Thursday, December 6th, 2012

by slashallergies

Global conference on allergic diseases from tomorrow
Nearly 1,500 delegates from around the world will gather here tomorrow to discuss rise of allergic diseases as a global public health problem and exchange information on their prevention and treatment. These delegates will be taking part in the 2nd International Scientific Conference of the World Allergy Organisation (WAO). It will conclude on December 9.

Schools’ positive allergic response
Hundreds of public schools have been told to buy life-saving medical equipment after a kindergarten student almost died from an allergic reaction after eating banana bread containing nuts. The five-year-old, who had undiagnosed anaphylaxis, ate the food at home but fell seriously ill after arriving at school.

Allergies spike in warm, damp weather
This time of year would normally see snow on the frozen ground, but right now Hoosiers may be suffering from allergies and related symptoms, like sneezing, watery eyes and runny nose. The combination of rain and temperatures near 70 this week has caused mold to grow. Local allergist Dr. Pinkus Goldberg with Allergy, Asthma, & Clinical Immunology Associates in Indianapolis said right now, Hoosiers aren’t plagued by pollen allergies; instead they suffer from mold, dust and animal dander.

Even doctors need more education about severe allergic reactions
When we visit the doctor, we place all our trust in that he or she can help us with our ailments. But doctors are human – one reason why they must continue their education even while in practice. One area of medicine that more primary doctors and emergency physicians need more knowledge is that of allergic reactions, particularly anaphylaxis treatment.

Food allergy & marital stress: what’s your story?
Alisa Fleming ~ Allergic Living magazine is looking for stories from you for an upcoming issue. I wanted to help spread the word on this call, as I think that some of you probably have great, helpful experiences to share. Here is the gist: Credits or Pseudonym, your choice: Allergic Living recognizes that this is a sensitive topic. Therefore, you can share your story anonymously, or if you prefer, they can include your name and a resource that you offer (blog, website, book).

Districts tackle food allergies differently
Few Western Pennsylvania school districts have policies on handling food allergies, instead handling a rise in students who suffer from such conditions on a case-by-case basis. Many schools leave food decisions up to food service providers, said Michelle Marker, program director at the Nutrition Group, which handles food services for several districts.

Who’s to blame for the food allergy boom?
“It is definitely a disease that is much more rampant now than 50 years ago,” said Dr. Shaista Safder, a gastroenterologist at Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children. Dr. Safder said there are three prevailing theories as to why so many more children have food allergies. The first, she says, is that we live in such a clean and sanitary society that the normal bacteria that helps our bodies is decreasing.

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