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Results of New Study Offers Potential Clues About How Peanut Allergy Emerges

22 Jun

They keyed in on the immune cells that respond to the peanut allergen, and learned that these lymphocytes appear to carry a surface marker – an “address” offering clues about where the peanut allergen was first encountered. They found different markers depending on whether the exposure occurred through the skin (environmental exposure) or through the gut, and learned that the marker for skin was associated with a peanut allergy diagnosis.

Study Funded by the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network

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Young Adults May Not Be Outgrowing Food Allergies As Expected

22 Apr

Young Adults May Not Be Outgrowing Food Allergies As Expected.

A leading immunologist recently warned that young adults are increasingly carrying into adulthood food allergies that earlier generations outgrew as children. Dr. Richard Loh, a pediatric immunologist, says that adult allergy specialists are about to be swamped by rising number of adults living with food allergies that they never outgrew.

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Study Uncovers Link Between Peanut Oil in Baby Lotion and Peanut Allergies

15 Apr

Study Uncovers Link Between Peanut Oil in Baby Lotion and Peanut Allergies.

Among the many discoveries to arise from the wealth of data collected was the association between peanut oil in baby lotion and the rise of peanut allergies.

New Research Offers Insight Into Why Peanut Allergies Develop

6 Apr

New Research Offers Insight Into Why Peanut Allergies Develop.

via peanutallergy.com

A study funded by the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network (or FAAN) recently uncovered potential clues to why peanut allergies develop in some children, but not others. Researchers are trying to answer this question in order to learn how to prevent peanut allergies from occurring in the first place.

Researchers at the Guy’s and St. Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, St. Thomas’ Hospital in London, looked at the blood cells of children with peanut allergy and compared them to children who are not allergic to peanuts. They keyed in on the immune cells that respond to the peanut allergen, and learned that these lymphocytes appear to carry a surface marker – an “address” offering clues about where the peanut allergen was first encountered. They found different markers depending on whether the exposure occurred through the skin (environmental exposure) or through the gut, and learned that the marker for skin was associated with a peanut allergy diagnosis.

Winners of the 2012 Food Allergy Reader’s Choice Awards

30 Mar

Winners of the 2012 Food Allergy Reader’s Choice Awards.

The results are in for the 2012 Food Allergy Reader’s Choice Awards! Find out which of your favorite food allergy products and services were voted the best of the best.

 

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Researchers Develop New, More Accurate Test For Peanut Allergy Diagnosis

26 Mar

Researchers Develop New, More Accurate Test For Peanut Allergy Diagnosis. via PeanutAllergy

Australian researchers have recently developed a new way of conducting peanut allergy tests that promises to be less invasive and more accurate than previously used methods. The researchers, from the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute and University of Melbourne, set out to develop a test that was simpler and less risky than an oral food challenge.

 

Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network Presents Annual Awards

26 Mar

Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network Presents Annual Awards.

via peanutallergy.com

Last week, the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network (FAAN) announced the winners of the 16th Annual Mariel C. Furlong Awards for Making a Difference, their annual awards for those who are dedicated to raising awareness of food allergy issues.

Doctors Prescribe Smartphone Apps To Help Patients Manage Food Allergies

13 Mar

via peanutallergy.com link

Doctors in the United Kingdom have been asked to recommend free or inexpensive smartphone apps to help their patients manage chronic health conditions ranging from food allergies to depression. Health Secretary Andrew Lansley has compiled a list of almost 500 smartphone programs that will be recommended by the National Health Service (NHS) for patients in the UK, says The Telegraph.

A future without food allergies? Quite possibly.

19 Nov

A charming explanation of the recent development in research into treatment for peanut allergy.

via trynerdy

This is the part where science fixes everything: researchers at Northwestern Universityhave developed a technique that effectively cures peanut allergies in mice, and would presumably work in humans as well. Not only that, but the technique could easily be applied to eradicate an allergy to eggs, or strawberries, or shellfish…whatever your immune system has been keeping you from enjoying.

Thanks, science.

Proposed Bill For Emergency Epinephrine In Schools « The Food Allergy Mom

16 Nov

Proposed Bill For Emergency Epinephrine In Schools « The Food Allergy Mom.

Legislation that would help put lifesaving medicine in the hands of school personnel and help protect millions of children in the U.S. with potentially life-threatening food allergies – as well as others with undiagnosed food allergies – will be introduced this week on Capitol Hill

 

 “This law could potentially save the life of an elementary school student whose parents didn’t know he or she had any food allergies or a high schooler whose reaction was so severe that he or she required a second dose of epinephrine but only had one auto-injector at school. When someone experiences anaphylaxis, every second counts,” said FAAN CEO Maria L. Acebal.