Food Allergy

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FDA alerts consumers of nationwide voluntary recall of EpiPen and EpiPen Jr

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is alerting consumers to Meridian Medical Technologies’ voluntary recall of 13 lots of Mylan’s EpiPen and EpiPen Jr (epinephrine injection) Auto-Injector products used for emergency treatment of severe allergic reactions. This recall is due to the potential that these devices may contain a defective part that may result in the devices’ …

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Nonceliac Wheat Sensitivity is associated with Autoimmune Disease

There is much interest in wheat sensitivity in people without celiac disease, many of these patients have been labeled with nonceliac wheat sensitivity. Little is known about any risks associated with nonceliac wheat sensitivity. A recent study published in the journal of Gastroenterology evaluated autoimmune diseases in patients with nonceliac wheat sensitivity and investigated whether …

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Update on Early Peanut Introduction and Prevention of Allergy

Consensus Communication on Early Peanut Introduction and the Prevention of Peanut Allergy in High-Risk Infants On behalf of American Academy of Asthma Allergy and Immunology, American Academy of Pediatrics, American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy, Canadian Society of Allergy & Clinical Immunology, European Academy of Allergy and …

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Asthma and Peanut Allergy

A recent abstract promoted at the American Thoracic Society meeting on the topic of children with asthma being prone to peanut sensitization. The authors suggest children who do have asthma are more likely to be sensitive to peanuts and therefore kids with asthma should be tested for peanut allergy. This abstract was received with a …

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Antibiotics and food allergy induction

The hygiene hypothesis is the most common theory for increased food allergy. It begins with a lack of  early childhood exposure to infections. Without proper stimuli the immune system does not receive necessary education. When presented with food proteins, the normal response (tolerance) is replaced by hypersensitivity. A recent article, in the early edition of Proceedings of the National …

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What is Eosinophilic Esophagitis?

Eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE) is an inflammatory condition affecting the esophagus (the tube that connects the throat with the stomach). The esophagus contains too high a number of eosinophils, an allergic white blood cell. This causes several gastrointestinal symptoms, including difficulty swallowing, nausea,vomiting and reflux. Diagnosis: To confirm the diagnosis requires an upper endoscopy and biopsy. Unfortunately, no …

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Probiotics for the prevention and treatment of allergies

 Probiotics are defined as live microorganisms which when administered in adequate amounts confer a health benefit (FAO/WHO 2002). The potential benefits include inhibition of pathogens, improved integrity of the gastrointestinal (GI) barrier and enhanced immune responses. These effects may be useful for the prevention and treatment of multiple allergic conditions. Rationale: – Allergies occur more …

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