Food Allergy-Related Insurance Claims Up in Almost Every State in the Country

One measure of the increasing number of allergies in the U.S. is how many health insurance claims have been filed for anaphylaxis food reactions. A recent study showed that claims rose a whopping 377% from 2007 to 2016! The Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) group recently launched the Contains: Courage campaign, to drive awareness and raise an unprecedented amount of funding for research, therapies and diagnostics to improve the quality of life of children and adults who are affected.

Food Allergy-Related Insurance Claims Up in Almost Every State in the Country

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By News Wire
January 23rd, 2019

McLean, VA – Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE), the largest private funder of food allergy research in the world, today released the results of a study on private insurance claim lines and food allergies. The study showed that claim lines with diagnoses of anaphylactic food reactions rose 377% from 2007 to 2016, and in every state except Massachusetts, claim lines with anaphylactic food reactions and history of food allergy diagnoses represented an increasing share of all medical claim lines from 2009 to 2016. Anaphylaxis is a serious allergic reaction that can occur quickly and is potentially life-threatening.  

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New Treatments for Peanut Allergies Sound Promising

A medical journalist with a severe allergy to peanuts and nuts is the perfect writer to inform us about the current status of preventing allergic reactions using peanut patches and ingesting “peanut pills.” The author concludes that progress is being made especially for young children, but she won’t be parting with her epinephrine any time soon.

New Treatments for Peanut Allergies Sound Promising…

Unshelled and shelled peanuts

…But Questions Remain

By Shefali Luthra
January 6th, 2019

Whenever I see a report touting possible new peanut allergy treatments, I devour it. I can’t help it. It’s an occupational hazard for any health journalist whose reporting specialty and medical history intertwine.

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Dr. Google Is a Liar

Rather than wait in line at a busy doctor’s office and incur a hefty co-pay, many of us turn to the internet whenever we have a new symptom or start taking a new prescription. But beware the information you find there! Unlike the “fake news” politicians like to conveniently refer to, there really is a lot of incorrect medical information you will find on the World Wide Web—and doctors will testify this can be life-threatening. Whether it’s about a particular drug or vaccine, many people believe that if they read it online it must be true, and this can even lead to a “placebo” or “nocebo” effect. So before you make any medical decisions based on something you’ve read, be sure and run it by your doctor.

Dr. Google Is a Liar

Drawing of woman checking cell phone in doctor's office.
Illustration by Wenting Li

Fake news threatens our democracy. Fake medical news threatens our lives.

By Haider Warraich
December 16th, 2018

It started during yoga class. She felt a strange pull on her neck, a sensation completely foreign to her. Her friend suggested she rush to the emergency room. It turned out that she was having a heart attack.

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Do You Think You Have a Food Allergy?

Have you ever been in a restaurant with someone who intensely questions the waiter about how the food is prepared because they have a food allergy? According to a recent study, one in 10 adults do have a serious food allergy, but nearly twice as many really just have a food intolerance. Of course no one wants to experience unpleasant symptoms, but it’s important for researchers to define the extent of the food allergy epidemic in the U.S. The results also showed a surprising number of people experiencing adult-onset food allergies. But the most distressing news from the study revealed that only a quarter of those with a genuine allergy had a current epinephrine prescription.

Do You Think You Have a Food Allergy?

Shrimp with dip and limes on a plate
A shellfish allergy is the most common food allergy in the U.S. in adults. Photo Credit: Getty Royalty Free.

New Study Says There Is A 50% Chance You Don't

By Victoria Forster
January 4th, 2019

Researchers have found that over 10 percent of adults in the U.S. are estimated to have a food allergy, but almost twice as many people as this think they have a food allergy but probably don't.

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FACTS Support Group Wins Ruthie T. Cornell Award

A high point of the Allergy Advocacy Association’s Awards Gala was the presentation of the first Ruthie T. Cornell Award to the Food Allergies Coping Teaching Supporting (FACTS) organization. Founded in 2003 by Joy Leinenbach, the organization has worked tirelessly to support families who have children with severe allergies. Guest speakers are invited to their bi-monthly meetings, and Joy and other members give presentations throughout the community to bus drivers, restaurant workers, and teachers and administrators. But their main goal is to offer support to families and to learn from each other. Keep up the great work!

Amy Wagner (Left), Joy Leinenbach
Amy Wagner (L) and Joy Leinenbach.
Photo Credit — Kristen Zale

November 15th, 2018

Food Allergies Coping Teaching Supporting (FACTS), a family food allergy and anaphylaxis support group, was awarded the Ruth T. Cornell Award by the Allergy Advocacy Association at their very first Allergy Action Awards ceremony. The gala was held at the ARTISANworks exhibit and entertainment space in Rochester, NY. Classical music DJ and Rochester radio VIP Brenda Tremblay presided as the MC. Jon Terry, founder of the association and an active member of FACTS, acted as host and presented the award.

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