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New York State’s Day Care Centers Implement EATA

It was wonderful that the Emergency Allergy Treatment Act (EATA) was passed last September, enabling New York State’s public facilities to stock and administer epinephrine. This will be especially important to day care centers, where young children can have undiagnosed allergies to food or insect stings. While many centers are taking advantage of training provided by the Child Care Council of Rochester, they will have to come up with their own funding in order to purchase EpiPens. If you know of a business or foundation that might be willing to make a charitable donation for this important purpose, please let us know. You can read the full article here.

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Emergency Allergy Treatment Act Becomes a Reality

By Janet Goldman
August 22, 2017

There is an old saying that goes something like this: “Children are the most precious of all” (author unknown). Due to our economy’s demands, countless children spend many hours in day care centers. With trust, parents choose these centers, expecting quality attention. To better ensure safety for those with life-threatening allergies, parents provide epinephrine auto-injectors. But what about protecting those that don’t know they are at risk?

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A New Therapy May Cure Kids of Peanut Allergy

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Researchers in Australia have come up with a new therapy for peanut allergies that combines probiotics with small doses of peanuts to gradually train the child’s immune systems to not treat it as something foreign. The results are encouraging, allowing the children who were treated to eat peanuts without fear of an allergic reaction. But it may be too early to call this a cure.

New Treatment Moves Ahead Four Years After Melbourne Breakthrough

By Alice Park
August 17, 2017

In a long-term study of the latest treatment for peanut allergy, scientists in Australia report that an immune-based therapy helped children allergic to peanuts eat them without reactions for four years.

The study, published in the journal Lancet Child & Adolescent Health, follows up on children enrolled in an earlier study of an immunotherapy treatment, which combined probiotics with small doses of peanuts that were designed to gradually train the children’s immune systems to accept the peanut allergen rather than treat it as something foreign. Previous studies have suggested that methods like these could be effective in reducing youngsters' allergic, sometimes dangerous anaphylactic shock reactions to peanuts. The Australian team added probiotics to further enhance the gut’s ability to accept the peanuts and not trigger an immune reaction. Compared to 4% of children who didn’t get any treatment, 82% of those receiving the combination therapy significantly reduced their allergic reactions to peanuts.

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A Nurse Works to Make Epinephrine the New AED in Public Venues

The hard work of getting legislation passed to allow public entities to stock and administer epinephrine has been accomplished. But much remains to be done in order to convince the owners of restaurants, sports stadiums, daycare centers and churches to stock EpiPens and to be properly trained. Read about a Canadian nurse who took matters into her own hands to provide storage cabinets and obtain EpiPen donations from pharmaceutical companies along with free training materials.

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A Nurse Works to Make Epinephrine the New AED in Public Venues

By Janet Goldman
May 22nd, 2017

What happens if you’re at a restaurant when suddenly your best friend has a severe allergic reaction?! Furthermore, what happens if your friend forgot his/her epinephrine auto-injector? What happens if they didn’t know they had any allergies to begin with?! Last September, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed New York State’s Emergency Allergy Treatment Act (EATA). This legislation allows public entities to stock and administer epinephrine. Public entities include a wide variety of venues such as restaurants, sports leagues, daycare centers and community centers. The possible benefits are priceless!

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Children Needing Epinephrine Aren’t Receiving It Before Trip to the Emergency Room

“When in doubt, get it out!” A recent study published in the Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology found that fewer than half the children received epinephrine prior to arriving at an emergency room, even though approximately 65 percent had a known history of anaphylaxis, and 47 percent had been prescribed epinephrine. This was mostly true when the emergency occurred at home rather than school, with parents, caregivers and even emergency responders showing reluctance to administer the life-saving medication.

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Study shows parents, guardians and emergency responders failed to give epinephrine at home in an anaphylaxis emergency

July 12, 2017
Journal Reference: Melissa Robinson, Matthew Greenhawt, David R. Stukus. Factors associated with epinephrine administration for anaphylaxis in children before arrival to the emergency department. Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, 2017; DOI: 10.1016/j.anai.2017.06.001
Source: American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology
Summary: Even kids who were prescribed an epinephrine auto injector didn't receive the life-saving medication when they needed it, new research has found.

Anyone suffering a severe allergic reaction (anaphylaxis) should receive epinephrine as quickly as possible. A new study showed that even kids who were prescribed an epinephrine auto injector didn't receive the life-saving medication when they needed it.

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

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

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

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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.

Data collected on 2,100 kids in the Canadian Healthy Infant Longitudinal Development (CHILD) study showed that infants who avoided cow’s milk or products like yogurt in the first year of life were almost four times more likely to become sensitized to milk compared to those as those who consumed a form of dairy.

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