Food Allergy News and Research

FDA Fast Tracks Designation for Viaskin Milk for the Treatment of Cow’s Milk Protein Allergy

Kids With Food Allergies is sharing this press release from DBV Technologies . This is not an endorsement of the content contained in the press release. Speak with your physician if you have any questions. [PRESS RELEASE] Wednesday, September 21, 2016 DBV Technologies Receives FDA Fast Track Designation for Viaskin Milk for the Treatment of Cow’s Milk Protein Allergy DBV first to announce Fast Track designation for IgE-mediated CMPA; Viaskin Milk is currently being investigated in a Phase...

Milk Protein: The New Biodegradable Plastic for Food?

The USDA is researching edible food coverings made from milk protein. What will that mean if you are allergic to milk? Kids With Food Allergies asked the scientist in charge of the project that question. Early news reports hinted that the edible food covering might cover bread, meat and other foods. That’s not the case, said Dr. Peggy Tomasula, the USDA researcher. She said the intent is to create a product that would only be used on dairy-containing foods. The edible dairy-based wraps would...

What Are Your Options for Epinephrine Auto-Injectors?

Epinephrine is a lifesaving medicine for people with severe allergies. It’s awful to think that some Americans have to choose between putting food on the table and putting an epinephrine auto-injector in their child’s backpack. It is important to discuss with your physician about what is the most appropriate prescription for your family. You may also need to find out which options your insurance provider prefers. This will affect your out-of-pocket costs. Each device has its own unique set...

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...

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