Food Allergy News and Research

Four Moms Show Power of Getting Involved in Food Allergy Research

In 2015, long-time friends and Kids With Food Allergies members Eleanor (Ellie) Chu and Dr. Karen Nanji met Lesley Solomon and Dr. Christine Olsen. Since teaming up, these women have proved that determined family members can play a huge role in food allergy research. They've raised $10 million and enlisted top researchers to launch the Food Allergy Science Initiative (FASI). Through FASI, researchers will work to answer key questions about the science of food allergy. The goal is to enable...

FDA Updates Instructions for EpiPens and Other Epinephrine Auto-Injectors

The FDA announced changes to the labeling for epinephrine auto-injectors to help patients and caregivers use the medication appropriately in the event of anaphylaxis (anna-fih-LACK-sis). Anaphylaxis is a serious allergic reaction. Epinephrine is always the first treatment for serious allergic reactions . For all epinephrine auto-injectors: Hold the patient's leg and keep the leg steady while you inject the epinephrine This will help prevent the needles from cutting the thigh or becoming...

Victory for Food Allergy Community: Justice Department Sides with Kids in Discrimination Case

In a huge victory for families with food allergies, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) ruled that a theater program violated the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The DOJ said the program discriminated when it refused to accommodate a 10-year-old boy with severe peanut and tree nut allergies. The program refused to have either a staff member or volunteer available at all times to give epinephrine in case of emergency. The DOJ also ruled the Massachusetts program retaliated when it...

U.S. Updating Rules for Food Manufacturers With Food Allergies in Mind

Have you read about changes to U.S. food manufacturing practices? Are you confused? In this post, we explain some of the changes and what it means if you have food allergies. What Are Good Manufacturing Practices? The U.S. has rules that establish “Good Manufacturing Practices” (GMP) for food manufacturers to follow. These practices help to lessen the risk of danger to the public. They require manufacturers to follow good food hygiene and handling methods. Most facilities that manufacture...

Family Sues Panera After Child Has Allergic Reaction to Cheese Sandwich

A family of a girl allergic to peanuts says a sandwich chain was negligent in making a grilled cheese sandwich, the Boston Globe reported Monday . The family sued Panera and a group of Panera franchises in New England. The little girl went to the hospital in the incident. A picture from the family shows a large dollop of peanut butter in the middle of the grilled cheese sandwich. Attorneys Mary Vargas and Laurel Francoeur filed the lawsuit last week in Massachusetts. According to the...

Idaho Mom Gets Law Passed Allowing Pharmacists to Prescribe Epinephrine

Idaho is about to have one of the most expansive "stock epinephrine" laws in the country. It was the advocacy efforts of a determined mom and others who made it happen. The Idaho law allows pharmacists to prescribe epinephrine (as a doctor does) directly to people at risk for anaphylaxis. Pharmacists can also prescribe it to those who may care for, or have contact with, people at risk for severe reactions.

Experts Consider Changes to Infant Feeding Guidelines to Prevent Food Allergies

Have your say in the future of food allergy recommendations! The National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) is seeking public comment on changes to guidelines for the diagnosis and management of food allergy. Federal health officials want to know what you think about three recommendations regarding the early introduction of peanuts to babies: High-risk infants begin eating peanut-containing food as early as 4-6 months. Infants are considered at risk if they have severe...

Infants and Toddlers Require Special Attention with Epinephrine Autoinjectors

Press Release: Contact: Melissa Graham mgraham@aaaai.org (414) 272-6071 Onsite Press Room (March 4-7): (213) 743-6242 INFANTS AND TODDLERS REQUIRE SPECIAL ATTENTION WITH EPINEPHRINE AUTOINJECTORS Researchers at AAAAI Annual Meeting Believe Needles May Be Too Long for Standard Care Los Angeles, CA – What is the optimal needle length for infants and toddlers who need epinephrine? Researchers from Western University Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry in London, Ontario, asked this...

What Happens to Food Allergies After Treatment with Oral Immunotherapy?

Press Release Contact: mgraham@aaaai.org (414) 272-6071 Onsite Press Room (March 4-7): (213) 743-6242 WHAT HAPPENS TO FOOD ALLERGIES AFTER TREATMENT WITH ORAL IMMUNOTHERAPY? Research at AAAAI Annual Meeting shows many patients adhere to home dosing Los Angeles, CA – Researchers from Stanford University are reporting essential, long-term follow-up data for patients who achieved food allergy desensitization through multiple oral immunotherapy (OIT) protocols. During OIT, the patient consumes...

How Much Peanut Protein Can Be Found on Everyday Surfaces?

Press Release Contact: Melissa Graham mgraham@aaaai.org (414) 272-6071 Onsite Press Room (March 4-7): (213) 743-6242 HOW MUCH PEANUT PROTEIN CAN BE FOUND ON EVERYDAY SURFACES? Researchers Present Air and Surface Quantifications at AAAAI Annual Meeting Los Angeles, CA – For families managing food allergies, like peanut allergies, food avoidance is key. Researchers from Mayo Clinic in Rochester, however, wondered how much peanut exposure occurs in common environments like restaurants and...

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