Could our super-clean environment as compared to how our more rural ancestors lived be a cause of the current increase in allergies? Is there a link between reduced exposure to microbes and allergies? Research scientists in the UK say no, and also dispel myths about increased personal hygiene, fewer childhood infections and the prevalence of synthetic chemicals as being causes.
Epi Kits for EMS?
Are less expensive Epi Kits a suitable replacement for epi pens, particularly for emergency personnel? Several states have found that they are, and others are considering them. The Allergy Advocacy Association set out to research the issue, and here is our ‘white paper’ reporting what we have found so far. Read the full article here.
May 8th, 2015
By Janet Goldman
The Allergy Advocacy Association is dedicated to educating and advocating for those with severe allergies. When recently alerted to Epi Kits, a new alternative to epinephrine auto-injectors, we chose to investigate the possibilities. We researched the usage, effectiveness and perspectives towards this treatment protocol.
Wouldn’t it be great to have a simple blood test to find out if you would have a serious reaction to allergen? Researchers at Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York City are very close to developing just such a test. It will be a much safer and more reliable way to diagnose life-threatening allergies than using skin prick tests or ingesting food under a doctor’s supervision.
April 1, 2015
A new blood test promises to predict which people will have severe allergic reactions to foods according to a new study led by Mount Sinai researchers and published online in the The Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology.
May 6th, 2015
By Ishani Nath
For those with allergies or asthma, epinephrine auto-injectors and asthma inhalers are the first line of defense when symptoms appear. However, recent research reveals that a majority of patients are not using these life-saving devices properly.
In fact, in the study published in the Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, only 16 percent of epinephrine users and 7 percent of inhaler users administered their medication perfectly.
By Toni Taylor & Jon Terry
Food allergies are the most common cause of anaphylaxis with peanut, fish, & dairy being the most prevalent. Long time remedies include epinephrine, avoiding the allergen & immunotherapy. While there are new ways to administer epinephrine & allergy shots, not much has changed in the basic way of thinking about dealing with allergies and the potential of dangerous attacks of anaphylaxis.