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FOOD ALLERGY: CONSENSUS REPORT STRESSES DIAGNOSTIC ACCURACY

FCAAIA Notes: The best test for diagnosis of food allergy is a thorough history as to what happens with ingestion.  Tests for food allergy can help confirm or refute a diagnostic suspicion (which means the physician needs to have a … Continue reading

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RESTAURANT FOOD ALLERGY PRACTICES — SIX SELECTED SITES, UNITED STATES, 2014

FCAAIA Notes: Restaurant employees are far more aware of food allergies now than they were 20-25 years ago, undoubtedly because of training by managers and owners.  Nonetheless (as with most things) there is always room for improvement. The burden remains … Continue reading

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NO NEED TO GET SCREENED FOR CELIAC UNLESS YOU HAVE SYMPTOMS, PANEL SAYS

FCAAIA Notes: Many people blame many of their symptoms on gluten.  While it is hard to put a number on it, many of those people do not actually have a gluten-related condition.  No one has to eat gluten containing grains, … Continue reading

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THERE’S FINALLY GOOD NEWS FOR PEOPLE WITH NUT ALLERGIES

FCAAIA Notes: What do you do if you are allergic to one tree nut but are not sure about others? First of all, cashew and pistachio allergies tend to go together as do pecan and walnut. So if you are … Continue reading

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IMMUNOTHERAPY PATCH DESENSITIZES PEANUT ALLERGY

FCAAIA Notes: The “peanut patch” is not FDA approved and is not commercially available. Let’s assume it is someday.  Then, what might we expect from it?  Use of the patch will not “cure” peanut allergy, nor will it be a … Continue reading

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AAAAI: ORAL IMMUNOTHERAPY FOR GLUTEN ALLERGY PASSES TEST BUT QUESTIONS REMAIN ON SAFETY, EFFECTIVENESS

FCAAIA Notes: If you have been following this blog over the years (or search it now), you know that I have posted many articles about oral immunotherapy (OIT) to food.  This study looked at the feasibility of OIT to wheat.  … Continue reading

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NEW GUIDELINE FOR PREVENTION OF PEANUT ALLERGY: WHERE WE STAND NOW IN PREVENTING FOOD ALLERGIES

FCAAIA Notes: Early introduction of solids including peanut decreases the risk of later allergy.  This recently published guideline regarding early introduction of allergenic foods is an extension of the LEAP and EAT studies about which I previously posted.  Babies with … Continue reading

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NIH PANEL RECOMMENDS EARLY PEANUT INTRODUCTION FOR HIGH-RISK INFANTS

FCAAIA Notes: Early introduction of solids including peanut decreases the risk of later allergy. This recently published guideline regarding early introduction of allergenic foods to infants is an extension and formal recommendation after the LEAP and EAT  studies about which … Continue reading

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INTESTINAL CELL DAMAGE AND SYSTEMIC IMMUNE ACTIVATION IN INDIVIDUALS REPORTING SENSITIVITY TO WHEAT IN THE ABSENCE OF COELIAC DISEASE

FCAAIA Notes: Gluten is one of the big “black boxes” of this century.  Celiac disease is more common than appreciated a generation ago.  Unlike when I went to medical school, we now recognize it can present with mild symptoms. The … Continue reading

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MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT FOOD ALLERGY LABELING DRIVE RISKY CHOICES

FCAAIA Notes: Precautionary food labeling (PAL) does not apply to foods that are intended to contain a known common food allergen. The vast majority of packaged foods  with PAL do not contain food allergens. But, a small percent do and … Continue reading

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