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!
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Allergies More Common in Kids with Autism
As if they don’t have enough to deal with already, a recent study conducted at the University of Iowa found that children with autism are more likely to have a food, respiratory, or skin allergy. The researchers surveyed 200,000 U.S. children between the ages of 3 and 17 in the years between 2007 and 2016 and found that a child with autism might have almost three times the risk of having food allergies. It is also more difficult to diagnose an allergy in kids with autism because many cannot express how they are feeling. Researchers will continue to study possible causes and if the two conditions are somehow related.
By Serena Gordon
June 8, 2018
Children with autism are more likely to also have a food, respiratory or skin allergy, new research suggests.
What's not clear from the new study, however, is whether there's a common cause behind these conditions.
Study Identifies Key Food Allergy Policies in Schools to Improve Safety of Kids
May 23, 2018
One in five parents did not feel that their child with food allergy was safe while at school, according to results of a national survey published in BMC Pediatrics. While most of the 289 parents surveyed reported that their child’s school had implemented at least one food allergy policy, they felt that more could be done. Nearly 95 percent of the parents surveyed wanted stock epinephrine to be available in school, so that a life-threatening reaction to food could be treated immediately. Most parents also felt that school lunch menus should display allergen information (65 percent reported that this was not done) and that ingredient labels on food items are needed (87 percent reported that ingredient labels were not available). They also wanted to see schools provide more food allergy education for students (72 percent reported no food allergy education for students).
Patch Progress, Peanut OIT in Adults Data at EAACI Meeting
The peanut patch and peanut powder for all who are allergic might soon be coming to market! DBV Technologies and Aimmune Therapeutics has developed a patch that slowly exposes the wearer to the peanut allergen to build up tolerance, while Aimmune is working on a peanut powder that patients consume gradually, until they reach a maintenance dose. Both therapies are in Phase 3 clinical trials, and the companies expect to file applications for approval with the FDA by the end of this year.
The other good news is DBV is now working on a “milk” patch.
By Claire Gagné
June 7, 2018
We’re learning more about the two therapies to treat peanut allergies that could soon be available in allergist’s offices in the United States.