How Your Body Solves The Problem of Pregnancy

  • Do you know the challenge your immune system has to overcome during pregnancy?
  • Do you want to know how your baby is under constant threat from your immune system?
  • Do you want to find out how truly amazing your immune system really is?

Then look no further!


This short book begins by explaining the problem faced by your immune system during your pregnancy, before discussing a number of possible solutions, including the effect pregnancy hormones may have on your immune cells.

Using simple language with no confusing scientific or medical terms, you can understand how your immune system copes with the presence of foreign molecules throughout your pregnancy without attacking your baby. Read on to discover what goes on in your body during pregnancy ‘underneath the surface’.

Author:  Dr Melissa Fletcher
Pregnancy – what’s the problem?
Foetal food – a risky business
Solutions to the problem of pregnancy
Solution 1 – The ever-changing face of MHC molecules
Solution 2 – Immune messengers and how they help during pregnancy
Solution 3 – Specialised cells of the immune system during pregnancy
Solution 4 – Hormones during pregnancy and the immune system
Other undiscovered mechanisms?

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 114 KB
  • Publisher: Honnao (21 Jan 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00B4G5MNO

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Allergy in a Nut Shell

Although allergy to food is a common problem and affects about 1 in 10 infants in Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States, there is still quite a bit of confusion about what the term allergy means, how we get allergic to food and what we can do to prevent it occurring.

The aim of this short book is to explain the basic concepts of food allergy, so that everyone can understand how it occurs, why our body reacts when we have an allergy and discusses some of the advice given for how we can help ourselves and our children to prevent it occurring.

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Table of Contents


Let’s be clear

Food allergy is not

Food allergy is

There are two major types of food allergy

Immediate hypersensitivity reactions

Delayed hypersensitivity reactions

What determines if food allergy is severe?

Primary allergy

Secondary allergy

Why do people get food allergy?


Irregular early food exposures

Late food exposures

Skin damage which might cause food allergy

The type bugs that live in the stomach may determine whether there is food allergy

Why is food allergy more common today?

The Hygiene Hypothesis

Changes in diet and nutrition

Not all food cause allergies

Types of food that cause allergy in UK and US children

Types of food that cause allergy in UK and US adults

How to not develop allergy to food

Avoidance of common food allergens during pregnancy, breastfeeding and youth

Early introduction of common food allergens such as peanut or egg to a child’s diet

Vitamin D

Oily fish

Breast feeding



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Thought For Food

There is such an enormous amount of information about food available to the general public that it would be impossible to summarise or discuss its significance in one book. Instead this book looks at contemporary food issues starting with how modern food is produced/manufactured, then discussing what we should be eating and why we are easting it and ending with what the food does to us once we have consumed it.

Each Chapter is written by an expert in the subject and topics include the origins and progress of scientifically moderated food, how some germs that we eat will keep us healthy, whereas others will kill us, the origins of food allergy, what we should be feeding our children and how our emotions control our eating habits

This is not a book that that will tell you how to live your life or how to eat healthily.

There are no diets or anti-allergy plans.

What we are aiming to do is ask you to take a moment out of your day to give some thought for food you are eating and hopefully provide you with some food for thought. …..

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People, food, health, and technologies               

PART I Food and culture

People and food

Attitudes to food

Early technology and food

Food and language

PART II Winning food

People evolved as hunter-gatherers

Early plant processing technologies and biotechnologies

Hunter-gatherers manage and manipulate plants and animals

The remarkable Kumeyaay people

PART III Creating food

The farming revolution

The creation of domesticated species

Agriculture only developed in a few places and very few plants or animals were ever domesticated

Farming, lifestyles, and human health

PART IV Managing and improving food creation

Crop management

Empirical genetic manipulation for crop improvement

Biotechnologies, ancient and modern

Biotechnology and the 20th century population explosion

PART V Genetic engineering and other 21st century technologies

Biotechnologies for the 21st century – it’s not all about GM!

The importance of context and provenance for biotechnologies

Why were GM crops rejected in Europe?

GM crops: consumer reaction and global impact

Has the impact of GM technology been exaggerated?

Future perspectives



About the Author:  Professor Denis Murphy, BA (Hons), DPhil, FSB

Probiotics and beneficial gut microbes

Introducing probiotics

Bacteria within us

Contribution of gut bacteria to human health

Gut microbes and host nutrition

Beneficial bacteria in food?  Since the days of the cavemen

Beneficial bacteria – discovered, then nearly forgotten… and re-discovered

Health benefits of probiotics – Digestive health

The use of probiotics to reduce or avoid the side-effects of antibiotic treatments

Irritable bowel syndrome

Digestion of food

Inflammatory bowel diseases

Reduction of gut pathogens

Health benefits of probiotics – Immune health

Are all probiotics equal?

Safety of probiotics

Concluding remarks

About the Author:  Dr Sampo Lahtinen, PhD

Food Poisoning in the United Kingdom at the Start of the Twenty first Century

What is Food Poisoning?

Food Poisoning in the UK

The Key Food Safety Challenges


Listeria monocytogenes




Clostridium Perfringens

Top Tips for Avoiding Food Poisoning and Staying Healthy

Finding out more about food poisoning


About the Author:  Dr Christopher Gooding, BSc, PhD

You can wear pink socks to the party, but you can’t bring pink wafers!

Once upon a time

Diet, nutrition and behaviour

School food standards – making the right choice the easy choice?

Packed lunches

Be Label Aware!

The Stats

Good practice in a secondary schools

Moving on

Big Brother

The problem with common sense

What’s it got to do with me?

It’s nothing like smoking! Or “Do as I say, not as I do”

Happily ever after

About the Author:  Jo Smith

Eating the emotion

How we use food to change our mood


In the beginning… we are born hungry, hungry for love, hungry for food



Using a framework to understand emotional eating

Parent ego-state

Adult ego-state

Child ego-state

How do we decide to use food to soothe ourselves?

Some common patterns

What initiates and perpetuates emotional eating?

Why diets alone don’t work

What is the alternative to dieting?

So how can we stop eating our emotions?

Seeking professional help



About the Authors:  Ayse Banbridge and Sonia Di Gennaro

Factors affecting the development of food allergy

What is food allergy?

What illnesses does food allergy cause?

Is food allergy more common than it used to be, or do we just recognise it more often?

If food allergy is getting more common, do we know why this is happening?

Do we know why food allergy occurs in the first place?

OK – well how does our body decide whether or not to make an allergic response to a food that we eat then?

And what sort of things might stop this from working properly?

i. A disturbed gut lining

ii. A highly allergic immune system

iii. Abnormal early food exposures

iv. More complex interactions between the environment and our genetic makeup

So when food allergy does happen, what is the body reacting to?

What determines whether an allergic reaction will be severe and life threatening or not?

So what should I do to prevent my child from developing food allergy

a. Avoidance of common food allergens

b. Early introduction of common food allergens such as peanut or egg to a child’s diet

c. Vitamin supplements

d. Oily fish

e. Probiotics

f. Breast feeding

g. Skin care

h. Other ways of preventing allergy


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Your Immune System and You

When you read articles on how to boost your immune system, do you wonder what it is going on behind the scenes – what you are actually boosting?

• What does your immune system actually do and how does it do it?
• Why should you boost your immune system?

Using non-scientific and non-medical terms, this simple, interesting, jargon-free book explains:-

How your immune system protects you, what happens when the immune system goes wrong and simple (cost-free) ways to help your body fight infections.

Immune diseases such as allergy and diabetes, as well as organ transplantation and cancer, are discussed, plus controversial treatments such as homeopathy.

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Table of Contents



How great your immune system is

  • Natural Surveillance.
  • The Immune System talks to itself.
  • Making Memories.
  • Time to kill
  • How antibodies work.

When the immune system goes wrong.

  • Allergy.
  • What causes the allergy symptoms.
  • Autoimmunity.
  • Transplantation.
  • Preventing rejection.
  • The problems with a bone marrow transplant.

The Immune system and cancer.

  • Cancer therapy effects the immune system drastically.

Boosting the immune system..

  • Don’t worry, be happy.
  • Exercise.
  • Diet.
  • Undernourished people.
  • Excessive food intake.
  • Good Bacteria.
  • Vaccinations.
  • Homeopathy.
  • Be a bit dirty!


This book is part of the Simple explanations for complicated things series which has a Facebook  fan page at

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Cell culture technology: Recent advances and future prospects

Cell culture technology: Recent advances and future prospects




This is a summary of the  Euroscicon event which took place in London on the 9th of March 2012 in London.

The meeting was chaired by Dr John Davis, Chairman of the UK Branch of the European Society for Animal Cell Technology.

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Table of Contents



Polymeric matrix construction.

Potential clinical use of human embryonic stem cells.


Methods to measure autophagy in vitro.

Recent advances in photoporation technology for cell injection and transfection.


Single use bioreactor for clinical-grade production of stem cells.

Automated Approaches to the Optimisation of Stem Cell Expansion and Differentiation.

The importance of culture medium standardization: A case study of DMEM / F12 production.

Remodelling of mRNA translation in the cold during mammalian cell bioprocessing.



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