Allergy & Immunology

Many children with suspected penicillin allergy may not be allergic

Many children with suspected penicillin allergy may not be allergic

A 3-part testing process may facilitate increased use of first-line penicillin antibiotics in the pediatric emergency department.

Some EpiPen auto-injectors recalled due to possible defect

Some EpiPen auto-injectors recalled due to possible defect

Mylan is recalling select lots of EpiPen due to a defect that might render it difficult to activate in an emergency.

One-third of asthma patients may be misdiagnosed

One-third of asthma patients may be misdiagnosed

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About one-third of adults with physician-diagnosed asthma in the last 5 years may not have a current diagnosis.

NIH releases addendum guidelines to prevent peanut allergies through early introduction

NIH releases addendum guidelines to prevent peanut allergies through early introduction

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The NIAID has issued addendum guidelines regarding the early introduction of peanut-containing foods to infants at risk for peanut allergies.

Food additives may affect recurrent aphthous stomatitis

Food additives may affect recurrent aphthous stomatitis

Participants underwent patch testing for food in an effort to examine whether food additives play a role in recurrent aphthous stomatitis etiology.

Prenatal fish oil supplementation may reduce asthma risk in children

Prenatal fish oil supplementation may reduce asthma risk in children

Supplementation during pregnancy was associated with reduction in risk of persistent wheezing and asthma in offspring.

Higher cured meat intake linked to worsening asthma

Higher cured meat intake linked to worsening asthma

Cured meat intake levels also had an indirect effect mediated by body mass index.

FDA bans powdered surgeon's and patient examination gloves

FDA bans powdered surgeon's and patient examination gloves

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The FDA has issued a final ruling to ban powdered surgeon's gloves, powdered patient examination gloves, and absorbable powder for lubricating a surgeon's glove.

Exposure to mold and dampness may increase risk of asthma and rhinitis

Exposure to mold and dampness may increase risk of asthma and rhinitis

Exposure during infancy was associated with increased risk up to 16 years of age, especially for nonallergic disease.

Report outlines strategy to improve food allergy safety in US

Report outlines strategy to improve food allergy safety in US

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The Committee on Food Allergies concluded that the actual prevalence of food allergies is unknown due to misinterpretation of symptoms and lack of simple diagnostic tests.

Early peanut introduction may increase odds of successful oral food challenge

Early peanut introduction may increase odds of successful oral food challenge

Early introduction increased the probability of a successful oral food challenge.

Primary care providers order more food allergen panels than allergists

Primary care providers order more food allergen panels than allergists

Primary care providers also order more tests for uncommon causes of food allergy and generate higher costs.

Edible seeds becoming major food allergens

Edible seeds becoming major food allergens

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The inclusion of seeds in food and food products may be a contributing factor in the increase of seed allergies.

Indoor environmental control strategies to manage asthma in children

Indoor environmental control strategies to manage asthma in children

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Strategies include source removal, source control, and asthma education.

Skin patch may help children and teens with peanut allergy

Skin patch may help children and teens with peanut allergy

The patch delivers small amounts of peanut protein in the hope of boosting peanut tolerance for kids and teens.

Children with farm exposure have decreased regulatory T cells

Children with farm exposure have decreased regulatory T cells

Regulatory T cells are decreased with farm exposure and increased among those with asthma.

Identifying patients at risk of life-threatening allergic reactions to food

Identifying patients at risk of life-threatening allergic reactions to food

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Researchers examine factors that could help clinicians identify patients with the highest risk of fatal anaphylaxis.

Allergic sensitization is common in pediatric asthma

Allergic sensitization is common in pediatric asthma

Children were assessed for allergic sensitization by two microarray system. As a result, 47% of children had allergic sensitization.

Introducing allergens at an early age may help prevent food allergies

Introducing allergens at an early age may help prevent food allergies

Introducing foods like eggs and peanuts to babies may decrease their chance of developing allergies later in life.

Alternative treatments for patients with lidocaine allergies

Alternative treatments for patients with lidocaine allergies

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Alternative anesthetics can be used for patients who have a lidocaine allergy.

Stat consult: Allergic rhinits

Stat consult: Allergic rhinits

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Allergic rhinitis is the twelfth most common diagnosis made at family physician visits.

How effective is a kenalog injection for seasonal allergies?

How effective is a kenalog injection for seasonal allergies?

Corticosteroids may relieve symptoms of allergic rhinitis, but are not always appropriate.

Children with milk allergy have lower calcium, bone mineral density levels

Children with milk allergy have lower calcium, bone mineral density levels

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Children with cow's milk allergy have lower bone mineral density scores that likely result from their reduced calcium intake.

Vitamin D supplementation during pregnancy  reduces mite sensitization in infants

Vitamin D supplementation during pregnancy reduces mite sensitization in infants

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Mothers who take high doses of vitamin D during pregnancy reduce sensitization of their infants to mites at 18 months.

Egg-allergic children tolerate hydrolyzed egg preparation

Egg-allergic children tolerate hydrolyzed egg preparation

Hydrolyzed egg preparation increased tolerance to egg in allergic patients.

Increased reports of alpha-gal syndrome in US

Increased reports of alpha-gal syndrome in US

The increase in patients has been attributed to an increased understanding of presentation and diagnostic testing of alpha-gal syndrome.

FDA proposes a ban on powdered medical gloves

FDA proposes a ban on powdered medical gloves

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The FDA has announced a proposal to ban most powdered gloves in the United States.

Omalizumab effectively treats chronic spontaneous hives

Omalizumab effectively treats chronic spontaneous hives

At week 28, omalizumab was superior to the palcebo in treating chronic spontaneous urticaria.

Link found between DNA allergy markers and season of birth

Link found between DNA allergy markers and season of birth

DNA methylation has been associated with season of birth and likelihood of allergy development.

Allergen immunotherapy effective in treating local allergic rhinitis

Allergen immunotherapy effective in treating local allergic rhinitis

Significant improvements were found in allergen immunotherapy for local allergic rhinitis.

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