Food Allergy News and Research

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...

Will Oral Food Challenges or Accidental Ingestions Make Your Child's Food Allergy Worse?

If your child accidentally eats the food they avoid, will their food allergy last longer? What about purposely eating the food during an in-office food challenge? Have you avoided in-office food challenges because you’re afraid a reaction will make the allergy worse? A recently published study can put your mind at ease. What the study was about Researchers followed a group of 512 infants allergic to milk and egg . These babies also had a strong likelihood for peanut allergy. The researchers...

Sanofi US Parts Ways with Auvi-Q® Epinephrine Auto-Injectors

Sanofi recalled all Auvi-Q (epinephrine injection, USP) last year . The company issued this statement today. Sanofi US to Return Auvi-Q (epinephrine injection, USP) Rights to kalo Press Release BRIDGEWATER, N.J., Feb. 23, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Sanofi announced today that the license and development agreement between Sanofi and kalo, formerly Intelliject Inc., the developer of Auvi-Q (epinephrine injection, USP), will terminate later this year. At that time, all U.S. and Canadian rights will...

British Airways Sets New Policy for Passengers with Nut Allergies

British Airways is becoming the first major airline with an official policy asking passengers not to eat nuts in flight. The updated allergy-friendly policy took effect February 18, 2016. Passengers can still carry nutty foods and snacks aboard. But they will be asked not to eat them if they are sitting near a person with that allergy during the flight. When a passenger says they have a nut allergy, flight crews will make an announcement, said an airline spokesperson. Crews will make an...

Does Environment Play a Role in the Development of Food Allergy?

A study found that Australian-born children with Asian mothers are more likely to have a nut allergy than Asian-born children who moved to the country. The Murdoch Childrens Research Institute and the University of Melbourne looked at 57,000 five-year olds. Researchers said children born in Asia who migrated to Australia were at a decreased risk for food allergy. They said the study suggests that something about the Asian environment protects against food allergy. The study was published in...

Australia Tennis Match Interrupted by Anaphylaxis

Tennis fans interrupted the Australian Open to save a woman from a severe allergic reaction. Someone in the crowd tossed epinephrine – the first treatment used for anaphylaxis, or a severe allergic reaction – from an upper deck to rush it to her aid. In the U.S., laws to allow access to stock epinephrine in public places, like sports stadiums, are beginning to take shape. New Jersey passed such a law earlier this month. Is your state considering a similar law? Check and take...

Do You Know When and How to Use Epinephrine for Allergy Emergencies?

A recent study asked 859 families about the food allergy care they received from their allergist and pediatrician. Some of the questions were about the way they were treated. Other questions were about the information they were given. The results showed both good news and bad news. Most parents felt very good about their doctors Nearly all said that they were treated with courtesy and respect. They also said that the doctor listened to their questions and concerns. “I was happy to see...

Infant Fed Only Almond Milk Develops Scurvy from Lack of Nutrients

A recent report shows the dangers of feeding infants alternative milks instead of breast milk or formula. Doctors diagnosed an 11-month-old infant with scurvy, according to a report in Medical Daily . The baby boy was breastfed for two months. He developed a skin condition due to suspected milk allergy and his diet was changed to just almond milk. The almond milk caused a lack of nutrition, including vitamin C. The baby had bone fractures and was immobile. Doctors diagnosed him with scurvy.

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