…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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An “Anaphylaxis in America” survey team finds All Doctors’ Knowledge is NOT the Same
In a frightening survey sponsored by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA), results showed there are huge gaps in knowledge of allergens and symptoms of anaphylaxis among emergency room doctors, pediatricians, family medicine practitioners and even allergists/immunologists. This makes it even more important for parents to educate themselves in order to be strong advocates for their children who have severe food or other allergies.
By Kristen Stewart
Every second counts when it comes to an anaphylaxis attack. Parents and children with life-threatening allergies know this. Legislators in many states who have passed bills to stock epinephrine in schools know this. Almost all physicians know this too. In the abstract.
That’s the good news.
Unfortunately, there’s also some less-than-good news. According to a recent study by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA), there are some startling gaps in doctors’ specific knowledge.
Here’s an update from the state of Michigan, where they just passed a law requiring restaurants to have at least one manager certified as a “food safety manager” whose training will include an approved course or video containing information on food allergies.
By Ishani Nath
New legislation in Michigan is making it making it a little safer to dine out with food allergies.
The new Michigan restaurant rules, also known as the Senate Bill 730, amend a current food law to increase food allergy awareness within restaurants.
There’s exciting news from Melbourne, Australia where researchers at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute gave about 30 allergic children a daily dose of peanut protein together with a probiotic in an increasing amount over an 18-month period. At the end of the trial 80% of the participants could eat peanuts without any reaction.
A Melbourne-based study of children given nut protein with probiotic has transformed the lives of 80% of those who took part in clinical trial