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stress VS allergies

Spikes in stress, cause spikes in allergies

A research team discovered a direct link between higher presence of corticotropin-releasing stress hormone and increased degranulation mast cells (the main actor in immediate allergic reactions). Through their research using nasal polyp organ culture and mouse models, they also found also promising therapeutic pathways for stress-aggravated, MC-dependent mucosal inflammation, namely, nasal allergy.

Reference: Mika Yamanaka-Takaichi, Yukari Mizukami, Koji Sugawara, Kishiko Sunami, Yuichi Teranishi, Yukimi Kira, Ralf Paus, Daisuke Tsuruta. Stress and Nasal Allergy: Corticotropin-Releasing Hormone Stimulates Mast Cell Degranulation and Proliferation in Human Nasal Mucosa. International Journal of Molecular Sciences, 2021; 22 (5): 2773 DOI: 10.3390/ijms22052773

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Hippo & Materialise join forces to save 6-month old child

Highly personalised technology, because every single life counts

A six-month old boy was fighting for his life at the intensive care of the University Hospital of Leuven, battling tracheal stenosis. Regular tracheostomy tubes could not completely bridge the scar tissue thus dangerously narrowing the trachea so air could hardly pass through. To aid in this life-threatening situation, experienced engineers of HippoCreates designed custom tracheal canulas that were longer than regular ones, crossing over the scar tissue.
Thanks to the skilled 3D-printing techniques of Materialise , the canulas were at the disposal of the medical personnel on the intensive care, the next day.

This swift action was only possible through excellent communication from doctors at UZ Leuven and the engineers of Materialise and HippoCreates.
That's what we call team-work. Because all lives matter!

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Valentine allergies pollen
climate change worsening pollen season

All I want for Valentine are tissues

New Study shows that pollen season in USA is starting 20 days earlier since 1990, aligning the start date with Valentines day

A staggering 21% higher pollen loads and a pollen season that is starting 20 days earlier. Changes in climate and degrading air quality are the main cause for worsening pollen seasons all across the United States and Canada over the last 40 years. Assistant Professor in Biology, William Anderegg, could make this conclusion after analysing a continental-scale dataset of long-term pollen records from 60 North American cities over the 1990–2018 period.
His research article was published this month in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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Smart Hub Vlaams-Brabant awards subsidy of €149.677 to S.P.A.T. project

Local innovation booster "Smart Hub Vlaams-Brabant" allocates this grant to boost innovation in the region and to get local companies to join forces in all levels of development.
We are immensely grateful to have given this opportunity and this strengthens our belief even more that working together with local world authorities in their domain is the way to achieve long-term, sustainable innovation.
More news in the months to come!

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