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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.

Penfield NY Boy Saves Father’s Life After A Bee Sting

Jamie Kosten Receives Award

This story rings close to our hearts, as our founder Jon Terry’s sister died as a result of a bee sting when she was alone at home. Read here about local hero Jamie Kosten who administered an EpiPen to his father after he was stung by bees he was raising.

Scott Kosten had been keeping bees in his yard for over 12 years, and never had an allergic reaction to a bee sting. But last May he was stung multiple times and became unconscious from anaphylactic shock....

Read the article here.

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

"Introducing Milk, Egg and Peanut to Babies Protects Against Food Allergies, Study Finds

Mother With Child

Concerning food allergies and young children, this article provides supporting evidence for the LEAP and LEAP-ON studies published previously.

By Gwen Smith
July 11, 2017

Research from a major Canadian study adds to the growing evidence that introducing milk, egg and peanut to children early in their lives is likely to protect against sensitization and later allergies to those foods.

Read the article here.

The Elephant in the Exam Room: Food Allergy Mortality

Dr. Michael Pistiner

While written for a target audience of healthcare professionals, this post can give parents and others, talking points and things to consider when discussing food allergy management with healthcare teams. For more details, read "Special Report: What Restaurants Are Getting Right And Wrong On Food Allergies"

By Michael Pistiner, MD, MMSc
July 13th, 2017

It is difficult to know how many children with food allergy have been saved each year due to effective food allergy management strategies. Evidence based allergen avoidance strategies, and the timely recognition and treatment of anaphylaxis with epinephrine must be reiterated to all who are responsible for the care of children with food allergy. Health care teams including doctors and nurses, must be trained to teach effective food allergy management strategies at the very onset of the allergy, even before seeing an allergist. We must emphasize the identification of patients with potentially life-threatening allergies and the effective delivery of food allergy management education. Physicians and nurses must also be able to impart that unless effective management strategies are put in place, there may be an increased risk of food allergy mortality, the elephant in the examining room.

Read the article here.

Drug Shortages and Rapid Price Escalation: The Latest on the Crisis

Sodium Bicarbonate Injector
Photo by Tom Page.

The American health system is now into the seventh year of an unprecedented and unplanned shortage of emergency medications. The root cause is the American manufacturers of intravenous medications, and disputes between those manufacturers and the Federal agencies that oversee drug supply and manufacturing practices (FDA and DEA), over safe manufacturing and quality processes. As a result, during this period prices of all emergency medications have increased dramatically.

By James J. Augustine, MD, FACEP
Thursday, July 6, 2017

The Crisis

There are now life-threatening problems with medication supplies for EMS providers across all classes of emergency medicines. As of June 26, 2017, there are 69 preparations of 28 emergency care preparations that are in short supply, including most forms of adenosine, atropine, bicarbonate, calcium, dextrose, dopamine, epinephrine, fentanyl, labetalol, magnesium, and lorazepam.

Read the article here.

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