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Finnish Scientists Announce a Possible Universal Allergy Vaccine

May 31, 2012
"We believe that curing allergies is about changing or modifying the genetic structure of the allergen molecules inside of your body, so we want to eliminate the cause of the allergy, instead of removing symptoms.”
- Professor Juhu Rouvinen

Scientists at the University of Eastern Finland say they hope to have an allergy vaccine for everything - from pollen to cat hair - in five to seven years.

Let’s start with some numbers. In the United States, 65 million people have some type of allergy. In Europe, that number goes up to 87 million. Fifty six percent are allergic to grasses in the US versus 52% in Europe. Cat allergies are 39% in the US and 30% in Europe and food allergies are 10% in the US and 11 % in Europe.

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