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!
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When college students are living away from home for the first time, it becomes more of a challenge to avoid certain foods and other allergens. We were pleased to donate $1,100 to Roberts Wesleyan College recently for the purchase of three packs of epinephrine auto-injector (EAI) devices to be stocked at various locations throughout the campus. Health Center coordinator Blandine Burks was very grateful to receive our donation and describes how the pens will be used.
Allergy Advocacy Association Donates Funds for EAI devices at Roberts Wesleyan
Our Association awards grant to stock NPS EAI devices on Campus
By Suzanne Driscoll
April 12th, 2019
“Thank you for your generosity, support and breath of life!” says Blandine Burks, Coordinator of the Health Center at Roberts Wesleyan College. The Allergy Advocacy Association was pleased to award Roberts Wesleyan College $1,100 for the purchase of three packs of epinephrine auto-injector (EAI) devices to be stocked, with one for the health center, one for the athletic trainer and one for campus safety.
As authorized by New York’s Emergency Allergy Treatment Act (EATA), the college is making epinephrine available for students, staff and visitors as needed. With a non-specific epinephrine prescription, trained college staff will be able to administer epinephrine to anyone suffering from anaphylaxis.
Dave Bloom, CEO of SnackSafely.com, is very concerned about the Trump Administration’s recent efforts to once again try to strike down the Affordable Care Act without any concrete proposals to replace it. While Republicans wisely decided to hold off until after the November elections, many people are worried because food allergies would be considered a preexisting condition.
Editorial: The Coming Healthcare Apocalypse for the Food Allergy Community
By Dave Bloom
March 27, 2019
Earlier this week, the Trump Administration told a federal appeals court that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) — commonly known as “Obamacare” — should be struck down in its entirety. This contrasts its previous assertion that “only” the provisions protecting those with preexisting conditions should be struck down while preserving the rest of the law including the expansion of Medicare.
Some 20 million Americans receive their health insurance under provisions of the ACA and another 100+ million are protected by the ACA’s provisions covering those with preexisting conditions.
Recognizing the growing number of Americans with severe food allergies, Congresswoman Doris Matsui introduced the FASTER Act to make federal policy changes that will improve the health, safety and inclusion of the 32 million people living with them. The act would fund the Center for Disease Control (CDC) to collect information on the prevalence of food allergies and allergens, update package labeling to include sesame, and study the economic costs of living with food allergies. Congresswoman Matsui believes more research and evidence-based solutions are needed to help understand, treat, and maybe one day prevent food allergies.
Urge Your Elected Officials to Co-Sponsor the FASTER Act!
Food Allergy Research & Education
Nearly 32 million Americans—including kids like Jared (pictured above)—live with food allergies and related disorders. These diseases affect their health and quality of life.
That’s why Congresswoman Doris Matsui introduced the Food Allergy Safety, Treatment, Education, and Research (FASTER) Act to improve the health and safety of those living with food allergies and related disorders.
The Food Allergy Safety, Treatment, Education and Research (FASTER) Act, a package of federal policy changes that will improve the health, safety and inclusion of the 32 million Americans living with food allergies, was introduced by Rep. Doris Matsui (D-CA).
May 15, 2019 - ALBANY NY, FOOD ALLERGY AWARENESS DAY
May 15, 2019 - Food Allergy Awareness Day
Food Allergy Awareness Day
Legislative Office Building
NYS Capitol Albany, NY
Wednesday, May 15, 2019 9am-2pm
Exhibit Location: Glass doors at the LOB entrance
on the Concourse level
April 1, 2019 - ANAPHYLAXIS EMERGENCY TRAINING SEMINAR
April 1, 2019 - Anaphylaxis Emergency Training Seminar
University of Rochester
School of Nursing
Helen Wood Hall Auditorium
Rochester, NY 14642
Monday, April 1st, 2019 7pm
or call 585-255-0384
Location - Auditorium
Presenter - Kirsi-Jarvinen-Seppo, MD
Audience - nursing students, medical center staff, security staff, etc.
Parking - paid lot adjacent to Hall in front of CTSB building