Margitta Worm

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Anaphylaxis is a clinical emergency, and all healthcare professionals should be familiar with its recognition and acute and ongoing management. These guidelines have been prepared by the European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (EAACI) Taskforce on Anaphylaxis. They aim to provide evidence-based recommendations for the recognition, risk factor(More)
BACKGROUND Sublingual immunotherapy is well tolerated and data suggest its effectiveness for the treatment of allergic rhinitis in adults, but it lacks optimum dose definition. OBJECTIVE To assess the efficacy, safety, and optimal dose of grass pollen tablets for immunotherapy of patients with allergic rhinoconjunctivitis. METHODS In this multinational,(More)
Food allergy can result in considerable morbidity, impact negatively on quality of life, and prove costly in terms of medical care. These guidelines have been prepared by the European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology's (EAACI) Guidelines for Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Group, building on previous EAACI position papers on adverse reaction to foods(More)
The direct assessment of T helper (TH)-cell responses specific for antigens is essential to evaluate pathogenic and protective immunity. Presently, analysis and isolation of antigen-specific TH cells is restricted to cells that produce cytokines, or can be performed only with a rare selection of specific peptide major histocompatibility complex class II(More)
ICON: Anaphylaxis provides a unique perspective on the principal evidence-based anaphylaxis guidelines developed and published independently from 2010 through 2014 by four allergy/immunology organizations. These guidelines concur with regard to the clinical features that indicate a likely diagnosis of anaphylaxis -- a life-threatening generalized or(More)
A number of studies have shown gender differences in the prevalence of wheeze and asthma. The aim of this review was to examine published results on gender differences in childhood and adolescent asthma incidence and prevalence, define current concepts and to identify new research needs. A Medline search was performed with the search words (gender OR sex)(More)
BACKGROUND Previous studies have shown a 10-fold discrepancy of self-reported food-induced symptoms and physician-diagnosed food hypersensitivity. Little information is available on the prevalence of food hypersensitivity in unselected paediatric populations. No data were available for German children. OBJECTIVE To study the perception of food-induced(More)
BACKGROUND Childhood eczema often precedes the development of asthma and allergic rhinitis in the so-called atopic march. Recently, 2 loss-of-function mutations in the gene encoding the epidermal barrier protein filaggrin were reported to be predisposing factors for eczema and concomitant asthma, suggesting a possible role in disease transition. OBJECTIVE(More)
Normal melanocytes require a number of exogenous growth factors in contrast to most metastatic malignant melanomas. This investigation demonstrates that endogenously produced human IL-8 can act as an important growth factor for human melanoma cells. In the present study, six out of eight human melanoma cell lines tested secrete IL-8 protein into the culture(More)
In less than half a century, allergy, originally perceived as a rare disease, has become a major public health threat, today affecting the lives of more than 60 million people in Europe, and probably close to one billion worldwide, thereby heavily impacting the budgets of public health systems. More disturbingly, its prevalence and impact are on the rise, a(More)