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Allergies come in all shapes and sizes ...

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

Allergist in the News: Dr. Kirsi Jarvinen-Seppo

Dr. Krisi Jarvinen-Seppo
Dr. Krisi Jarvinen-Seppo

Director of the Center for Food Allergy at UR's Golisano Children's hospital

Mt. Sinai’s loss is Rochester’s gain! Read all about our recent interview with Dr. Kirsi Jarvinen-Seppo, Director of the Center for Food Allergy at UR's Golisano Children's hospital. She brought us up to date on all the services the one-year old Center can provide, as well as the latest research she and her team are conducting.

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Why Do Humans Have Allergies? Parasite Infections May Be the Trigger

Researchers at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine are trying to find out if the antibodies we all have to fight parasites might be attacking harmless triggers as well. Could the “hygiene” hypothesis, that we now have fewer parasites to fight so the immune system attacks allergens as well, be the reason there is such a large increase in allergies?

Young Girl Sneezing Among Yellow Flowers
When a walk in the park is your worst nightmare.

Protein analysis suggests that antibodies that evolved to fight parasites might be turning their focus to otherwise harmless agents.

By Brian Handwerk
October 29, 2015

Peanuts. Bees. Pets. Trees. For most people, these things are harmless parts of everyday life. But for allergy sufferers, plenty of seemingly innocuous items can be unbearably irritating and even lethal. Now scientists have uncovered a possible molecular reason why humans evolved to have ....

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New Treatment May Help Children with Peanut Allergy

Shehan Nanayakkara Holding Plate Of Peanuts
Shehan Nanayakkara has built up a tolerance for
peanuts through the new program

Could desensitization be the holy grail of treating children with peanut allergies? Pediatric allergist Dr. Billy Tao of Flinders Medical Centre in South Australia is showing promising results with a two-step desensitization process that first involves boiling peanuts for an extended length of time to make them less allergenic. If the child shows no signs of an allergic reaction, roasted peanuts are given to increase their tolerance. But don’t try it at home!

by Jane Trembath
November 4, 2015

A new study is successfully helping children to overcome peanut allergies by exposing them to peanuts and desensitising them to their allergy.

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Food Allergies and Dietary Restrictions at the Holiday Table

Family Gathered At Holiday Dinner

By Diane Gottsman
November 9th, 2015

Special memories are made when friends and family gather together for a festive meal. When food allergies are involved, the host and the guest have an important role to play when it comes to breaking bread (or not) at the table.

Read the article here.

Upcoming Events


FACTS support group meeting
Food Allergies Coping Teaching Supporting
First Methodist Church Fairport
31 West Church Street, Fairport, NY 14450
Saturday, Nov. 21st 10:00-12noon


REOC Health & Community Resource Fair Day 161 Chestnut St
Rochester, NY 14604
Friday, Dec. 11th 9am – 12noon
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