This is an important time of year for the allergy community. Allergists from around the world gather at the annual conference of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI) conference to report their study findings on food allergies, seasonal allergies, and asthma. This year it was held in San Antonio, Texas just a few weeks ago, so we have seen a continuous stream of important research hitting the media. Here are just a few stories that I thought may be of interest to you:
Parents Intentionally Feeding Kids Allergens – Seriously? They even break down the reasons for these risky decisions – definitely a fascinating read.
Success of Oral Immunotherapy for Milk Allergy Reverses with Time – Unfortunately, safe desensitization of severe and life-threatening food allergies is not quite there yet.
Food Allergies May Limit Growth – Important Note: The average BMI of children with food allergies is still well within the healthy range – they are not classified as underweight, but rather “below the average” BMI of the non-allergic children. Still, I think it underlines the importance of ensuring that allergic foods are replaced with nutrient-dense foods. The senior investigator on the study stated, “It’s essentially a caloric issue.”
More Effective Spot for Epi Shot on Obese Food Allergic Individuals – The upper thigh may not be the best place for everyone.
New Resources for Food Allergies
As an extra bonus, two new websites were officially launched this month for the food allergy community:
Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) – The merger of the Food Allergy Initiative (FAI) and the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network (FAAN) into FARE is official with the launch of their new website: www.foodallergy.org
The National Allergy & Anaphylaxis Council (NAAC) – This new council is a collective voice of leading advocates and professionals from across the nation. They are seeking to raise awareness regarding food allergies and anaphylaxis and advocate for the fair treatment, inclusion, and safety of those diagnosed with this hidden disability: www.anaphylaxiscouncil.org