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Welcome to the Allergy Advocacy Association website.  We are here to help better serve any individuals concerned with issues relating to allergies and anaphylaxis.

Emergency Allergy Treatment Act Passes NYS legislature

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We are very happy to report that on June 3, 2016 the New York State Legislature passed the Emergency Allergy Treatment Act that allows public venues to stock and administer epinephrine in an emergency....

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Allergies come in all shapes and sizes ...

Just like allergy sufferers. And they are on the rise. For many people allergies can range from sniffling and sneezing to skin rashes to gastrointestinal issues. A certain percentage, however, have more than these uncomfortable symptoms to deal with. Anaphylaxis, a serious life-threatening reaction, causes approximately 1,500 deaths a year in the United States alone. Clearly, allergies are nothing to sneeze at!

Articles for Advocacy

Nebraska Boy Eats His First Peanut Thanks to OIT

Perry and Jennifer Haralson were determined to find a solution to their son Nicaiden’s peanut allergy rather than just avoidance. Having heard about oral immunotherapy (OIT), they traveled from Lincoln, Nebraska to Kansas City, Missouri to find a doctor with expertise in this technique that is still considered experimental. Remember, don’t try this at home without the full participation of your allergist!

The Long Road to His First Peanut

Nicadan Haralson
Nicadan Haralson, 10, considers a peanut before eating it at his home in southeast Lincoln, Neb.
(KRISTEN STREFF / JOURNAL STAR)

By CORY MATTESON
Lincoln Journal Star
May 27th, 2016

On May 23, in the kind of measuring cup that comes atop a common cough syrup bottle, Dr. Zachary Jacobs handed a boy who traveled from Lincoln to his Kansas City office a single, unsalted peanut.

“Any last words before you eat your first peanut?” Perry Haralson asked his 10-year-old son, Nicaiden.

He shook his head no, smiled for a quick picture from his mom and placed the food that could cause him to go into anaphylactic shock and kill him between his teeth. He chewed it rigorously.

“How’s it taste?” Jennifer Haralson asked her son.

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Graduating With a Diploma in Food Allergy Life

As her son with multiple food allergies and asthma graduates from high school, a mother reflects on all the trials and tribulations she and her family experienced in their quest to keep him safe throughout his school years. “Our solution was to simply push forward by learning, communicating and offering as much support as humanly possible,” recalls Caroline Moassessi.

Cyrus Moassessi
Cyrus Moassessi (Daily Blessings Photography)

By Caroline Moassessi
May 30th, 2016

My nails will be painted. I will sit up tall in the white wooden chairs used only for special occasions, as I fiddle with the edges of the program. The room, lined with graduation photos and decorations, will vibrate with excitement and emotion. I will resemble the other parents today. Only, I don’t know if I will feel the same as they do. They will be filled with well-deserved pride as they watch their hard-working high school seniors transition to their new lives. We will hear inspiring speeches, laugh and maybe even shed a tear or two. I won’t be thinking about my son’s future college or about how diligent he worked, this is almost secondary to me. I am not sure what feelings await me on graduation day.

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Allergic to Peanuts? A New Device Could Scan Your Food for You

Co-founded by a woman with numerous food intolerances, a San Francisco start-up is getting ready to ship its first product: a portable device equipped with a sensor that can determine whether or not a meal contains gluten. They are also developing sensors for peanuts and milk. A small amount of food or drink is dropped into the device’s disposable capsule, and within roughly two minutes you will get results with a smiley or frowning face. Not surprisingly, the company is seeing strong interest from schools and parents.  

Nima gluten sensor
Nima gluten sensor

The same goes for gluten and milk.

By Donna Fuscaldo
May 19th, 2016

You can’t always tell what’s in your food just by looking at it, though one startup is attempting to change that.

San Francisco-based Nima is getting ready to ship its first product: a portable device equipped with a sensor that can determine whether or not a meal contains gluten. The company is also developing sensors for peanuts and milk – two of the most common triggers for the nearly 15 million Americans who suffer with food allergies.

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Upcoming Events

July 30, 2016 - JORDAN HEALTH FRONT PORCH FESTIVAL AND HEALTH FAIR

Jordan Health Front Porch Festival and Health Fair
Baden Park
Rochester, NY 14605
Saturday, July 30, 10am - 2pm

July 31, 2016 - FOOD ALLERGY AWARENESS DAY

Rochester Red Wings vs. Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs
Frontier Field
One Morrie Silver Way,
Rochester, NY 14608
Sunday, July 31 @ 1:35pm

August 6, 2016 - SENATOR MIKE RANZENHOFER FAMILY HEALTH FAIR

NYS Senator Mike Ranzenhofer family health fair
Amherst Senior Center
370 John James Audubon Parkway
Amherst, NY 14228
Saturday, August 6, 9am - 12 noon

August 6, 2016 - FARE WALK FOR FOOD ALLERGY

FARE Walk for Food Allergy
LaSalle Park 1 Porter Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14202
Saturday, August 6, 9am - 12 noon

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