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Three New Developments for Anaphylaxis Testing and Treatment

Cartoon by Peter Heck: Those Infallible Scientists trioPromising future therapies give hope to families with life threatening allergies at risk for anaphylaxis.

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Allergies come in all shapes and sizes ...

Leaves and vine…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!

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Rochester, Michigan mom fights for warnings on restaurant menus

Girl on floor playing with toysApproximately half of fatal food allergy reactions are triggered by food consumed outside the home. Read how one mother in Michigan is pushing for a state law that would require restaurants to list the eight most common allergens next to the items on their menus — peanuts, tree nuts, milk, eggs, wheat, soy, fish, and shellfish. Michigan already has laws in place to require restaurant management training and for schools to stock epi-pens for use on anyone in an emergency.

 By Kristen Jordan Shamus

Elias Habib says he wants to be a doctor someday "to help people feel better."

The 6-year-old dimple-cheeked boy from Rochester knows what it is like to feel sick. He's allergic to peanuts and tree nuts. Eating even a trace amount can send his little body into a dangerous tailspin: He vomits and sneezes. He gets a rash. His eyes turn red and tear up. His nose starts to run; he coughs and has trouble breathing.

It's a reaction that terrifies his parents, Tim and Christine Habib. They know it could kill him. That's why Christine Habib is on a mission to make the world — or at least Michigan — a safer place for her son. She's pushing for a state law that would require restaurants to list the eight most common allergens next to the items on their menus — peanuts, tree nuts, milk, eggs, wheat, soy, fish, and shellfish.

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Hundreds Saved By Stock Epinephrine in Schools Last Year

Ten percent of schools had 1-2 cases of anaphylaxis occur on school grounds last yearMylan Specialty sponsors an EpiPen4Schools program that provides free epi-pens for qualifying schools throughout the U.S. Their annual survey found 919 episodes of anaphylaxis in the 2013-2014 school year alone. Most significant, in 22% of cases anaphylaxis occurred in students or staff members with no known allergies, and they would not have had a prescribed epinephrine auto-injector on hand.

A total of 919 anaphylactic episodes occurred in schools last year, according to a new survey of schools participating in the EpiPen4Schools program. This program, offered by Mylan Specialty, provides free epinephrine auto-injectors to qualifying schools in the U.S. Results of this survey were provided during a poster presentation at the recent meeting of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology.

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New Peanut Allergy Study Does NOT Blame Parents!

A part of the dictionary definition of the word ResearchBefore we uncork the champagne bottles, here is important information regarding the recent study where infants were fed small amounts of peanut allergen to try to prevent future life-threatening allergies. This is just one study that must be repeated before any conclusions can be drawn. Parents should certainly not start feeding high risk infants peanuts at home. .

Why It’s Important to Read Past the Headlines — Doctors Explain New Peanut Allergy Study

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Upcoming Events

March 21, 2015 - FOOD ALLERGIES COPING TEACHING SUPPORTING (FACTS)

FOOD ALLERGIES COPING TEACHING SUPPORTING (FACTS)
Saturday, Mar 21, 2015; 10 am – noon
Fairport United Methodist Church
31 West Church Street, Fairport, NY 14450

April 12, 2015 - HEALTH EXPO @ HAMBURG, NY

WNY Health Expo @ Hamburg, NY
Sunday, April 12, 2015; 10 am – 3 pm
The Event Center on the Fairgrounds
5820 South Park Ave. Hamburg, NY 14075

April 29, 2015 - GREATER BUFFALO FOOD ALLERGY ALLIANCE (GBFAA)

GREATER BUFFALO FOOD ALLERGY ALLIANCE (GBFAA)
Monday, April 20, 2015; 7 – 9 pm
Cleveland Hill Fire Hall
440 Cleveland Dr; Cheektowaga, NY 14225

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