The urgency of the issue was demonstrated in when for only the second time in its existence, the U. General Assembly brought a health issue to the floor for consideration: chronic diseases. To date, most considerations of the issue have approached the topic from the vantage point that chronic diseases are a myriad of largely unconnected diseases and conditions arising in diverse tissues, organs and physiological systems. It considers the interconnectivity of chronic diseases with both environmental insult of the immune system and subsequent immune dysfunction and inflammatory dysregulation as the underlying basis for many, if not most, chronic diseases. This change in the perception of environment-immune linkages to chronic disease is significant and has immediate implications both for the prevention of disease as well as for the development of more effective therapeutic approaches. Rather than considering environmental factors and types of reported immune alterations e. Each chapter emphasizes one or more specific immune dysfunction-based chronic disease s or condition s e.
The editors and contributors have created an interesting textbook which, as well as informing the immunotoxicologist, would be at home in the library of a range of institutes investigating any of the many diseases covered.
According to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, up to 1. Lyfebulb and UnitedHealth Group will help raise awareness for the conditions and stimulate user-driven innovation. By linking entrepreneurs with representatives from UnitedHealth Group and Lyfebulb, the partnership will spotlight the entrepreneurs' efforts and ideas, and provide professional discussion, direction and inspiration. The innovation challenge, to take place in the spring and summer ofwill be open to entrepreneurs living with IBD, or who have family members living with IBD, who have founded a company to develop an innovative idea for better management of IBD using pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, medical devices or consumer products. Eligibility criteria and official rules will be announced by Lyfebulb in April.
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