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10/17/2015:  World Allergy Congress Met in Seoul, Korea

Over two thousand people from 71 countries around the world gathered for the World Allergy Congress to discuss science and precision medicine for allergy and asthma.  Research was provided in over 30 abstracts that were granted outstanding abstract awards on topics such as: New genetically modified soybeans that have new proteins; eczema and a slowed growth in children; and feeding impacts gut microbacteria in infants as well as allergic IgE counts. [1]

10/29/2015:  Auvi-Q Recall

Auvi-Q recalled the injectors due to a potential inaccurate dose delivery for lot numbers 2299596-3037230 with expiration dates between March 2016 through December 2016. [2]





9/8/2015: Swiss Institute of Allergy and Asthma Research Discovery

Scientists from Switzerland, Japan and the U.S. have discovered that mast cells responsible for causing an  allergic reaction, might be able to help suppress it as well, because those cells are so active.  This is a possible new way to deal with allergies. [1]

9/25/2015:  International Food Allergy Alliance Meeting

Worldwide, 220 million people have food allergies.  The International Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Alliance comprised of 20 international partners, meets from September 27th to 29th with a focus on encouraging the commercial sector to get involved with physicans, food companies and pharmaceutical scientists to help find a cure.  [2]  





8/6/2015:  ACAAI States Importance of Epinephrine Even if Doubt

The American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI) states that even if in doubt as to whether a patient is indeed suffering from an anaphylactic reaction, it is best to treat with epinephrine.  Allergist Paul Dowling, MD, ACAAI member and panelist, states, "Antihistamines and corticosteroids should not be given instead of epinephrine because they don't work fast enough."  Allergist Stanley Fineman, MD, ACAAI past president, and chair of the pane, further explains, "Because epinephrine is the first line of defense in treating anaphylaxis, the panel agreed it should be used-even if a patient's reaction may not meet all the established criteria." [1]

8/20/2015:  Nickel Allergy and Nickel in Foods

According to the American Academy of Dermatology and Stanford Hospital's Jennifer Chen, MD, FAAD, those with nickel allergies (normally found in some jewely, phones or glasses) may also have a rash from eating foods that contain nickel.  The food that cntain nickel include seeds, nuts, chocolat, wheat and rye.  Normally the amount is low enough not to cause a reaction, but can contribute to an existing condition. [2]





7/9/2015:  University of Chicago Medicine Suports Food Allergy Treatments

Christina Ciaccio, MD, assistant professor of pediatrics at the University of Chicago Medicine and medical director of the new center of excellence, states, "We believe that in the near future we'll be able to offer patients new treatments that will decrease their likelihood of experiencing a severe allergic reaction and for some, may even offer a cure."  In addition to conducting trials for promising therapies, UChicago Medicine will collaborate with FARE and other centers to establish best practices for the care of patients with food allergies. [1]

7/15/2015:  Food Allergy Research & Education Funds Awareness

The popular associated known as FARE donated $143K to fund community initiatives to increase awareness about food allergies. Awareness is supported through group walks, reading materials for families and schools and family based conferences.  [2]





6/8/2015:  EAACI Congress in Spain Presented on Peanut Patch

The European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology Congress held in Barcelona in June 2015 presented positive results in the treatment of peanut allergy via the patch called Viaskin Peanut.  It appears the patch is more beneficial than the oral or sublingual therapies.  More studies are underway thoughout 2015.  [1]   According to CNN Money in London, the patch was approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration for special fast track testing. [2]  If all goes well it may be released by 2018.



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