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E-Greetings from the Allergy Advocacy Association

February, 2018

Valentine greetings! Know that you are always in our hearts and minds. This month we give you a complete rundown of popular Valentine’s Day candy that might contain nuts and other allergens based on how they are produced. Be sure to remind your child’s teachers of any food allergies for all the Valentine’s Day celebrations.

This spring season the Allergy Advocacy Association will be participating with other activists at the New York State Capitol in Albany. The date for our Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Awareness Event will be Wednesday, May 16th at the entrance to the Legislative Office Building located in the capitol concourse. We sincerely hope that you can attend.

Here is a reminder of a couple of research opportunities if you are able to help:

If you are pregnant or just had a baby, The Department of Pediatrics, Division of Allergy and Immunology at the University of Rochester is looking for a study participant just like you! For more information please call 585-275-8991 or visit University of Rochester Children's Hospital web page.

Become a FARE Advocate for Research!

Food Allergies Research and Education (FARE) has collected some incredible data since the launch of the FARE Patient Registry, with more than 2,000 patients enrolled. But they need to grow the registry further, because more data means greater opportunities for breakthroughs.

Add your history to our growing database of food allergy patients by completing surveys and more.

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Local College Implements New York’s Emergency Allergy Treatment Act

St. John Fisher College can serve as an example to colleges everywhere in being proactive to protect students with severe allergies. They are stocking epinephrine throughout the campus and conducting training sessions for security, health care personnel and resident assistants. As the college had three incidences of anaphylaxis last year alone, we are very proud to help in this important endeavor.

SJF College fire and safety officer Al Camp and A3 founder Jon Terry
SJF College fire and safety officer Al Camp and A3 founder Jon Terry

Local College Implements New York’s Emergency Allergy Treatment Act

By Janet Goldman
February 10th, 2018

St. John Fisher College is becoming a role model for local colleges and other public entities in western New York. As authorized by New York’s Emergency Allergy Treatment Act (EATA), the College is stocking epinephrine, making it available for students, staff and visitors as needed. With a non-specific epinephrine prescription, specifically trained College staff will be able to administer epinephrine to anyone suffering from anaphylaxis.

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A Message from FARE CEO Dr. Jim Baker

We were sad to learn that Dr. Jim Baker will be resigning his position as CEO of FARE. This is the perfect time to look back on all that has been accomplished during his tenure and to pledge to help carry on the organization’s life-saving work. As just one example, FARE was one of the lead sponsors of the landmark research study which led to the development of new early feeding guidelines issued by the National Institute of Allergy & Infectious Diseases.

FARE CEO Dr. Jim Baker

A Message from FARE CEO Dr. Jim Baker

Dear Friends of FARE,

I first arrived at FARE as interim CEO and Chief Medical Officer early in the summer of 2014, having been asked to temporarily lead the organization through a transition period. I expected to stay less than six months, but have been at the helm of this remarkable organization for what will soon be four years. The time has now come when I feel comfortable stepping aside as FARE moves onto a new chapter, and today I am announcing my resignation.

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Putting an End to Allergic Reactions

Exciting new research comes to us from Aarhus University in Denmark where researchers were able to identify unique mechanisms of an antibody that blocks the immune effect behind allergic reactions.

The antibody interacts in the body to prevent the human allergy antibody from attaching to cells, thus keeping all allergic symptoms from occurring.

This could result in completely new strategies for engineering medicine of the future.

Edzard Spillner In Research Lab
Researchers have discovered a new approach for antibody-based treatment of allergy and asthma. It is nothing less than a breakthrough that could have a major impact on development of new medicine in years to come. The photo shows Edzard Spillner in the foreground.
Credit: (Photo: Lars Kruse)

Putting an End to Allergic Reactions
Newly Found Mechanism Could Pave the Way

Date: January 25, 2018
Source: Aarhus University

Researchers have found a new mechanism in which an antibody can prevent allergic reactions in a broad range of patients. The breakthrough could pave the way for a far more effective allergy medicine.

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Read Candy Labels to Keep Your Sweetheart Safe

You may think a particular brand of candy is safe to eat by checking the ingredients. But you also need to look for warnings that the candy may be manufactured in a facility that processes peanuts, tree nuts, milk, wheat and soy. It’s always best to tell your child with allergies not to eat anything unless you can inspect it first. Here’s a list of popular Valentine candies that may contain allergens or have product advisories:

Valentine Heart Candy

Read Candy Labels to Keep Your Sweetheart Safe

Kids With Food Allergies
February 9th, 2018

Around Valentine's Day, others may offer candy or treats to your child with food allergies. Make sure your child knows not to accept or eat any candy unless a parent or trusted adult has verified that it is safe to eat. Many candies look alike but can have different ingredients and advisory warnings. Many smaller candies are sold in larger packages and do not have an ingredient label on the individual pieces.

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