Food Allergy News and Research

Peanut Allergy Oral Immunotherapy: Is Earlier Better?

“Peanut allergy can have an adverse impact on quality of life for the child and family. Severe allergic reactions can occur with just a tiny ingestion of peanut allergen. A new NIH study provides encouraging news that children may be successfully treated with OIT for peanut allergy at a very young age.” – Lynda Mitchell, chief operating officer of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America What health issue did the study examine? We currently have no effective means to cure or treat food...

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...

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