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Saturday
Oct082016

AUGUST 2016: FOOD ALLERGY NEWS

8/10/2016:  Peanut Desensitization for 1 to 3 year olds

According to a small study involving 40 children recently completed by the National Institute of Health, after giving the 1 to 3 year-olds very small doses of doctor supervised amounts of peanut powder, for two years, 80% of them could tolerate some foods containing small amounts of peanuts. [1]

8/10/2016:  New Company Creating Desensitization Doses

AIMMUNE is a new company in San Francisco, California implementing a Characterized Oral Desensitization ImmunoTherapy a.k.a. CODIT program to create precisely control amounts (in capsule form) of allergens to achieve a level of desensitization (but will require on-going doses). They are starting with peanuts and moving onto eggs in 2017.[2] 

[1] https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/08/160810104017.htm

[2] http://ir.aimmune.com/phoenix.zhtml?c=254097&p=irol-pressReleasesArticle&ID=2194768 

 

Sunday
Aug212016

JULY 2016 FOOD ALLERGY NEWS

7/11/2016:  A Preservative Could Be Triggering Food Allergies 

The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences awarded 1.5 million for research on tBHQ or tert-butylhydroquinone, a preservative approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 1972.  This preservative appears to show a different impact on T cells which can trigger food allergies.  Oddly, this preservative is often not listed on food allergy labels.  [1]

7/25/2016:  Brothers and Sisters of Food Allergic Children

Apparent good news for the siblings of food allergic children has been found by Dr. Ruchi Gupta of Children's Hospital of Chicago in that a study including over 2,000 people where about one-half had allergies, found their siblings did not necessarily have food allergies at the same rate, but more along the rate of the general population. [2]

[1] http://msutoday.msu.edu/news/2016/common-additive-may-be-why-you-have-food-allergies/

[2] http://www.foodnavigator.com/Science/Food-allergies-unlikely-to-run-in-the-family-study-suggests 

Sunday
Jul312016

JUNE 2016 FOOD ALLERGY NEWS

6/22/2016:  Food Allergy Science Initiative

Four women are striving to raise $20 million and have already succeeded with $10 million for their new program Food Allergy Science Initiative or FASI which is working with experts from across the county including Yale University, Harvard Medical School, MIT and other well known institutions to "tackle the underlying biology of food allergies."  [1]

6/9/2016:  Cross Reactive Food Allergens

Medical University of Vienna states that those with an allergy to birch pollen and have associated food allergy to apples, peaches, hazelnuts, carrots and celery.  EAACI conference in Vienna, Austria provided a forum for this and additional research on the impact of sugar on food allergy reactions.  They reinforced that avoidance is the best policy.  [2]

[1]  http://www.wbur.org/commonhealth/2016/06/22/moms-allergy-research 

[2]  Medical University of Vienna. "Food allergies: Avoiding allergens is best protection." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 9 June 2016. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/06/160609064302.htm.

Sunday
Jul172016

MAY 2016 FOOD ALLERGY NEWS

5/20/2016:  Video Games for Food Allergic Children

A Rhode Island based children's research center and a software development company are teaming up to create a video game that helps children understand and handle their food allergies.  [1] By placing the child in a virtual situation, the child can decide how to handle it.  Perhaps their grandmother is pressuring them to eat those cookies she baked.  How can a child make sure they are safe without hurting grandma's feelings?  The game is called, "Food Allergy Adventure" and also helps children read food labels. [2]

[1] http://medicalxpress.com/news/2016-05-center-video-game-tool-food.html

[2] http://www.virtuallybetter.com/portfolio/food-allergy/

 

5/31/2016:  Twitter Has #Anaphylaxis

Social media giant Twitter's micro blog has a place for those with food allergies.  Type #Analyphlaxis in the search bar and follow the snippits posted.  [3]

[3] https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Anaphylaxis&src=typd

Sunday
Jul172016

APRIL 2016 FOOD ALLERGY NEWS

4/19/2016:  Peanut Flour Added to Crackers

Kellogg is adding peanut flour to several of their crackers. Some have speculated that they have done this to avoid the strict rules for processing foods that do not have an allergen, like peanuts.  In other words, rather than keep the equipment free from peanut residue, just add the peanut flour and then state the food contains peanuts.  It is likely cheaper for Kellogg to lose the business from those who have peanut allergies, rather than try to confirm there are no traces of peanut in their foods.  Additionally, this likely provides Kellogg with a great deal of legal protection if a person who is allergic to peanuts, eats their foods and has a reaction.  Now they can simply state the product had peanuts in it.  It will be interesting to see if other companies do the same.  [1]

4/30/2016:  Vaccinations' Impact on Food Allergies & Asthma

The University of Virginia has found evidence that 'alum' can contribute to allergies.  Alum is another name for potassium aluminum sulfate or potassium hydroxide a chemical that has been placed in vaccinations since the year 2000.  When combined with egg white several other institutions have also found that a genetically-predisposed person will have an increased chance of allergies or asthma, after receiving the vaccine.  There is some discussion of a possible gene test to identify those who are genetically predisposed, so they could likely avoid the vaccines if desired.  In other words, if a person who may have a allergies or asthma in their family's genes also has these vaccines these institutions are beginning to learn that there is an impact leading to more food allergies and asthma.  Perhaps the question arises:  Is it worse to have the disease the vaccines are preventing (hepatitis, tetanus, etc.) or allergies / asthma?  [2]

[1]  http://www.snopes.com/kelloggs-peanut-flour-allergies/

[2]  http://www.inquisitr.com/3047697/vaccines-increase-food-allergen-millennials-reacting-to-adjuvant-exposure/