Commonwealth National Podcast

Chronic Disease and Microbial Pathogenesis (4/21/09)

Homer Boushey, Chief, Division of Allergy & Immunology, UCSF

Why have we seen an explosion in chronic diseases, like asthma, since 1950? Could changes in microbial exposure during infancy in the modern environment alter the development of immune functions, predisposing us to disease? Boushey will discuss our understanding of asthma, how it has evolved, and how its study may lead to insights into other chronic diseases. He will highlight what baby boomers can do to reduce the likelihood of their grandchildren developing asthma or other chronic illness. He will also discuss how study of our microbial environment may suggest new strategies for primary prevention of many chronic illnesses that burden our health-care systems.

This program was recorded in front of a live audience at the Commonwealth Club of California on April 21, 2009.

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