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For our annual Action Awards Celebration, the Allergy Advocacy Association is delighted to present magician and comedian Alan Hudson, our special guest entertainer on our ZOOM broadcast Wednesday, Oct. 20, 7pm.... Read the article here.

E-Greetings from the Allergy Advocacy Association

E-Greetings from the Allergy Advocacy Association

July, 2016

Summer greetings! We hope your plants and lawn are surviving the current drought — at least it’s nice to see the sun every day. Don’t forget our Rochester Red Wings for FOOD ALLERGY AWARENESS DAY at Frontier Field on Sunday, July 31st at 1:35pm. We will dedicate a new ‘Peanut Aware Section’ of seating and pass out information to help educate the public on how we can all play a part in keeping those with life-threatening allergies safe.

Here’s a local company that “gets it.” Once Again Corp. in Nunda, NY produces organic nut butter, and doesn’t want to risk its cashew and almond products mixing with its peanuts by mistake. So they are building a brand new production facility that will make its peanut products only. President Bob Gelser says he knows about the rising number of Americans with peanut allergies and doesn’t want customers with those allergies exposed to his other products. “With an independent production area, there’s no concern about any type of contamination.” Don’t you wish all food companies had this level of awareness and concern?

Enjoy the rest of your summer!

An Open Letter to NYS Governor Andrew Cuomo

The hard work of getting legislation passed to allow public venues to stock and administer epinephrine in an emergency was accomplished in June of this year. But it’s not over “till the fat lady sings,” as they say in baseball. Governor Cuomo has yet to sign the bill so our association is sending him the following letter. Please send the governor an email encouraging him to
Please Sign EATA Now!

 

Jon Terry, founder Allergy Advocacy Association New York Govenor Andrew Cuomo
NY Govenor Andrew Cuomo (l)
Jon Terry, founder Allergy Advocacy Association (r)

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New institute tackles the mysteries of food allergies

Never underestimate the power and determination of mothers with children who have life-threatening food allergies. Lesley Solomon of Boston decided to take matters into her own hands after her son dangerously failed a milk allergy test in his doctor’s office. She was dismayed to find out there weren’t better ways to diagnose food allergies and how relatively little was being spent on research into a life-threatening affliction. So she galvanized the help of others in the same situation, and so far they have raised $10 million to fund the Food Allergy Science Initiative at the Broad Institute in Cambridge, Mass.

Peanuts in Shells
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The Food Allergy Science Initiative announced in Mass.

By Felice J. Freyer
June 24th, 2016

Lesley Solomon sat up all night in her son’s hospital room, reading, searching for answers. Her 6-year-old had just been rushed, gasping for air, to the emergency room after flunking a milk-allergy test in his doctor’s office.

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As EpiPen Prices Skyrocket, Consumers and EMTs Resort to Syringes for Severe Allergies

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The price of EpiPen kits has skyrocketed in recent years, but does that mean it’s safe to substitute manual syringes? Many doctors say no, that it is far easier to contaminate and not administer the correct dosage. But many towns are supplying their emergency medical technicians with syringes in order to save money. Other alternatives such as using a generic brand or funding a healthcare reimbursement account if your employer offers one are also available.

The Prices of Epi-pen Auto-Injectors Have More Than Quintupled Since 2004.

By Ike Swetlitz, STAT
July 6th, 2016

Millions of people with severe allergies carry EpiPens to reverse life-threatening allergic reactions. But as the prices of these auto-injectors have soared, more than quintupling since 2004, many emergency medical responders — and some regular families — are turning to manual syringes as a cheaper alternative.

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