home. (Aug 22)

MORE TOPICS: INFECTION

The Bachelor Australia Season 2 Episode 3: Verbal Fight, Unforgettable Date and One Exit [RECAP]

By IBTimes AU

The third episode of “The Bachelor Australia” Season 2 was high on drama, with Laurina finding herself isolated and involved in two verbal fights. The episode began on a romantic note and towards the end, things turned ugly. (Aug 07)

MORE TOPICS: AUSTRALIA

Health workers carry the body of an Ebola virus victim in Kenema, Sierra Leone
FDA Authorises Use of Ebola Virus Test; Experimental Drug Tested on Monkeys Yields 'Promising Results'

By IBTimes AU

The United States' Food and Drug Administration has authorised the unapproved Ebola virus test for use to detect the deadly virus under a special emergency-use provision. According to reports, an official Ebola virus vaccine may be take a long time with results more likely in 2015. (Aug 07)

An airplane carrying American doctor Kent Brantly who has the Ebola virus, arrives at Dobbins Air Reserve Base in Marietta, Georgia on Aug. 2, 2014. The same plane is now carrying the second Ebola patient Nancy Writebol.
New Ebola Drug Made From Tobacco Plants Saves Lives of Two US Aid Workers

By IBTimes AU

New Ebola Drug Made From Tobacco Plants Saves Lives of Two US Aid Workers. (Aug 06)

MORE TOPICS: ARIZONA, INFECTION

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Nickel In iPad and Other Devices Can Cause Rash - Report Says

By IBTimes AU

According to a report in the Monday's Pediatrics, an Apple iPad caused a body rash in an 11-year-old boy who was treated at Rady Children's Hospital in San Diego Hospital. This led to a large number of reports in medical journals that detailed the effects of nickel on the body. (Jul 15)

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A woman hugs her baby at California Institute for Women state prison in Chino, California May 5, 2012.
Caesarean Babies Tend to Have Weaker Immunity

By IBTimes AU

According to a recent finding, caesarean babies tend to have weaker immunity. (Jul 11)

HIV Cure: Babies Lack of Memory T-Cells Make Virus Unable to Hide from Antiretroviral Drugs

By IBTimes AU

New trial is set to be launched soon to treat more than 400 AIDS-infected babies to determine if infants are easily cured from HIV compared to adults. According to NIAID, the lack of memory T-cells in babies can make the virus vulnerable against drugs due to lack of reservoirs. (Jun 18)

MORE TOPICS: AIDS, INFECTION

Beyonce & Jay Z Reports: Rapper’s ’99 Problems’ Excerpt [VIDEO]

By IBTimes AU

Also known as Shawn Corey Carter and one of the world's best-selling artists of all time, Jay Z is multi-awarded rapper, entrepreneur and producer whose very name demands respect to all his colleagues in the industry. (Jun 11)

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Truvada Pill an HIV Cure? CDC Recommends Prevention Pill For High-Risk Cases

By IBTimes AU

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has new guidelines that urge high-risk individuals to take pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) or anti-HIV medicines to decrease the chances of transmission. (May 21)

MORE TOPICS: AIDS, AIDS, INFECTION

Bureau Reveals Rising 'Peanut Allergy or Intolerance' Especially Among Boys

By IBTimes AU

The Australian Bureau of Statistics has released new figures indicating boys have a higher risk of developing an allergy to peanuts as compared to girls. (May 19)

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