…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
Most of us think of food or bee stings as the leading cause of allergy-related sudden deaths in the U.S. But a recent analysis of death certificates found it was actually medications that were the cause, particularly among older people and African Americans.
By News Staff
September 30th 2014 07:01 PM
An analysis of death certificates from 1999 to 2010 has found that medications are the leading cause of allergy-related sudden deaths in the U.S. The study in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology also found that the risk of fatal drug-induced allergic reactions was particularly high among older people and African-Americans and that such deaths increased significantly in the U.S. in recent years.
Anaphylaxis is the term used for a severe, potentially life-threatening allergic reaction that can occur within seconds or minutes following exposure to an allergen. Until now, data on trends in anaphylactic deaths—or even the number of yearly deaths from anaphylactic shock—has not been well-defined. One reason: unlike countries such as the UK, the U.S. doesn't maintain a national registry for anaphylaxis deaths.
"Anaphylaxis-related deaths in the U.S. have not been well understood in recent years," said Elina Jerschow, M.D., M.Sc. director, Drug Allergy Center, Allergy and Immunology Division of Medicine, Montefiore Medical Center, and assistant professor of medicine, Albert Einstein College, the lead author of the study. "We hope these findings will help in identifying specific risk factors and allow physicians to formulate preventative approaches."
NASE Legislation Advances Across America
As we have been saying for several years, not all kids have an epinephrine auto-injector prescribed specifically for them, as many times parents are not even aware their child has an allergy. And, about 25 percent of first-time food allergy reactions happen at school, according to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI). The good news is more and more schools are stocking epinephrine for use by anyone in an emergency situation. Read all about it here.
Erie County Legislature Urges NYS Governor to Sign Bill
When food allergies affect someone in your own family, it’s time to turn talk into action. Erie County legislator Peter Savage was in a great position to do just that, and has been a wonderful supporter of our efforts to have “student carry” laws passed. Read the full story here.
Member Peter Savage helps support Student Medications Carry Bill
By Kristen Stewart| September 15th, 2014
When Erie County Legislature member Peter Savage and his family signed up for the recent FARE Walk for Food Allergy in Buffalo, he was hoping to raise funds for the cause and awareness about food allergies. He was not looking to mix business and pleasure…it just worked out that way.
A Disappointing Reality: Many Families of Food-Allergic Kids Are Not Carrying Epinephrine
Doctors at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio recently polled 35 families at their allergy clinic, and were shocked to find how many were not carrying epinephrine with them. This includes 29% of those who previously had to use it due to a bad allergic reaction. This article gives some very helpful advice on how to remember to carry it everywhere and how to to get prescription reminders and discounts.
By David Stukus, MD
It is a well-known fact that epinephrine is the best treatment for anaphylactic reactions. Patients or their adult caregivers are urged to always keep their epinephrine auto-injectors close at hand. Epinephrine should be given as early as possible after a reaction begins.
October 26, 2014, FACTS Halloween Party
FACTS Halloween Party
Saturday, October 26th, 2014
1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Fairport United Methodist Church
31 West Church Street
Fairport, New York 14450
(2 blocks west of Route 250 on Route 31F)
November 13, 2014 - Rochester Asthma and Allergy Conference, 2014
December 12, 2014, Rochester Education and Occupation Center Health Fair
Rochester Education and Occupation Center Health Fair
161 Chestnut Street
Rochester, NY 14604
Friday, December 12th, 2014
3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.