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Melissa Scheichl

Growing up Melissa Scheichl (aka The Allergy Mom®) of the Greater Toronto Area of Ontario, Canada, had both seasonal and food allergies and her mother suffered a dangerous anaphylactic reaction to a bee sting. As challenging and scary as these experiences were, however, allergies did not become a major focus of her life until her children were born almost 16 and 14 years ago.  
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Greetings from the Allergy Advocacy Association, April, 2016

Will April snow showers bring May flowers? Apparently daffodils have an anti-freeze substance in their stems — sure wish humans did too.

We have lots of good news to report in this month’s newsletter. First, excellent progress is being made in the state legislature in regard to the Emergency Allergy Treatment Act (details below). It has been passed by the senate and has a good chance of coming up for a vote in the assembly this spring. We would love to have your help at our Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Awareness Day in Albany on May 4th, or feel free to sign our online petition at change.org. Together we can make a real difference in saving lives!

We also report on several new ways to administer epinephrine that are being developed, as well as new research on causes of peanut allergies. And lastly, studies are showing that school epi-pen stocking legislation really is saving lives.

We thank you again for all your support and wish you a pleasant spring whenever it arrives…  

EATA Moves Forward in NYS Legislature

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It really goes to show that if one remains patient and doesn’t give up, results do come about. We have been working to get legislation passed to allow, but not require, public venues to stock epi-pens for over a year now, and it looks like we are getting closer to passage. Read all about our progress here.

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Anaphylaxis: Future therapies look promising!

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John Lee, MD, Director of the Food Allergy Program at Boston Children’s Hospital, gives us a detailed report on several new ways to administer epinephrine that are in development. Many people choose a method based on cost and what insurance will cover, but soon we will have many more options that have longer shelf lives and are easy to use. (“What’s in your wallet?”) We also offer an update on the peanut patch as a possible prevention method. You can read all the details here.

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The Bacterial Imbalance Behind Food Allergies

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Scientists continue to study causes of severe food allergies, and are getting closer to finding answers. One interesting study found that those with eczema are six times more likely to develop food allergies. Other causes being investigated are an overactive immune system at birth and overuse of antibiotics under the “hygiene hypothesis.” And then there is what may turn out to be the holy grail of allergy prevention— earlier consumption of peanuts by high-risk infants that has shown to dramatically decrease their risk of developing a peanut allergy.

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