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New laws improve access to Epinephrine in NYS Schools

NYS sealHere are all the details of the legislation recently passed to protect children in New York state schools who are at risk for anaphylaxis. We are proud to report legislators from both parties worked together to get these important laws passed. But we do not plan to rest on our laurels! See ideas for future legislation we would like to propose that will give high school students training on how to recognize the symptoms of anaphylaxis and administer epinephrine via an Epinephrine Auto-Injector (EAI) device. We could also follow Florida’s example of passing a law that would allow various public venues to stock epinephrine auto-injectors, in an effort to better protect those at risk for anaphylaxis.

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Allergies come in all shapes and sizes ...

Leaves and vine…just like allergy sufferers. And they are on the rise. For many people allergies can range from sniffling and sneezing to skin rashes to gastrointestinal issues. A certain percentage, however, have more than these uncomfortable symptoms to deal with. Anaphylaxis, a serious life-threatening reaction, causes approximately 1,500 deaths a year in the United States alone. Clearly, allergies are nothing to sneeze at!

Articles for Advocacy

Mylan Signs Strategic Alliance Agreement with Walt Disney Co.

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Once again Walt Disney Company leads the way in helping to keep their customers safe while visiting their parks and cruise ships. They recently signed a multi-year strategic alliance agreement with Mylan to increase awareness of anaphylaxis. Plans includes the placement of updated maps as well as updated signage in the parks that highlight locations with EpiPen® (epinephrine) and EpiPen Jr® (epinephrine) Auto-Injectors. We hope other public “entities” will follow suit.

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peanutsChildhood Peanut Allergy May Be Linked to Skin Gene Mutation

Can a gene mutation in a child’s skin predict who will develop peanut allergies? Scientists at King's College in London believe it can. After measuring the exposure to peanut protein in household dust in the first 12 months of life, they found the dust had no effect on children who did not have a skin barrier defect from an FLG gene mutation. The study raises the possibility of being able to identify a group of children with FLG mutations through genetic testing in the future, and altering their environmental exposure to peanuts early in life to reduce the risk of developing a peanut allergy.

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NASE Legislation Advances Across America

EAI devicesAs we have been saying for several years, not all kids have an epinephrine auto-injector prescribed specifically for them, as many times parents are not even aware their child has an allergy. And, about 25 percent of first-time food allergy reactions happen at school, according to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI). The good news is more and more schools are stocking epinephrine for use by anyone in an emergency situation. Read all about it here.

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Upcoming Events

December 12, 2014 - Rochester Education and Occupation Center (REOC) Health Fair

Rochester Education and Occupation Center Health Fair

161 Chestnut Street
Rochester, NY 14604
Friday, December 12th, 2014
3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

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