Tag Archives: food allergy

SKIN PATCH SAFE, MODESTLY EFFECTIVE FOR PEANUT ALLERGY

FCAAIA Notes: Epicutaneous immunotherapy (EPIT) has been under study for peanut desensitization for quite some time.  It is still a long way from market. EPIT appears effective in protecting peanut allergic patients from small accidental ingestions.  Some patients even tolerated … Continue reading

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ADULTS’ SELF-REPORTS OF FOOD ALLERGIES UNRELIABLE

FCAAIA Notes: Are you allergic to a food?  Are you sure? This is one of many studies over the years that food allergy is not as common as the public perception. Why the discrepancy?  I could think of many possible … Continue reading

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EARLY INTRODUCTION OF EGG, PEANUT LOWERS RISK FOR ALLERGY

FCAAIA Notes: The EAT (Enquiring About Tolerance) study  was published early this year by the same researchers in London who published the LEAP and LEAP-On studies.  This meta-analysis confirms the findings of EAT giving us assurance that its findings are … Continue reading

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WHAT’S CAUSING THE RISE IN FOOD ALLERGIES?

FCAAIA Notes: Has the prevalence of food allergy in children increased in the last 30 years or not?  Prevalence studies that actually ask patients about their allergies indicate that it has.  But, this study finds that the proportion of children … Continue reading

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MILK ALLERGY TIED TO LOWER BONE DENSITY IN CHILDREN

FCAAIA Notes: Children drink less milk than they did a generation or so ago.  Even children without milk allergy have a very high rate of vitamin D insufficiency and deficiency as was the case in this study. However, the cow’s … Continue reading

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EARLY INTRODUCTION OF FOOD ALLERGENS GETS MIXED RESULTS

FCAAIA Notes: The EAT study described here was a natural follow-up to last year’s LEAP study.  Unfortunately, the protocol was very difficult to follow as it required that some 3-6 month old children were given a relatively large amount of … Continue reading

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EARLY PEANUT EXPOSURE REDUCES ALLERGY, LEAP-ON CONFIRMS

FCAAIA Notes: Last year, I reported herein the results of the LEAP study in which it was proven that early peanut introduction to at-risk infants decreased their rate of developing peanut allergy by age 5 by 80%.  If you didn’t … Continue reading

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FOOD ALLERGY IN ADOLESCENTS LINKED TO EMOTIONAL, BEHAVIORAL PROBLEMS

FCAAIA Notes: Allergies, like any other chronic disease (yes, allergies ARE a chronic disease), has secondary psychosocial factors affecting the patient’s overall well-being. Food allergy has proven impact on quality of life, so it is not surprising that affected patients … Continue reading

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DOES FOOD ALLERGY CAUSE ATOPIC DERMATITIS?

FCAAIA Notes: Frankly, I don’t know anyone who has ever said that food allergy causes atopic dermatitis (AD).  However, it is correct that food allergy often triggers AD flares (just as tree pollen doesn’t cause asthma or allergies, but it … Continue reading

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SENSITIVITY TO WHEAT, GLUTEN AND FODMAPS IN IBS. FACTS OR FICTION?

FCAAIA Notes: The cause of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is not known although many mechanisms are hypothesized to contribute to its uncomfortable symptoms. Many patients alter their diets to try to prevent the symptoms, frequently with minimal success. A FODMOP … Continue reading

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