Boy with Severe Peanut Allergy Making Progress on Trial Drug: 'It's Working!' Says Mom
A recent article from People discusses one child’s journey in a clinical trial that is helping him to overcome his severe peanut allergy.
The clinical trial involves consuming a carefully formulated amount of a peanut protein powder each day. It is hoped that after five years of treatment, patients will be able to consume peanut products without concern.
Up for review by the FDA, the treatment has the potential to help more than one million kids and teens
Peanut Allergy Treatment Palforzia Is One Step Closer to Market
A new biologic drug to treat a peanut allergy has received a vote of support from an advisory committee of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
The therapy is designed to reduce the incidence and severity of allergic reactions, including anaphylaxis, after accidental peanut exposure in children age 4 through 17 who have a confirmed diagnosis of a peanut allergy.
The application for approval is currently under review by the FDA, with a review action date of late January 2020.
The FDA has shown support for a therapy that could save lives and ease anxiety for millions of families.
Medication May Not Prevent Asthma Attacks, Study Shows
A recent article from Forbes discusses findings from a study sponsored by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. The study was investigating whether or not the issue of asthma attacks was or was not related to daily use of inhaled medications
The study, which included 295 people over age 12, tested for levels of eosinophils in participants’ sputum. Eosinophils are a type of white blood cell seen in high numbers in patients with environmental allergies and asthma, and tend to be a marker for inflammatory types of asthma, which typically respond well to inhaled steroids.
It was found that nearly 75% of subjects had very low eosinophil counts, and that these individuals had no difference in response to long term inhaled steroids versus inhaled placebo.
The findings have been published in The New England Journal of Medicine.
The standard recommendations for mild asthma management have traditionally included inhaled steroids. A recent study raises the issue that this may not be necessary for many patients.
Adult-onset food allergies are becoming more common, with women most at risk
A recent article from the Chicago Tribune discusses adult-onset food allergies.
According to a study published in January, adult-onset food allergies are becoming increasingly common, with almost 11% of U.S. adults having food allergies, some of which carried over from childhood, but about 48% were reported as new in the study.
Nearly 11 percent of U.S. adults have food allergies, some of which carried over from childhood, but about 48% were reported as new, a recent study found.
A Patient's Guide to Atopic Dermatitis (Eczema)
The National Eczema Association reports that approximately 10% of the world population experiences atopic dermatitis at some point in their lives.
A recent article from U.S. News and World Report discusses atopic dermatitis, also known as eczema, as well as symptoms, causes, treatments, and more.
Learn about symptoms, causes and treatment options for this common skin condition.
OK to have a peanut? New treatment could help children with life-threatening allergy
A recent article from Today Show discusses the success of an experimental treatment for those who have severe peanut allergies.
The experimental oral immunotherapy trial has shown promising results so far, though research is ongoing. It is estimated that 67% to 80% of patients were able to tolerate a peanut or more after completing the treatment.
Up to 80% of patients were able to tolerate a peanut or more after completing the immunotherapy.
For Kids With Asthma, Allergies, New School Year Can Bring Flare-Ups
As we enter late summer (and a new school year), many people can face an increase in allergy flares, particularly as fall sets in.
A recent article from HealthDay News discusses some tips for helping to combat the onset of fall allergies.
As kids head back to school, it’s important for parents to keep potential asthma and allergy challenges in mind.
Sesame Allergies Are Likely More Widespread Than Previously Thought
Recent research shows that sesame allergies in the United States may be more widespread than initially thought.
Researchers from Northwestern Medicine and Lurie Children’s Hospital studied data from nearly 80,000 people. It was found that about .49% reported having an allergy to sesame. Of these .49%, about two-thirds (.34% of the U.S. population) either received a diagnosis from a doctor or had allergic reactions. The researchers are confident that over a million people in the U.S. have sesame allergies, based on their data.
The findings have been published in JAMA Network Open.
New research suggests allergies to sesame are comparably prevalent as those to some tree nuts. The findings come as the FDA weighs whether to require sesame to be listed as an allergen on food labels.
Stave Off Your Indoor Allergies This Summer
Indoor allergens can persist year-round.
A recent article from U.S. News and World Report discusses indoor allergens and some tips for managing them throughout the year.
Don’t let indoor allergies spoil your summer fun.
Special skin care may be beneficial for babies with eczema
Recent research shows that special skin care could be beneficial in preventing the development of food allergies, asthma, and more in babies with eczema.
Intrinsic and extrinsic asthma: Causes, symptoms, and treatment
Have you heard of intrinsic versus extrinsic asthma? Many people more commonly refer to them as allergic and nonallergic asthma, respectively.
A recent article from Medical News Today covers the differences between the two, as well as causes, symptoms, treatments and more.
Intrinsic (nonallergic) and extrinsic (allergic) asthma are subtypes of asthma that have similar symptoms but different triggers. Learn more about their differences, causes, and treatments here.
Fur Of Flying: Tips From Experts On How To Fly With Allergies
Summer sun, summer fun! For a lot of people, summer can mean some great travel opportunities.
However, for those with severe allergies, flying can be risky. A recent article from Forbes discusses some tips for traveling with allergies.
Traveling with allergies can be tough. Here’s what to know before you get on that airplane.
What is severe asthma? Symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment
Do you have severe asthma?
A recent article from Medical News Today discusses severe asthma, causes, symptoms, how it is diagnosed, and more.
Doctors consider asthma to be severe when symptoms do not respond well to the usual treatments. This article discusses the definition, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatments of severe asthma.
Is Junk Food Causing the Increase in Food Allergies?
A recent article from Healthline, food allergies are up 200% in the last 20 years.
The article discusses potential reasons for the uptick, from processed foods to climate changes and more.
Researchers say junk food contains a compound linked to food allergies, but other experts say there are a variety of causes.
Tips for Travelling with Food Allergies
For many, heading into the summer means fun vacations and travel. However, for many with food allergies, air planes can feel risky.
A recent article from Yahoo Lifestyle discusses some tips for travelling with food allergies.
Men's Health discusses some unusual symptoms that can come with allergies…
A recent article from Men’s Health discusses some unusual symptoms that can come with allergies. Have you ever experienced any of these? Share below!
May is National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month
May is National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month. This month is dedicated to raising awareness regarding these conditions, as well as educating patients, family, friends, co-workers and others.
According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA):
🤧 Over 60 million Americans overall have asthma and allergies, and 26 million have asthma. 🤧 Over 6 million children have food allergies. 🤧 While so many have these conditions, asthma and allergies are still widely misunderstood.
Share to spread awareness of this incredibly important day! 💙