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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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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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The Bursting Reality of Latex Allergies

The Bursting Reality of Latex Allergies

Despite the relatively small number of people in America at risk, the prevalence, and severity, of latex allergies has been growing steadily for several years. While changes have been made overtime to remove latex products from public places including hospitals, many individuals are unaware of just how common the material is.

For an informative overview of the current situation, please read “10 Teachers Share How They Really Feel About Your Kids’ Allergies.”

Latex Allergy Warning Sign

Sarah Bedford, Editor-in-Chief
The Wilkes Beacon
January 3, 2017

Arachnophobia. Ophidiophobia. Acrophobia. These are the some of the most common fears people have. But for a Wilkes University sophomore, the thing that scares her most is the sound of balloons being inflated.

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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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Young Children With Food Allergies Are More Likely to Develop Asthma or Rhinitis

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Young Children With Food Allergies Are More Likely to Develop Asthma or Rhinitis

Introduction

Researchers at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia have found an unfortunate connection between children with food allergies and those who develop respiratory allergies during the first five years of life. They found the odds of developing asthma or rhinitis were more than two times greater for food allergy patients than for patients who did not have a food allergy. Also, other studies have reported that about one-third of children with moderate to severe eczema have well-documented food allergies.

Perhaps this knowledge will help lead to answers in the future regarding causes and treatments for allergies of all types.

November 7th, 2016

A recent study published in BioMed Central Pediatrics (August 2016) reports that young children diagnosed with food allergy are at increased risk of also developing respiratory allergies during the first five years of life. This finding comes from reviewing the electronic medical records of children who received care from the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) clinical network. Previous studies have suggested a similar association between food allergies and other allergic conditions, but those studies were smaller, less comprehensive, or based on participant reporting.

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