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E-Greetings from the Allergy Advocacy Association

E-Greetings from the Allergy Advocacy Association

July, 2017

Say hey from western NY! We hope your plants and lawn are surviving the continual thunderstorms. Don’t forget our Rochester Red Wings for FOOD ALLERGY AWARENESS DAY at Frontier Field on Sunday, August 13th. We will hope for warm & sunny weather as we pass out information to help educate the public on how we can all play a part in keeping those with life-threatening allergies safe.  

Rochester Red Wings vs Norfolk Tides 1:35pm game time; gates open at 12 noon.

Frontier Field
333 Plymouth Ave N
Rochester, NY 14608

To buy tickets:
1-800-840-9227
7:00a - Midnight CST

For customer service:
1-800-840-9227
8:00a - 8:00p CST

http://frontierfield.box-officetickets.com/Events/Minor-League-Baseball-Tickets/Norfolk-Tides-at-Rochester-Red-Wings/2179185 

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

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

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.

Jamie Kosten Receives "Do The Right Thing" Award

Jamie Kosten Receives Award

By Suzanne Driscoll
July 20th, 2017

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. Fortunately, his 12 year old son Jamie was home and knew to call 911 right away. The first thing the operator asked was “Do you know if you have an EpiPen in the house?” Miraculously, the family had the foresight to purchase one to have on hand, “just in case a visitor ever needed it,” Jamie recalls,

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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.

Mother With Child

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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The Elephant in the Exam Room: Food Allergy Mortality

The Elephant in the Exam Room: Food Allergy Mortality

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"

Dr. Michael Pistiner

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.

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

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

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.

For an informative overview of the current situation, please read "Study: EpiPens Should Work At Least A While Past Expiration Dates".

Sodium Bicarbonate Injector
Photo by Tom Page.

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.

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