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Auvi-Q Offers Possible Alternative to Epi-Pen(TM)

Auvi-Q Offers Possible Alternative to Epi-Pen

Various Epinepherine Injectors

By Kristen Stewart
February 6th, 2017

Anyone with severe allergies knows the importance of having an epinephrine auto-injector (EAI) at the ready. However, with the Epi-PenTM jumping more than $500 in price in the last eight years and until recently no other companies having an epinephrine auto-injector device available, not everyone can afford this potentially life-saving medication. That may be about to change as Kaleo’s Auvi-Q re-enters the U.S. market on February 14th.

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The Do’s and Don’ts of Preventing Peanut Allergies in Babies

The Do’s and Don’ts of Preventing Peanut Allergies in Babies

Peanuts and Opened Shell

Scientists say early and consistent feeding of peanuts can help prevent peanut allergies in children. A food allergy expert explains what parents should know.

By Rebecca Priest
January 31st, 2017

Food allergies have grown in prevalence and severity, and until recently pediatricians have told parents to keep their babies away from peanuts, shellfish and other common allergenic foods.

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Kindness Is a Choice — Thank You to One Special Flight Attendant

Kindness Is a Choice — Thank You to One Special Flight Attendant

If you have a food allergic child, you know how much fear and anxiety can present itself whenever you must travel on an airliner. Advocates for raising awareness of the dangers of anaphylaxis have worked diligently to change protocols and attitudes about peanuts and air travel. Lianne Mandelbaum, the “No Nut Traveler,” shares one story with a safe and happy ending.

Lianne Mandelbaum And Son Josh
Lianne Mandelbaum and her son Josh

By Lianne Mandelbaum
January 3rd, 2017

Dear Head Flight Attendant on Air Canada Flight 85,

You may remember me as the mother of a boy who has a severe peanut allergy. We were on your Toronto bound flight on December 29th from Tel Aviv. I know you were aware that our flight, which took off at 7PM, was originally supposed to take off about seven hours earlier, but what I am sure you don’t realize is the unique stress that this delay caused our family.

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Lawmakers Say Mylan Stonewalling Them

Lawmakers Say Mylan Stonewalling Them

Mylan CEO Heather Bresch with arm raised for 'sworn' testimony
Mylan CEO Heather Bresch

By Robert King
February 2nd, 2017

Two high-ranking members of Congress are clamoring for drug maker Mylan to produce documents about its controversial 400 percent price hike of the EpiPen.

Reps. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, and Elijah Cummings, D-Md., sent a letter Friday to Mylan, saying that the company hasn't produced enough documents "despite repeated requests." Chaffetz is chairman and Cummings the top Democrat of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, which held a hearing on Mylan last year.

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Parents View New Peanut Guidelines with Guilt and Skepticism

Parents View New Peanut Guidelines with Guilt and Skepticism

With the start of 2017 the news media has been full of articles reporting the new guidelines, issued by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases recommend giving babies puréed food or finger food containing peanut powder or extract before they are 6 months old, and even earlier if a child is prone to allergies and doctors say it is safe to do so. However, many parents of peanut allergic children remain very skeptical.

PeanutButter Sandwich With Glass Of Chocolat Milk
Credit Philip Greenberg for The New York Times

By Roni Caryn Rabin and Rachel Rabkin Peachman
January 12th, 2017

When Nicole Lepke’s son was born, she listened to her pediatrician and kept peanuts away until the age of 2, but the toddler still developed a severe peanut allergy when he finally tried them.

Now, 12 years later, health experts have reversed their advice on peanuts, urging parents to begin feeding foods containing peanut powder or extract during infancy in hopes of reducing a child’s risk for allergy.

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