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Probiotics and food allergy

Overview of attention for article published in Italian Journal of Pediatrics, July 2013
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12 tweeters
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Probiotics and food allergy
Published in
Italian Journal of Pediatrics, July 2013
DOI 10.1186/1824-7288-39-47
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Anna Maria Castellazzi, Chiara Valsecchi, Silvia Caimmi, Amelia Licari, Alessia Marseglia, Maria Chiara Leoni, Davide Caimmi, Michele Miraglia del Giudice, Salvatore Leonardi, Mario La Rosa, Gian Luigi Marseglia


The exact prevalence of food allergy in the general population is unknown, but almost 12% of pediatric population refers a suspicion of food allergy. IgE mediated reactions to food are actually the best-characterized types of allergy, and they might be particularly harmful especially in children. According to the "hygiene hypothesis" low or no exposure to exogenous antigens in early life may increase the risk of allergic diseases by both delaying the development of the immune tolerance and limiting the Th2/Th1 switch. The critical role of intestinal microbiota in the development of immune tolerance improved recently the interest on probiotics, prebiotics, antioxidants, polyunsaturated fatty acid, folate and vitamins, which seem to have positive effects on the immune functions.Probiotics consist in bacteria or yeast, able to re-colonize and restore microflora symbiosis in intestinal tract. One of the most important characteristics of probiotics is their safety for human health. Thanks to their ability to adhere to intestinal epithelial cells and to modulate and stabilize the composition of gut microflora, probiotics bacteria may play an important role in the regulation of intestinal and systemic immunity. They actually seem capable of restoring the intestinal microbic equilibrium and modulating the activation of immune cells.Several studies have been recently conducted on the role of probiotics in preventing and/or treating allergic disorders, but the results are often quite contradictory, probably because of the heterogeneity of strains, the duration of therapy and the doses administered to patients. Therefore, new studies are needed in order to clarify the functions and the utility of probiotics in food allergies and ion other types of allergic disorders.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Netherlands 2 1%
Chile 1 <1%
Portugal 1 <1%
Brazil 1 <1%
Unknown 148 97%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Bachelor 38 25%
Student > Master 25 16%
Student > Ph. D. Student 15 10%
Researcher 12 8%
Other 12 8%
Other 26 17%
Unknown 25 16%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 40 26%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 34 22%
Nursing and Health Professions 15 10%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 7 5%
Immunology and Microbiology 6 4%
Other 20 13%
Unknown 31 20%

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This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 12. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 15 August 2021.
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