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Saturday, December 22nd, 2012

Vertex to put allergy warning on drug Incivek’s label
It has now been ordered by the FDA that Vertex has to put the strictest warnings of the FDA to gain attention of people, who buy the drug. The warning in a black box will warn people about the possibility of skin rashes due to the drug.

World Allergy Organization’s official journal to become open access
BioMed Central, the open access publisher, is pleased to announce the World Allergy Organization Journal (WAO Journal), the official journal of the World Allergy Organization (WAO), is moving to BioMed Central’s open access publishing platform to join our growing open access allergy portfolio. The prevalence of allergy and its impact on society continues to rise, therefore access to allergy research is paramount in order to achieve sustainable results towards future prevention, diagnosis and treatment. The growth of interest into allergic diseases is reflected in BioMed Central’s collection of allergy journals and the transition by the WAO to open access.

Atopy patch tests predict oral tolerance in children with milk allergy
Results from an Italian study show that atopy patch tests (APTs) could predict oral tolerance in children with gastrointestinal symptoms related to non-IgE-mediated cow’s milk allergy. Cow’s milk allergy is the most common food allergy in childhood, explain Roberto Canani (University of Naples) and co-investigators. Oral food challenge (OFC) is traditionally used to confirm a diagnosis of cow’s milk allergy, but the possible use of APTs for predicting the occurrence of oral tolerance is unknown.

via /Allergies: Saturday, December 22nd, 2012

Thursday, December 20th, 2012

The opportunity for in-office allergy testing and treatment
In an age when many physician practices face tightening business margins, some are exploring new services they may be able to offer patients. One such area is the in-office treatment of patients who suffer from allergic rhinitis.

Mountain cedar allergy or a cold? Here’s why it matters and what to do
“A cold,” he said in his email, “is a viral infection often accompanied by fever, sore throat and aches. Allergies are associated with itchy eyes and occur at the same time every year. Colds go away in a week, while allergies stay as long as the pollen remains in the air or until allergy sufferers begin treatment.”

Cluster immunotherapy: Allergy shots for faster relief
Allergy shots deliver proven, long-term relief from allergy symptoms. Though effective in treating allergies, an allergy shot regimen requires time commitment from the patient over a series of months and years. Chicago allergy doctor, Brian Rotskoff, MD of Clarity Allergy Center, is pleased to offer an accelerated alternative to traditional allergy shots. Cluster immunotherapy (CIT), a concentrated grouping of allergy shots, is a faster route to immunity from allergic rhinitis (hay fever), allergic asthma, childhood nasal allergies, environmental allergies, and pet allergies.

HAL allergy completes patient enrollment for its phase II trial with Sublivac Fix Phleum Pratense
HAL Allergy B.V. today announced that it has successfully completed patient enrollment in its Phase II trial with SUBLIVAC® FIX Phleum pratense. This combined dose tolerability and dose range finding study will characterize the dose-response relationship of SUBLIVAC® FIX Phleum pratense in order to support the optimal dose in terms of clinical efficacy and safety for further investigation in Phase III studies.

Food allergy survival skills class set in Pequot
Kay Paulus from Lakes Area Food Allergy Support will present a Food Allergy Survival Skills class from 7-9 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 10, at Pequot Lakes High School. Do you suffer from food allergies or know someone who does? If so, you’ve already learned that they affect nearly every aspect of a person’s life. From label reading, kitchen safety and cooking with ingredient substitutions, to dining out, family/social events, child care, school and travel, avoiding allergens can feel overwhelming.

Dr. John: Calcium deposits, cold allergy, pacifier bacteria
It’s essentially an allergy to the cold and a person suffering from this develops hives whenever exposed to cold temperatures whether it’s the weather outside, cold water or even the cold refrigerators in grocery stores. If exposed to a lot of cold, like swimming in cold water, a person can even suffer from an anaphylactic reaction, which can be very serious or even fatal.

Health Matters: Allergy treatment options
Dr. Khetarpal recommends antihistamine medications such as Claritin, Allegra and Zertec, most commonly used due to their non-sedative side effects. Benadryl, nasal sprays, leukotriene inhibitors, shots and drops under the tongue are also popular.

Research and Markets: Birch pollen allergy – Pipeline Review, H2, 2012
Research and Markets has announced the addition of Global Markets Direct’s new report “Birch Pollen Allergy – Pipeline Review, H2 2012″ to their offering. ‘Birch Pollen Allergy – Pipeline Review, H2 2012′, provides an overview of the indication’s therapeutic pipeline. This report provides information on the therapeutic development for Birch Pollen Allergy, complete with latest updates, and special features on late-stage and discontinued projects. More info.

via /Allergies: Thursday, December 20th, 2012

Tuesday, December 18th, 2012

School bans pupils from bringing in bananas… because teacher has allergy
Ling Bob School in Halifax, West Yorks., has asked parents not to put the fruit in their kids’ lunchboxes. A letter headed “Urgent Warning” was sent to parents informing them bananas can no longer be eaten as a snack. And the school canteen have also scrapped them from the menu to be safe.

Luxury perfume makers create stink over Europe allergy laws
Luxury perfume brands fear the European Union is about to introduce measures that could cripple the $25 billion global industry in the name of protecting consumers against allergies. New laws could severely curb or ban natural ingredients used in vintage best-sellers and put some perfume makers out of business.

via /Allergies: Tuesday, December 18th, 2012

Monday, December 17th, 2012

Omega secures Chinese approval for food allergy test
Medical testing kit maker Omega Diagnostics has secured approval from China’s Food and Drug Administration to sell its food allergy test in the world’s second-largest economy.

Mobile phone allergy test
It might sound like something from Tomorrow’s World, but this innovative mobile phone attachment could test your meal for allergy-triggering ingredients. Around 1-2% of the UK population have a peanut allergy, and while for most the symptoms of a reaction will include a rash, itching, diarrhoea or vomiting, for some the body’s response is more drastic – if a person with allergy goes into anaphylactic shock, where the airway constricts and blood pressure drops, it could prove fatal.

Ansell inspires healthy-ever-after with new allergy awareness campaign
With 1 in 3 nurses suffering from hand dermatitis, Ansell has launched a new allergy campaign to spread the word among health practitioners about allergies in the workplace, specifically Type IV chemical allergies. The new campaign is designed to both educate and entertain by voicing the Type IV allergy story though a beloved genre sure to resonate with all audiences…the fairy tale.

via /Allergies: Monday, December 17th, 2012

Saturday, December 15th, 2012

This story has been run here at SlashAllergies.com yesterday, but if you miss it, here it is again.

New weaning guidelines in response to increase in child allergies
Babies would be fed solid foods sooner under new health guidelines to slow an alarming surge in the number of children with life-threatening food allergies. Anxious parents are giving toddlers their first taste of peanuts in hospital carparks and doctors’ surgeries, for fear they might suffer an anaphylactic reaction.

Also here is an alert for those who have allergies to milk.

ACIA/Allergy alert: Undeclared milk in certain pure brand cookies
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Pure Indulgent Foods Inc. are warning people with allergies to milk not to consume the Pure brand cookie products described. The affected products contain milk which is not declared on the label.

via /Allergies: Saturday, December 15th, 2012

Friday, December 14th, 2012

Grant gives allergy kits wings to help
Charity launches programme for Auckland schools with aid of $10,000 donation. It can be stressful sending your child to school and not knowing if they will be able to avoid the food they are allergic to or if staff know what to do in an emergency. Penny Jorgensen, CEO, Allergy NZ Having an allergic reaction at school can be a frightening experience for children and teachers alike, so knowing what to do and having the equipment to help a child is essential.

Mum’s rare rash caused by an allergy… to her own baby
Zuleika Closs, 26, developed a burning, itchy rash all over her body while pregnant with her son Emmanuel. Baffled doctors wrongly diagnosed her with a severe case of scabies and one former nurse even suggested she bathe in BLEACH to get rid the infectious skin disease. Four months after giving birth, the rash is now fading but she will be left with the scarring on her body.

Hidden holiday allergy triggers: How to stay protected
Health warnings during the holiday season often focus on reducing stress or curbing how much people are eating and drinking, but for the millions of Americans who suffer from allergies, the holidays could carry a whole host of health risks. “Pre-treatment before symptoms begin is a secret to success,” he says.

Bill Crystal has wheat allergy
Actor Billy Crystal has switched up his diet after discovering he is allergic to wheat products. The Princess Bride star had been struggling with intestinal problems for several weeks earlier this year (12), and medics determined Crystal’s body was unable to digest all things containing wheat, such as pasta and bread.

New device detects allergy-causing ingredients in food via phone app
A new device can tell whether a food product contains ingredients that can cause allergy. The device attaches itself to a phone and uses an application to test whether the food is safe to eat. The device has been developed by researchers from University of California, Los Angeles.

Coroner urges reform after nut allergy death
The family of a Sydney schoolboy who died after a eating a walnut biscuit say they hope the findings of the coroner will help ensure a similar tragedy does not happen again. NSW Coroner Mary Jerram made three recommendations when she handed down her findings into the death of 16-year-old Raymond Cho. The Ashfield Boys High School student died in May last year after eating the biscuit a friend had baked in a cooking class.

New rules as allergy epidemic hits kids
Babies will be fed solid foods sooner under new health guidelines in a bid to slow an alarming surge in the number of children with life-threatening food allergies. Researchers are baffled by a 20-year surge in the number of Australian children with food allergies. But many now suspect that delayed weaning – and therefore delayed exposure to different foods – plus a lack of vitamin D from sunlight and hyper-cleanliness could be overstimulating children’s allergic reaction.

Research and markets: Grass pollen allergy – Pipeline Review, H2 2012
Research and Markets has announced the addition of Global Markets Direct’s new report “Grass Pollen Allergy – Pipeline Review, H2 2012″ to their offering.

via /Allergies: Friday, December 14th, 2012

Thursday, December 13th, 2012

School board gives final OK on food allergy policy
The Sumner County Board of Education on Dec. 4 gave final approval to a new policy that now requires school officials to develop an Individualized Health Plan and Allergy Action Plan for students diagnosed with food allergies. The plan would map out a course of action for what school staff should do when symptoms of food allergies strike based on a doctor’s orders. Much of the policy spells out procedures that appointed school staff have already been trained to do, but a formal policy was needed because school officials say they have been seeing an increase in the number of students being diagnosed with food allergies.

CFIA/Allergy alert: Undeclared mustard in certain hot stuff food Xpress brand pizza and calzone products
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Canadian Trade House are warning people with allergies to mustard not to consume the Hot Stuff Food Xpress brand pizza and calzone products described below. The affected products contain mustard which is not declared on the label.

New market study published: Birch pollen allergy – Pipeline review, H2 2012
Global Markets Direct’s, ‘Birch Pollen Allergy – Pipeline Review, H2 2012′, provides an overview of the indication’s therapeutic pipeline. This report provides information on the therapeutic development for Birch Pollen Allergy, complete with latest updates, and special features on late-stage and discontinued projects. It also reviews key players involved in the therapeutic development for Birch Pollen Allergy. Birch Pollen Allergy – Pipeline Review, Half Year is built using data and information sourced from Global Markets Direct’s proprietary databases, Company/University websites, SEC filings, investor presentations and featured press releases from company/university sites and industry-specific third party sources, put together by Global Markets Direct’s team.

Study evaluates new treatment for cat allergy
National Jewish Health allergist Harold Nelson, MD, is evaluating a treatment for cat allergies that could reduce treatment from three years and more than 100 shots to four months and four shots. The study will evaluate a new form of immunotherapy, developed by the company Circassia and called ToleroMune®, that uses small pieces of the irritating substance produced by cats instead of the full-sized protein that causes symptoms in allergic people.

Pure allergy friendly rooms open at the Iconic W in Seoul, Korea
Now travelers with allergies and asthma as well as others with respiratory difficulties can breathe easier with the introduction of PURE Allergy Friendly Rooms. The W and PURE Korea have partnered to provide a patented and award winning air and surface purification program. Resting on the slope of Mount Acha overlooking the Han River, W Seoul is just minutes from the Gangnam financial and business district, yet it seems world away with the 180 acres of parkland. The W Seoul landed on Condé Nast’s Hot List in 2005. Now travelers with allergies and asthma as well as others with respiratory difficulties can breathe easier with the introduction of PURE Allergy Friendly Rooms. The W and PURE Korea have partnered to provide a patented and award winning air and surface purification program that guarantees a better night’s sleep while traveling.

Tears flow as family reveals grief from teen’s allergy death
A GRIEF-STRICKEN mother who is losing her hair, a father who blames himself, a little girl who doesn’t understand and an older sister trying to hold it all together. That is the shattered life of Raymond Cho’s family, 18 months since the 16-year-old died after a severe allergic reaction to a walnut biscuit he ate at his Sydney school.

via /Allergies: Thursday, December 13th, 2012