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Some children seem to have different types of infections more often than others. Infections such as repeated pneumonia or repeated ear infections. These children may have a defect in unity. There are many children in any pediatric population who tend to have repeated infections and only a small proportion of these children do we really know what the cause or the underlying predisposing cause is leading to this is that ability is in our laboratory we have in recent years been interested in finding more precise ways of identifying underlying congenital or acquired effects that would lead to a predisposition to infection. In a moment Dr. Rebecca Buckley talks about the defects and immunity which certain children seem to have. Challenges in education presented by Duke University.
Here with today's feature is Charles Prasad. Specialists now suspect that some children have an immunologic weekdays that is they may not develop an immunity to various germs. Researchers working on the problem are hoping to find more accurate ways of identifying these defects. Dr. Rebecca Buckley assistant professor of pediatrics and associate in immunology at the Duke Medical Center talks about her work. We have developed a more precise method of studying certain fractions of the serum which we can identify the antibody fractions or the fractions that carry the factors that are responsible for a large part of a person's immunity. By measuring these various fractions and. Quantitative and then a very accurate way we have been able to identify the effects and the
normal quantity of these factors. We have been able to show that perhaps defects and immunity are somewhat more common than was formerly thought. Can the defect in reality be inherited in a number of the children that we have studied and found deviations from the norm and we have also studied the relatives of these children and found that there are certainly suggestive defects and immunity in certain of these relatives. We are pursuing these studies because it may happen that if we can detect certain characteristics in the WOD serum of the family members of children with unusual susceptibility to infection that these characteristics can then identify a person who might be a maybe a carrier of this trait. What types of treatment exist for these children.
Again here is Dr. Buckley or one of the major problems is that there is only one known. Active therapy for children with a man logic defects at the present time and that is the administration of human gamma globulin fraction. This their army does not work in many instances and in addition there are disadvantages to our use of this material and conditions when it is absolutely necessary to use it. Dr Buckley indicates that another type of therapy may be possible sometime in the future. One hopeful outcome of a study such as this would be the identification of specific tissue deficiencies or organ deficiencies that are associated with the immunologic deficiency. If these can be identified then future treatment may also include possible replacement of these defective tissues or
organs with normal tissues or organs. A member of a family who is genetically very similar to this person defects in immunity a problem that is challenging our medical researchers. This is Charles Brown's role with challenges in education from Duke University. This program was distributed by the national educational radio network.
Challenges in education
Chronic infections in children
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Program number 136 talks about children who endure repeated infections.
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This series presents problems facing educators today.
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Host: Braswell, Charles
Interviewee: Buckley, Rebecca H.
Producing Organization: Duke University
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Identifier: 61-35i-136 (National Association of Educational Broadcasters)
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