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  • Peanut allergies: Does early introduction to peanut products increase risk? - Syracuse.com

    ALLERGIES - Google News
    20 Dec 2014 | 9:09 am
    Syracuse.comPeanut allergies: Does early introduction to peanut products increase risk?Syracuse.comFor every parent, the first time you leave your baby in someone else's hands is scary, but for parents of a child with peanut allergies, it can be downright terrifying. Over the last few months, I've talked to a few experts in the field - many of whom and more »
  • Protein implicated in allergic reactions to medications

    Allergy News From Medical News Today
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    Reachers have discovered a single protein that could be to blame for allergic reactions to certain meds; their findings could lessen drug side effects for many patients.
  • Peanut scares: Does early introduction to nut products increase risk?

    Allergy News
    20 Dec 2014 | 1:22 pm
    For every parent, the first time you leave your baby in someone else's hands is scary, but for parents of a child with peanut allergies, it can be downright terrifying. Over the last few months, I've talked to a few experts in the field - many of whom are parents themselves.
  • Moms of food-allergic kids need dietician's support

    Allergy News -- ScienceDaily
    18 Dec 2014 | 5:13 am
    Discovering your child has a severe food allergy can be a terrible shock. Even more stressful can be determining what foods your child can and cannot eat, and constructing a new diet which might eliminate entire categories of foods. Providing parents with detailed, individual advice from a dietician is a key component of effective food allergy care, experts say.
  • Obama: Putin is no chess master

    CNN.com - Top Stories
    21 Dec 2014 | 4:43 pm
    Critics have pounded President Barack Obama for being upstaged by the Russian President Vladimir Putin, but Russia's economy is plunging into a recession and Obama's got more to back up his tack on the world stage.
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    ALLERGIES - Google News

  • Peanut allergies: Does early introduction to peanut products increase risk? - Syracuse.com

    20 Dec 2014 | 9:09 am
    Syracuse.comPeanut allergies: Does early introduction to peanut products increase risk?Syracuse.comFor every parent, the first time you leave your baby in someone else's hands is scary, but for parents of a child with peanut allergies, it can be downright terrifying. Over the last few months, I've talked to a few experts in the field - many of whom and more »
  • Holiday Trimmings Can Trigger Allergies - U.S. News & World Report

    20 Dec 2014 | 7:10 am
    Holiday Trimmings Can Trigger AllergiesU.S. News & World ReportSATURDAY, Dec. 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The holidays can be anything but joyous for people with allergies when they contend with fresh trees, scented candles and other allergy triggers. "The dust from the boxes and on the decorations that have been ...and more »
  • Trained teachers, staff to treat allergic students under Pennsylvania law - Tribune-Review

    18 Dec 2014 | 8:50 pm
    Trained teachers, staff to treat allergic students under Pennsylvania lawTribune-ReviewThe Burnheimer family was visiting family in Ohio when 8-month-old Madalin had an allergic reaction to something in wheat puffs that nearly killed her. “Her face just started swelling to the point where you couldn't recognize her,” said Madalin's mom
  • Food Allergies in Children Can Turn Serious Quickly - NY1

    18 Dec 2014 | 12:27 pm
    NY1Food Allergies in Children Can Turn Serious QuicklyNY1Food allergies can be common, especially in kids. But in some cases, they can turn very serious, very quickly. NY1 breaks down what to look for, and how to treat them. NY1's Jill Urban filed the following report. A few years ago, while on the subway How to Tell if Your Baby Has Food AllergiesThe Stirall 10 news articles »
  • Sean Parker pledges $24 million to launch Stanford allergy research center - Palo Alto Online

    18 Dec 2014 | 7:52 am
    ABC6OnYourSide.comSean Parker pledges $24 million to launch Stanford allergy research centerPalo Alto OnlineAllergies, whether they are to food, drugs, the environment, or other triggers, have potentially adverse consequences for millions of people worldwide. Recent estimates conclude that between 30 and 40 percent of the global population suffers from one Napster co-founder donates $24M to allergy researchMother Nature Network (blog)Napster Co-Founder to Invest in Allergy ResearchABC6OnYourSide.comEntrepreneur Sean Parker pledges $24 million for creation of allergy research Oroville Mercury…
 
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  • Peanut scares: Does early introduction to nut products increase risk?

    20 Dec 2014 | 1:22 pm
    For every parent, the first time you leave your baby in someone else's hands is scary, but for parents of a child with peanut allergies, it can be downright terrifying. Over the last few months, I've talked to a few experts in the field - many of whom are parents themselves.
  • Home Improvement: Don't let allergies spoil your holidays

    19 Dec 2014 | 4:34 pm
    Studying a recent survey by Claritin - one which highlighted allergy prevalence during the holiday period - our eyes narrowed. And our interest spiked.
  • Teva Announces FDA Approval of QNASL (Beclomethasone Dipropionate)...

    19 Dec 2014 | 8:20 am
    Teva Announces FDA Approval of QNASL Nasal Aerosol for Treatment of Children with Seasonal and Perennial Allergic Rhinitis Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd., announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved QNASL 40 mcg for the treatment of nasal symptoms associated with allergic rhinitis in children 4-11 years of age. QNASL 40 mcg is a lower dose formulation of QNASL Nasal Aerosol , a waterless intranasal corticosteroid spray currently available by prescription for adults and adolescents for the treatment of nasal symptoms associated with AR.
  • Nuvo ResearchA reports that all patients have completed Phase 2...

    18 Dec 2014 | 6:24 am
    The Company expects to release the top-line results of the study in mid-February of 2015. "We are excited to have completed the 16-week patient treatment and monitoring phase of the study and we expect to release top-line results in & Immunology Group.
  • Tech titan Sean Parker gives $25 million to Stanford to cure allergies

    17 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    Billionaire Silicon Valley venture capitalist Sean Parker says he has been hospitalized 14 times for allergic reactions in the past four years. That's one reason he's donating $25 million to Stanford University to find a cure for allergies.
 
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  • Moms of food-allergic kids need dietician's support

    18 Dec 2014 | 5:13 am
    Discovering your child has a severe food allergy can be a terrible shock. Even more stressful can be determining what foods your child can and cannot eat, and constructing a new diet which might eliminate entire categories of foods. Providing parents with detailed, individual advice from a dietician is a key component of effective food allergy care, experts say.
  • Multiple allergic reactions traced to single protein

    17 Dec 2014 | 11:10 am
    A single protein has been identified as the root of painful and dangerous allergic reactions to a range of medications and other substances. If a new drug can be found that targets the problematic protein, researchers say, it could help smooth treatment for patients with conditions ranging from prostate cancer to diabetes to HIV.
  • Most patients do not use inhalers, epinephrine autoinjectors correctly

    16 Dec 2014 | 11:41 am
    For people with asthma or severe allergies, medical devices like inhalers and epinephrine autoinjectors, such as EpiPen, can be lifesaving. However, a new study indicates that a majority of patients often do not use these devices correctly. They conducted an investigation to identify factors associated with incorrect use of inhalers and epinephrine autoinjectors so that health care providers are aware of the problem and can plan better ways to increase proper usage.
  • New floor covering can lead to breathing problems in babies

    15 Dec 2014 | 5:44 am
    New flooring in the living environment of pregnant women significantly increases the risk of infants to suffer from respiratory diseases in their first year of life. This is the result of a study that demonstrates that exposure to volatile organic compounds in the months before and after birth induces breathing problems in early childhood. The scientists therefore recommend that redecoration should be avoided during pregnancy or in the first year of children’s life.
  • Sharing that crowded holiday flight with countless hitchhiking dust mites

    10 Dec 2014 | 11:08 am
    As if holiday travel isn't stressful enough. Now researchers say we're likely sharing that already overcrowded airline cabin with countless tiny creatures including house dust mites.
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  • Obama: Putin is no chess master

    21 Dec 2014 | 4:43 pm
    Critics have pounded President Barack Obama for being upstaged by the Russian President Vladimir Putin, but Russia's economy is plunging into a recession and Obama's got more to back up his tack on the world stage.
  • FSU: Jameis Winston conduct OK

    21 Dec 2014 | 4:26 pm
    Florida State University quarterback Jameis Winston has been cleared by a school panel that considered whether he violated the student conduct code in relation to allegations that he sexually assaulted another student two years ago.
  • Says U.S. behind making of movie

    21 Dec 2014 | 4:06 pm
    North Korea warns that U.S. "citadels" will be attacked, dwarfing the hacking attack on Sony that led to the cancellation of the movie "The Interview."
  • Elton John gets married

    21 Dec 2014 | 3:40 pm
    Sir Elton John and David Furnish are now husband and husband.
  • Muhammad Ali hospitalized

    21 Dec 2014 | 3:40 pm
    Famed boxer Muhammad Ali was admitted to an undisclosed hospital Saturday with pneumonia, spokesman Bob Gunnell said.
 
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  • Teva Announces FDA Approval of QNASL for Children with Seasonal and Perennial Allergic Rhinitis

    21 Dec 2014 | 4:24 pm
    … nasal allergy symptom relief in children with seasonal allergic rhinitis (SAR) and perennial allergic rhinitis … , nasal itching and sneezing. About Allergic Rhinitis Allergic rhinitis is a chronic inflammatory disease … to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI), the prevalence …
  • Compton satisfied with podium finish after asthma issues at Namur

    21 Dec 2014 | 9:42 am
    … mins ago Katie Compton overcame allergies and asthma for a third place … early. The threat of an asthma attack, combined with a missed … crippling leg cramps, hypothyroidism, and allergy-induced asthma that has hindered her at …
  • Asthma and allergy sufferers misusing inhalers and auto-injectors

    20 Dec 2014 | 9:11 pm
    … can affect someone with allergies having an allergic reaction. In either instance … persistent problem in self-management of asthma and allergic disease, was published online … of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. Co-author Dr. Aasia Ghazi, with Allergy and Asthma Specialists …
  • Hi-tech knee replacement to avoid allergy

    20 Dec 2014 | 2:44 pm
    To prevent patients from any allergic reaction from the metal used … that the gold knee was allergy-free and had longer life. Associate … their problem due to metal allergy or excess weight.   “Gold knee … metal release, thereby preventing any allergic reactions. Such implant designs fall …
  • Giant removes chili kits from shelves over undeclared allergens

    20 Dec 2014 | 1:53 pm
    … announcement, people who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to peanuts … life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume this product. Symptoms of food allergies … which he or she is allergic. Allergic reactions can include: hives; flushed …
 
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  • Serious Allergies you Must Know About

    admin2
    4 Dec 2014 | 10:05 pm
    What are Allergies? The constitution of every human being is different. Thus your body will react to certain alien items very differently from that of your friend. You may have seen that your friend avoids sea food because she gets rashes from them and your uncle stays away from cats because he starts sneezing when the felines are around. This just means that there are certain agents (allergens) that react with their body adversely and affects their cardiovascular and nervous system. At times these reactions can be dangerous and might cause severe difficulty in breathing. You may even need to…
  • 7 Most Common Food Allergy Symptoms

    admin2
    26 Oct 2014 | 11:03 pm
    Food allergies are those common types of allergies which are caused due to intake of certain foods which a person might be allergic to. The allergy leads to certain symptoms and even serious results in some of the cases. Thus it is important to identify which food has caused the allergy so that it can be avoided. Different foods might cause different symptoms but there are some common signs to identify food allergies and they are given as follows: 1. Difficult to Breathe or Swallow Out of all the other common symptoms of food allergies, one of the most common is the difficult to breathe after…
  • 3 Steps to Control Childhood Asthma in your Kid

    admin2
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:53 am
    When a child is diagnosed with asthma, the situation can be scary not just for the child but also for the parents. Asthma is a lifelong condition which can affect life’s events and activities in many ways and is something which no one can totally cure. But, with some steps, parents can help control childhood asthma and make life easier for the child.  The following are some steps to control this condition in your kid: 1. Learn the Triggers and Avoid them The very first step to control asthma in your child is to learn what triggers the asthma attacks in your child and avoid those…
  • Wish to Say Goodbye to Asthma Triggers? Find Out How

    admin2
    12 Oct 2014 | 10:42 pm
    Asthma is a lifelong condition which can have different levels of affects and severity for different patients but still restricts each one of them from performing activities and engaging in tasks.  Asthma is triggered due to certain allergens, which may be different from different people. Not just for asthma patients but even for non-asthmatics, keeping away from dust, dander, pollutants, smoke and dander is recommended.  These pollutants get absorbed in the tissues and the fat cells and over a period of time, these can cause imbalances in the body leading to asthma. To say good bye to…
  • Asthma Treatment Guidelines For The Elderly

    admin2
    7 Oct 2014 | 10:36 pm
    When certain elderly persons suffer from asthma, then its treatment or management can be very challenging.  This is so because older patients have a poorer perception of their asthmatic condition of the symptoms when compared to the younger persons.  Moreover the suppressed recognition and the tolerance of the symptoms also contribute to the increase in morbidity in older asthma sufferers. Another reason why older patients may face difficulty in asthma management is because they have problems in utilizing prescribed medicines.  This could be because of the mechanical difficulties in using…
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  • How An Air Purifier Filter is Like a Night Club

    17 Dec 2014 | 1:01 am
    Yes, I know what you're thinking. How could an air purifier be anything like a night club? When you think about some of the different layers of filtration, you have some of the usual suspects that you may find at any trendy club. Let's start at the door. The first person you often see if someone checking IDs. This person also turns away people who aren't dressed appropriately or anyone who seems like they might cause problems once inside. This character is a lot like your HEPA filter. Pollen, dander, dust, and other D-list celebrities (Note to Bruce Campbell - You're in!)…
  • Specialized VOC Filtration in New AirPura C600DLX

    11 Dec 2014 | 4:10 am
    Since we first introduced them this spring, the AirPura line of HEPA air purifiers has been steadily climbing in popularity. With the largest coverage area of any residential air purifier, the quietest operation, and a simplistic yet highly effective design, it's no wonder why these models have been garnering the attention of anyone wanting to improve their indoor air quality. There has been a good deal of interest in some of the other models that AirPura makes, and in response to this, we're expanding our offering! As the first expanded model, we're taking the C600, which is…
  • Last Day to Save 15% & Win $500 VISA

    4 Dec 2014 | 12:41 am
    Today is your last chance to take advantage of our Black Friday/Cyber Monday savings. You have until midnight tonight to take 15% off your purchase by using promo code SHOP14 when you check out. Take 15% off air purifiers, HEPA vacuum cleaners, allergy bedding and organic blankets, top quality home humidifiers, and all the products you want to make this holiday season an allergy-free one!Also ending today is the the Reliable steam cleaner sale. Take up to $100 off select Reliable steam cleaners. Sanitize and deep clean your home for holiday visitors, removing dirt, grime, and killing viruses…
  • The Ickey Shuffle and Asthma Awareness

    1 Dec 2014 | 7:12 am
    Being an Ohio native, though admittedly not a big Bengals fan, I found the recent Geico ad featuring Ickey Woods hilarious. I watched Woods run the ball for years with the Bengals, but seeing him do his "Ickey Shuffle" then spike a package of cold cuts at the deli counter cracked me up. Though humorous, the ad has given Woods a new avenue to promote a cause that effected him very personally - asthma.In 2010 his son, Jovante, died of a severe asthma attack. A student athlete who was just 16 years old at the time, Jovante had been diagnosed with asthma at the age of two. In honor of his son,…
  • Black Friday Sale & $500 Gift Card Drawing

    26 Nov 2014 | 2:15 am
    It's finally here, our annual AchooAllergy.com Black Friday/Cyber Monday sale! This year we are offering 15% off your order, AND each order enters you into a drawing for a $500 prepaid VISA gift card.* Shop now until middnight on December 4th, 2014 to take advantage of savings on air purifiers, allergy bedding, HEPA vacuum cleaners, humidifiers and more! Whether you've been putting off a purchase in the hopes of getting the best deal or are simply looking to treat yourself to the best this holiday season, you can now save and earn the chance to make your holiday shopping even sweeter.
 
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  • Cyber Monday Allergy Sales

    1 Dec 2014 | 6:46 am
    Cyber Monday Olivers Labels 25% off site wide, including gift cards Vermont Nut FreeCyber Week-end Sale!! There are still 2 days left. Shop now through Monday, December 1st Shop now and save 10% off your entire order by typing in the code CYBER10 while in the shopping cart before proceeding to checkout. Offer applies to product only - not applicable on shipping charges. From Peanut Free Planet Every order placed before cyber Monday Midnight PST will automatically receive a free gift pack. Premium Chocolatiers20% off across the board on everything - today only! Use promo code cybermonday…
  • Teal Pumpkin Project

    22 Oct 2014 | 8:58 am
    We have ALWAYS offered non food items for Trick or Treaters. Even as a child my Father bought a 100 pack of Halloween Pencils, that lasted us years of visitors. Party Packagers offers a large section of non food items, Skeleton sun glasses, sheets of stickers and more many more items. I'll also offer candy in a seperate bowl. My local dollar store was out of teal paint so I'll mix my blue, green and a little white paint together, to get teal paint. Allergy Safe Candy Allergy Concerns: Paint Made From Nuts Paint Made From Milk Paint Made From Eggs
  • Shaking Hands, and Washing Hands

    20 Aug 2014 | 12:54 pm
    Years ago I was at service, before the end of the service the Minister said that she just got over a cold and would not be shaking hands after the service. After service she kept her hands tucked away as she greeted people, sometimes greating people with a nod of the head. I was impressed with this act, and it stuck with me, as an act of kindness. I usually avoid being out and about at the peek of an illness, I have however copied the act, expressing that I'm getting over a cold and don't wish to share my germs, then gave a small nod, of respect to my greater. I have also declined a hand…
  • No No's Are Here

    15 May 2014 | 11:18 am
    No No's have been Launched! From Premiumc Chocolatiers Delicious Vegan Colored Chocolate candies made of our famous Milkless chocolate. Net Wt. 3 oz. All Natural. Milk Free, Peanut Tree Nut Free, Gluten Free, Egg Free, Vegan. All dairy free, nut free, and gluten free chocolates to indulge chocolate lovers of all types. These are suitable for those with milk allergy, peanut/ tree nut allergy, and egg and gluten allergy and sensitivities. Vegetarians, Vegans, and Lactose Intolerant as well as Kosher Pareve consumers and food allergy sufferers can now enjoy quality milk like, though dairy free…
  • Allergy Awareness Books in Libraries

    21 Mar 2014 | 6:35 am
    News From No Biggie Bunch50 States - 500 Libraries Already making a difference! The No Biggie Bunch is on a mission to put bundles of books in 500 US public libraries across the nation. Thanks to tremendous support in our first week, over 175 libraries are already slated to receive books. 325 to go, and we're committed to reaching our goal! Anything you can do to spread the word or contribute to 50 States-500 Libraries will help put these food allergy resources for kids in libraries across the nation, reaching the little hands that need them most. Each state in the US is at a different level…
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  • Milk Allergy Mom Features

    Jamie Kaufmann
    21 Dec 2014 | 12:27 pm
    We are so grateful for all the companies and bloggers who have featured our work here at Milk Allergy Mom.  We look forward to adding more features as our work here continues.  Thank you to our readers and supporters for making all our efforts worth it.  We appreciate you all.  SO DELICIOUS10 Childhood Treats Made Dairy FreeFeaturing our muffin cup Mac N CheeseGO VEGGIE!Navigating School Lunches for Kids with Food AllergiesFour links to our lunch seriesSILKAmazing Autumn Recipes Contest WinnerOur Pumpkin Chocolate Chip MuffinsDAIYATop Tips for Food Allergy MomsSidebar…
  • Dairy-Free & Egg-Free Peanut Butter Cookies

    Jamie Kaufmann
    21 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    I remember making peanut butter cookies with my mom when I was little.  I got to do the sugar-rolling and "fork design" part.  When we added chocolate, I got to do the thumbprint and kiss. Yes, the MILK chocolate Hershey Kiss.  Sadly, I can't do this process exactly the same with my milk allergy boy.  But I've come up with a pretty good alternative!  Thanks to dairy-free margarine and chocolate, we were able to pull these cookies off.  They taste just like I remember.  :)  And of course I let my boys do the sugar-rolling, thumb-printing, and…
  • Ibotta App ~ Rebates on Allergy-Free & Natural Foods

    Jamie Kaufmann
    20 Dec 2014 | 3:21 pm
    As many of you know, I am a fan of saving money where I can (food allergies are costly) and the Ibotta app for smart phones is one of my very favorite money-saving methods! This is not a coupon app, it's a "money-back" app.  You check in after you purchase qualifying products and Ibotta will send money-back once you have acquired $10 for redemption.  You don't have to mess with the app at the cash register, which my husband likes.  You do everything at home.  If you are super coupon savvy, you can use store and manufacturer coupons…
  • Dairy-Free & Egg-Free Apple Cinnamon Cookies

    Jamie Kaufmann
    20 Dec 2014 | 8:06 am
    Original Post:  10/16/09We are fans of these cookies, a nice change from chocolate chip.  And it's a pretty frugal cookie for when you don't want to use up expensive dairy-free chocolate.  These were huge around our house when our apple tree was thriving.  Now that it's sadly, uh, dying...I miss having the abundance of apples, but I will still buy them to make these cookies.  Hope you enjoy them, too. Dairy-Free, Egg-Free Apple Cinnamon Cookies1/2 cup dairy-free butter1 cup packed brown sugar1/3 cup apple juice2 cups flour1 tsp baking soda1/2 tsp salt2 tsp cinnamon1…
  • Sign Up for FDA Food Labeling Alerts

    Jamie Kaufmann
    19 Dec 2014 | 9:44 am
    I always appreciate seeing food allergy labeling recalls on food allergy Facebook pages, but I recently signed up to get them sent right to my email from the Food & Drug Administration.  This is a great way to make sure I don't miss anything.  And you can do this, too.  Did you know that most of the FDA recalls are due to mislabeling?  It's important for us to get these notices!CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP FOR FDA FOOD RECALLS
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    Our Story : The Good, The Bad, And The Food Allergies

  • MPM 12/15/14

    ChupieandJ'smama (Janeen)
    15 Dec 2014 | 5:57 am
    Christmas is getting close!  I'm not ready.  I'm behind this year.  I do not have my cards out.  I have baked no cookies.  Nothing is wrapped.  I still have gifts to buy.  But I'm trying not to sweat it.  Trying...Hubs' company Christmas was at our house over the weekend.  Everything has since been cleaned up and I'm now ready to concentrate on finishing up my Christmas to do list.  Deep Breath
  • This Blog Is Brought To You By A Blog Slacker

    ChupieandJ'smama (Janeen)
    8 Dec 2014 | 7:14 am
    I can't believe how crazy life gets sometimes.  Here I was trying to blog more, and I fell off the face of the earth.  Thanksgiving has come and gone.  Christmas is speeding toward me like a freight train. So I have NO idea where I left off and I'm too pressed for time to go back and look.  I still have my Thanksgiving pictures on my camera so there will be none of those unfortunately.But it was
  • Menu Plan Monday 11/17/14

    ChupieandJ'smama (Janeen)
    17 Nov 2014 | 8:50 am
    Happy super snowy Monday!  At least it's super snowy here.  Having 8-10 inches of snow in mid-November is going to make this a loooooonnnnnggggg winter.  I'm so ready to move south. The kids love it.  The Little Monkey had a fun time playing in it over the weekend.  I'm already over it.  But alas, this is Ohio and there's no escaping it. Menu Plan Friday - Broccoli Cheese Soup, dinner
  • Press Release: Mylan Specialty and Walt Disney Parks Team Up

    ChupieandJ'smama (Janeen)
    11 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    This is excellent news!  Disney is already excellent for dealing with food allergies (at least that's been our experience), but now with the help of Mylan Specialty, they were going above and beyond. Mylan Signs Strategic Alliance Agreement with Walt Disney Parks and Resorts to Enhance Access to EpiPen® (epinephrine) Auto-Injectors EpiPen® Auto-Injector Locations Designated on Updated Guide
  • Book Review: An Overview Of Food Allergies For Parents In Need Of Answers

    ChupieandJ'smama (Janeen)
    10 Nov 2014 | 9:19 am
    A while ago, I sent an ebook titled An Overview Of Food Allergies For Parents In Need Of Answers.  This is a free E-Book and can be found over at My Kids Food Allergies.  The book is written by Kathy Penrod and Mary Ellen Ellis. It's great book for parents who are just venturing into the world of food allergies, but it's also helpful for those of us who feel we are seasoned veterans.The book
 
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  • Udi’s Gluten-free December 2014 Contest, #EatDrinkBeMerry

    19 Dec 2014 | 6:52 am
    Udi's Gluten Free #EatDrinkBeMerry sent me some of my favorite tree nut-free gluten-free bread - white French rolls,  cinnamon raisin bread and bagels and their white bread and bagels -  in support of their contest where *you* can win some of their goodies. Here's one of my favorite weekend morning recipes using Udi's white bread: 7 Essential Ingredients for French Toast. Even simpler, yet equally delicious: cinnamon sugar toast. My bubby would make this for me as a snack when I was little and it never disappoints as a snack, breakfast or after dinner treat:White bread…
  • Food Allergy Counseling: Study from Northwestern Medicine: Risk Taking Behavior Among Adolescents with Food Allergy

    12 Dec 2014 | 6:30 am
    My colleague, Dr Ruchi Gupta sent me the following information about a study she is conducting for teens ages 14-22.  "The goal of this study is to learn more about the risk taking behaviors of food allergic adolescents – both in regard to general risk taking and risk taking as it relates to food allergy."  *Nota Bene: I am in no way involved in any aspect this study.*More information is below from Dr Ruchi Gupta at Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University:Study Overview: Researchers at Northwestern Medicine are conducting a research…
  • Recipe: Pumpkin Spice Cake With Cinnamon Marshmallow Frosting

    8 Dec 2014 | 8:46 am
    As my friend Chris said: my cupcake is wearing a "jaunty beret" of frostingThis is less of a recipe for more like semi-barely-not-really-homemade-but-I-did-use-my-mixer-and-bake-it homemade and all delicious.  I’ve always been severely allergic to tree nuts and seafood (and OAS to some fruits and veg) but since becoming intolerant to wheat, dairy and soy ten years ago, my baking from scratch has been curtailed. *Here a link to an explanation from AAAAI.org about the difference between allergy and intolerance.* Food allergy friendly mixes have saved the day and I have a few…
  • Food Allergy Counseling: Family, Holidays and Food Allergies

    5 Dec 2014 | 8:54 am
    I read this New York Times opinion piece by Frank Bruni about his Italian American family - On Thanksgiving, an Abundance That's About Much More Than Food - and his Thanksgiving which he likens to “…. a forced march, only a catered one, with prosciutto” and thought, even though my family is not Italian American, anyone with food allergies can relate to the sentiment, especially on Thanksgiving. Bruni goes on to say: “We Italian-Americans exalt food because we Italian-Americans exalt family. They’re intertwined. Indistinguishable.”Many cultures express…
  • Interview: Chef Matt Abdoo, Del Posto

    1 Dec 2014 | 5:30 am
    November centerpieceCool, marble floors. Low, romantic lighting. A dark wooden bar. A sweeping staircase headed to parts unknown. Even at 9:00am, Del Posto is stately; a Tuscan Castle dropped onto Tenth Avenue. Which is exactly what happened ten years ago when the B&B grouptransformed a former Nabisco factory into their New York Times four star rated restaurant Del Posto. (Read the glowing review here, written by Sam Sifton’s deft and poetic hand.) Against the cool floors and steep prices, there is a ton of warmth to be had. It’s emanating from the…
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  • Prize-Winning Cinnamon Roll Sugar Cookies

    Alisa Fleming
    21 Dec 2014 | 8:49 am
    This recipe for cinnamon roll sugar cookies came into my email last year, as an entry in one of our recipe contests from the wonderful Sarah Hornacek of Sarah Bakes Gluten Free. Sarah doesn’t just bake gluten-free – she creates sweet recipes that are also dairy-free, egg-free, vegan, and often made without top allergens, like […] The post Prize-Winning Cinnamon Roll Sugar Cookies appeared first on Go Dairy Free.
  • Individual Super-Veggie Pot Pies

    Alisa Fleming
    19 Dec 2014 | 5:47 am
    I was just getting used to the language shift from “vegan” to “plant-based”, when Heather Crosby swooped in with her own upgraded term for eating a diet without animal products: plant-powerful. Her new book, YumUniverse (named after her popular blog), focuses on “plant-powerful” living with whole foods and recipes that are vegan and gluten-free … […] The post Individual Super-Veggie Pot Pies appeared first on Go Dairy Free.
  • DF Mavens Dairy-Free Ice Cream Bars

    Alisa Fleming
    18 Dec 2014 | 5:46 am
    Oh. My. Goodness. DF Mavens Dairy-Free Ice Cream Bars are going to be the death of me. Any desires that I had to cutback on sweets were completely dashed by these amazingly decadent frozen desserts. The initial release of DF Mavens Dairy-Free Ice Cream Bars included 5 very assorted varieties, some with an almond base, […] The post DF Mavens Dairy-Free Ice Cream Bars appeared first on Go Dairy Free.
  • Homemade Dairy-Free Peppermint Patties

    Alisa Fleming
    17 Dec 2014 | 11:28 am
    As 2014 comes to a close, I’ve got part six of our Pure Chocolate Wisdom series, sponsored by Pascha Chocolate. I hand-picked Pascha Chocolate for Go Dairy Free, as it is made in a top allergen-free facility (dairy-free, nut-free, gluten-free, and even soy-free!), and is certified organic, vegan, fair trade, kosher, and non-GMO verified. They even […] The post Homemade Dairy-Free Peppermint Patties appeared first on Go Dairy Free.
  • Almond Breeze Almond Coconut Milk

    Alisa Fleming
    16 Dec 2014 | 2:32 pm
    Back in the day, soymilk was the only dairy-free milk option. I didn’t have a problem with it, but when Almond Breeze emerged (perhaps a decade ago?), I was immediately smitten. The brand hasn’t changed all that much over the years, but to keep up with the rising trend of unique dairy-free milk alternatives, Almond […] The post Almond Breeze Almond Coconut Milk appeared first on Go Dairy Free.
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  • Happy Nut-Free Holidays: Nut-Free Candy & Treats Finds, Holiday Party Tips and More

    10 Dec 2014 | 9:54 am
    Nut-free holiday cookies: you'll find the recipe in this post. Read on.One holiday down, a few more to go! Holiday time is very busy for all of us, so I wanted to share some of my most popular holiday posts in a sort of "roundup" blog post.I've included links to posts on nut-free holiday candy you can find at the supermarket, recipes for nut-free treats and holiday party tips that allow you to have a safe and healthy time with food-allergic family members. (Also see the post just before this one for info on navigating those holiday dinners with food allergies).Food allergies can be very…
  • Coping with Food Allergy Dilemmas at Thanksgiving

    13 Nov 2014 | 2:02 pm
    Just before Halloween, I read a post on a local parenting magazine Facebook page that went something like this: "I'm concerned about Thanksgiving and I need advice. My two-year-old is severely allergic to nuts and my mom insists that she have out bowls of nuts placed around the house and also in the foods served at the table. She won't listen to me when I explain the dangers. What can I do?"My heart went out to this woman because after all, it's her own mother that is telling her "No, I won't accommodate you or my grandson." Ouch. Many commenters (myself included) told her that she's not…
  • Chicago-Area Friends: Halloween Candy Trade-In at Nutphree's Cupcakes -- Last 2 Days!

    6 Nov 2014 | 9:52 am
    Hi everyone! I have a timely new message for my Chicagoland readers! (And I apologize, I meant to have this up earlier. I've been light on the posts lately just due to life in general and the fact that I'm revising a book and trying to finish before New Year's. :))Back to the news: The wonderful Nutphree's Cupcakes (one of my site sponsors) has this to say about all that candy the kids with food allergies may have collected a few days ago but can't eat: "We’re happy to be hosting our Trade Your Candy for a Cupcake program again this year. Kids can bring in their well-earned haul from…
  • Halloween, Holidays and Nut Allergies: What's In Your Food?

    6 Oct 2014 | 1:31 pm
    That's Nancy Drew on the left. :)It's official: we've embarked on the holiday season. How do I know? Well, besides the fact that every store is screaming Halloween, with some Thanksgiving and Christmas creeping in on those side aisles, Love Actually was on TV this weekend and the Hallmark network is starting their Christmas movie season on October 31st! Yep, you read that right.I love the holidays but there is one thing that drives me a little bit nuts and that's, well, peanuts and tree nuts showing up in unexpected places. We can have lots of fun at this hectic time but we've got to be…
  • It's Nut-Free Candy Corn Time Again! Peanut-Free, Tree Nut-Free and Yummy

    10 Sep 2014 | 10:51 am
    On my Twitter feed today, I shared a funny graphic featuring a burly Game of Thrones actor suited up for battle and posing with the caption: Brace Yourselves, Pumpkin Flavored Everything Is Coming!Just as an example, I think Starbucks already has its pumpkin spice latte for sale (but don't quote me on that.) I just know that I read an article stating that treat is being introduced earlier than last year. And that's just the tip of the pumpkin spice-flavored iceberg.When pumpkin-flavored everything is arriving in our stores and eateries, that means that it's time to start scouting out the…
 
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  • Brave new world of immunotherapy - Twitter summary from 2014 #ACAAI meeting

    Ves Dimov, M.D.
    19 Dec 2014 | 5:30 am
    Dr Hal Nelson discussed whether to "retire" traditional SCIT in favor of SLIT drops, rush and cluster SCIT. Dr Hal Nelson offered his insights about the future of immunotherapy now that SLIT tablets are here.Rush IT works but adverse reactions still remain in the double digits even with pre-medication. Cluster IT involves multiple injections in one day. It gets patients to maintenance and symptom relief quicker and is generally safe. Cluster immunotherapy - 15 injections over 6 wks vs. 13 injections over 13 weeks, the rates of systemic reactions were similar (3% and 4%). Systemic reaction…
  • What's New in Food Allergy? Twitter summary from 2014 #ACAAI meeting

    Ves Dimov, M.D.
    18 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    Alessandro Fiocchi and Robert A Wood presented this workshop. Egg allergy is the only food allergy that can present at birth, suggesting prenatal factors involved in sensitization. There are limits of the 'prohibitionist approach' to food allergy care. Supplemental probiotics don't substantially alter intestinal microbiota, which is why we haven't yet seen robust effects. 8 foods cause 90% of food allergies (click to enlarge the image). The likelihood of a negative oral food challenge is shown in relation to the respective values of skin prick test (SPT) and serum IgE (sIgE).Potential…
  • Why is there an Allergy Epidemic? Twitter summary from 2014 #ACAAI meeting

    Ves Dimov, M.D.
    17 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    This is a summary of the debate Hygiene Hypothesis/Microbiome vs Climate Change.According to Dr Portnoy, CO2 on Mauna Loa went from 320 ppm to 400 ppm from 1960 to 2010, sunlight goes in, heats up the Earth and can't get out. Health effects of CO2: rodent and insect borne diseases, changes in seafood borne diseases, contamination of drinking H2O, etc. There's an association with CO2 and allergy epidemic. Increasing levels of CO2 production lead to increase of ragweed pollen production and potency. This also explains increased ragweed allergy in cities (where there is more CO2) than in rural…
  • Turbinates to Bronchioles: the one airway concept in asthma treatment - Twitter summary from 2014 #ACAAI

    Ves Dimov, M.D.
    15 Dec 2014 | 4:30 am
    Allergies and asthmaDr. Tim Craig discussed adult asthma: Defining allergies in asthma can allow to develop plans for avoidance, determine if immunotherapy, or monoclonals are indicated. @DrAnneEllis: In one of Craig's studies, 95% of asthmatics had positive skin tests. Much higher than what I see in my practice.The rates of positive skin tests are higher in those whose asthma onset was before the age of 30. In a cohort of NON-allergic asthmatics, there were more females and cough was the prominent symptom. Those asthmatics with cat allergy had lowest PC20 values on methacholine challenge, ie…
  • Atopic Dermatitis In-Depth - Twitter summary from 2014 #ACAAI meeting

    Ves Dimov, M.D.
    13 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    "Atopic Dermatitis In-Depth" with Peter Lio and Mark Boguniewicz: Dr Lio is a dermatologist from Chicago who is especially interested in AD. “Many allergists feel abandoned by the dermatologists in the care of severe atopic dermatitis”. Dr Lio says as a dermatologist, he is an 'externist' rather than an internist. In darker skin types, it can be difficult to appreciate erythroderma. Comprehensive goal of AD care: Moisturization, Antibiotics, Antipruritics and anti-inflammatories. FilaggrinDr Lio discussed the importance of filaggrin - barrier and moisturization roles. Keratinocytes…
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    Food Allergy Buzz

  • Please Participate in Northwestern Medicine Study re: Risk Taking Behavior, Food Allergies and Adolescents

    5 Dec 2014 | 5:16 pm
    Please see the below information which I received from Northwestern Medicine and consider participating if you meet the eligibility requirements. The study is open until the end of December 2014.  "Study Overview Researchers at Northwestern Medicine are conducting a research study entitled “Risk Taking Behavior among Adolescents with Food Allergy," which is currently enrolling participants.  The goal of this study is to learn more about the risk taking behaviors of food allergic adolescents – both in regard to general risk taking and risk…
  • Kids with Food Allergies Receives Well-Deserved Honor

    14 Nov 2014 | 2:42 pm
    Kudos to Kids with Food Allergies! A well deserved honor! See below press release:KIDS WITH FOOD ALLERGIES HONORED AS 2014 TOP-RATED NONPROFIT Award is Based on Online Reviews (WASHINGTON, DC - November 7, 2014) -- Kids With Food Allergies (KFA), a division of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA), announced today that it has been honored with a prestigious award by GreatNonprofits, the leading provider of user reviews about nonprofit organizations. “We are excited to be named a Top-Rated 2014 Nonprofit,” says Lynda Mitchell, a Vice President at AAFA and Founder of…
  • Food Allergy Friendly Halloween Treats from A&J Bakery

    11 Oct 2014 | 4:55 am
    Recently, we were the happy recipients of a package of food allergy friendly Halloween treats from A&J Bakery. A big thank you goes from my sons and I to A&J!!!There were spooky ghost purple sugar cookies and scrumptious big iced pumpkin sugar cookies--all free of the top 8 allergens!--, lots of candy corn free of peanuts, tree nuts, milk, wheat, and gluten (they do contain soy and egg), and delicious biscotti (their specialty item). I have learned over the years that treats from A&J don't last very long in our house. It is such a treat to get freshly baked food allergy safe…
  • Food Allergy Consumer Alert: Halloween Candy

    2 Oct 2014 | 3:38 pm
    Each year, I find more and more food allergy safe options for my son. We've never missed trick-or-treating due to his food allergies, even though he does not eat any of the candy he gets while trick-or-treating. He is very happy to eat the safe candy I've got ready and waiting at home, and we have so much fun every year. As you consider your Halloween candy purchases (candy corn, marshmallow cremes, etc) and plans, I wanted to share some concerning information with you.  Over the last few years, I have noticed more and more food allergy families mentioning in online forums that they…
  • Food Allergy Consumer Product Review: No-Nut Butter

    14 Sep 2014 | 4:37 am
    Empy jar of No-Nut ButterHave you heard of The Sneaky Chef? If not, I am sure you will read more about her soon!A few months ago, we had the delightful pleasure of sampling the Sneaky Chef's No-Nut Butter. It was so good, I had to pace myself in eating up the samples we had received. The taste and consistency are so reminiscent of peanut butter, it's remarkable! It is made from golden peas, and does not contain any of the top 11 food allergens. The manufacturing facility is peanut-free and nut-free as well. It contains no high fructose corn syrup and the peas and canola oil are…
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  • Peanut Free Planet Cyber Monday Sales

    Ruth LovettSmith
    1 Dec 2014 | 8:19 am
    Our friends at Peanut Free Planet are offering some great Cyber Monday Sales in addition to a free gift pack.
  • Peanut Free Home Made Chocolate Candy Recipe

    Ruth LovettSmith
    15 Nov 2014 | 5:11 pm
    Dealing with food allergies? Try making your own chocolate candy shapes for the holidays. This easy recipe will show you how.
  • Egg Free Apple Cider Doughnut Recipe

    Ruth LovettSmith
    29 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Try this egg apple cider doughnut recipe for a great fall treat. It's delicious and super easy. Did I mention it's egg free?
  • Corn Syrup Substitutes

    Ruth LovettSmith
    16 Oct 2014 | 2:56 pm
    If you are dealing with a corn allergy, you may be looking for corn syrup substitutes for baking. Following are some tips on how to replace the corn syrup in any recipe.
  • Top 10 Tips for Allergy Safe Trick or Treating

    Ruth LovettSmith
    15 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    Halloween is fast approaching and is one of those holidays that makes many a food allergic parent more than nervous. I've compiled a list of tips to help you enjoy a safe evening - worry free.
 
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    FeedBlitz News

  • Hurry up and Wait: Delayed Gratification for Autoresponders

    Phil Hollows
    8 Dec 2014 | 7:28 am
    FeedBlitz has offered comprehensive, multi-step autoresponders for years now. They’re great for saying thanks, delivering incentives, or offering multi-step courses. Couple an autoresponder sequence to other lists using FeedBlitz’s triggers, start a signup with a parser, and you’ve got a very capable automated email marketing solution. A typical autoresponder sequence starts immediately. You sign up for a list, and your incentive is delivered right away. You make your purchase, et voila! A thank you missive is en route, toute suite. It’s what people expect to happen.
  • So long, Zombie Google Reader

    Phil Hollows
    1 Dec 2014 | 6:29 am
    We all know how to stop a zombie, right? Get it in the head. Fine in the movies or “The Walking Dead,” but it’s not so simple for zombie products or technologies. Case in point: Google Reader. The product was “killed” by Google in the middle of 2013, and it was no longer available to end users. So it was dead and buried, right? Wrong. It was a zombie. The back end of Google Reader kept on plugging away, checking feeds, dutifully reporting how many subscribers it was polling on behalf of. Like the Energizer bunny, It kept on going and going and going … until…
  • For the Fallen – We Will Remember Them

    Phil Hollows
    11 Nov 2014 | 4:15 am
    They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning We will remember them. From “For the Fallen” by Robert Laurence Binyon For the benefit of my mostly US audience, in the UK and many other countries we buy paper poppies around the 11th to commemorate those who served and those who fell during the World Wars. The poppies specifically memorialize the killing fields in France and Belgium during WWI where the “lions led by donkeys” on both sides killed each other in…
  • Resolved: Overnight click-through issues

    Phil Hollows
    2 Nov 2014 | 4:57 am
    Although feeds were being served and email sent OK, some publishers experienced click-through issues overnight; the problem has now been resolved. We’re sorry for any inconvenience. Any subscribers seeing an error message now need to simply refresh the page. Today, job 1 is to update our monitors to better detect this kind of issue, which unfortunately went undetected by our automated system health tracking.        Related StoriesFeeds, Clicks and DNS ProblemsSome Metrics May Be Missing TemporarilyFalse Alarms and Click Through Issues Aug 1 
  • The One Easy Gmail Tip for Tracking and Testing

    Phil Hollows
    1 Oct 2014 | 7:48 am
    We recently sponsored the slightly-awkwardly-named-but-totally-worthwhile Type-A Parent Conference in Atlanta, and so naturally the topic of email came up (surprise!), especially in relation to testing email forms with different email accounts. It can be a real pain to create yet another email address for your site, and so we all have only a few addresses to go around. Right? Wrong! If you have a gmail account – and who doesn’t? – you effectively have an infinite number of email addresses. And I was surprised how few of the experienced bloggers and content marketers I met…
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    FactoryPure: New Products

  • Soleus Air TDA70E HCT-D70E-A 70 Pint Portable Dehumidifier

    25 Nov 2014 | 7:25 am
    The Soleus Air fueled by TCL HCT-D70E-A 70-Pint Energy Star Dehumidifier features My Home Mode, a patent-pending technology that now takes the guesswork out of using a dehumidifier. Simply choose from basement, living space or sleeping space for the perfect humidity level in every room of the h..Price: $230.99
  • Soleus Air TDA45E HCT-D45E-A 45 Pint Portable Dehumidifier

    25 Nov 2014 | 7:17 am
    The Soleus Air fueled by TCL HCT-D45E-A 45-Pint Energy Star Dehumidifier features My Home Mode, a patent-pending technology that now takes the guesswork out of using a dehumidifier. Simply choose from basement, living space or sleeping space for the perfect humidity level in every room of the h..Price: $207.99
  • Soleus Air TDA30 HCT-D30-A 30 Pint Portable Dehumidifier

    25 Nov 2014 | 7:12 am
    The Soleus Air fueled by TCL HCT-D30-A 30-Pint Dehumidifier features My Home Mode, a patent-pending technology that now takes the guesswork out of using a dehumidifier. Simply choose from basement, living space or sleeping space for the perfect humidity level in every room of the house. Of cour..Price: $189.00
  • Winix U450 Signature Series Air Purifier

    25 Nov 2014 | 6:38 am
    Authorized Dealer The Winix Signature U450 features our 5-Stage Cleaning System to offe..Price: $379.99
  • Winix P300 Freshome Series Air Purifier

    25 Nov 2014 | 6:32 am
    Authorized Dealer The Winix FresHome P300 True-HEPA Air Cleaner captures all of the uns..Price: $184.49
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    AllerVision Blog

  • The Allergy Family History: A Key Component to Diagnosing an Allergic Condition

    AllerVision LLC
    3 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    Family history plays a large role in diagnosing allergies. Many chronic medical conditions may stem from underlying allergic process: rhinitis, asthma, bronchitis, sinusitis, atopic dermatitis, otitis, conjunctivitis, headache, GI problems and, of course, drug allergies and anaphylaxis. Your physical exam— along with allergy testing — can often help make a specific diagnosis. However the diagnosis begins before you get there. The History is always a key element in the diagnostic process. I have found that, in regards to allergy, the Family Historymay be the most important component of…
  • Thanksgiving Advice for Your Allergy Patients

    AllerVision LLC
    11 Nov 2014 | 10:00 am
    Both pets and foods can cause problems for allergy sufferers at Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is a wonderful holiday for most Americans. Families get together to celebrate each other’s company, watch football, and enjoy some delicious turkey, stuffing and a smorgasboard of trimmings. Sadly, I’ve noticed that the holiday raises several concerns for patients in my allergy practice. For one thing, patients who are highly sensitive to cats or dogs are usually apprehensive of spending Thanksgiving at the homes of their pet-owning relatives. This makes for an uncomfortable situation: do…
  • Treating Your Asthma Patients Using NIH guidelines

    AllerVision LLC
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:14 pm
    Inhalers offer significant relief for many asthma sufferers. But they’re not the only option. In the previous blog post, I discussed assessing control and severity of your asthmatic’s symptoms. Now we will take this stratification and translate it into clinical practice standards. The NIH guidelines provide an algorithm whereby asthma treatment is guided in a step-wise approach. In many ways this is logical but it is not always practical. Below is a review of their step-wise approach along with commentary for real-world clinicians — not just academicians! — based on my…
  • Chart Your Patients’ Asthma Visits Like an Expert

    AllerVision LLC
    14 Oct 2014 | 8:12 pm
    Asthma is often triggered by allergies. Determining the allergy source, with a skin test, can help patients avoid extensive treatment. This time of year brings changing weather and an uptick of respiratory viruses. For most physician offices, asthma visits rise with these trends. The diagnosis of asthma is often not the hard part; patients short of breath with coughing and wheezing make for a simple diagnosis. Other patients come in with the elusive and often undiagnosed cough, and a quick run of the spirometry can provide the answer. But navigating the art of managing and charting your…
  • Acute vs. Chronic Urticaria: What You Need to Know

    AllerVision LLC
    17 Sep 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Urticaria can be both painful and unsightly. Urticaria can be a debilitating condition. Patients suffer with a sometimes diffuse rash along with pruritus that can drive a person crazy. Dermatology offices are often the first referral destination for urticarial patients, but the complex issues surrounding these patients extend beneath the skin. The latest research brings insight to the underlying cause of urticarial lesions. Getting to the bottom of acute urticaria usually involves basic medical detective work. A good history will usually lead you to the diagnosis. The most common culprits are…
 
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  • The Allergy Family History: A Key Component to Diagnosing an Allergic Condition

    AllerVision LLC
    3 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    Family history plays a large role in diagnosing allergies. Many chronic medical conditions may stem from underlying allergic process: rhinitis, asthma, bronchitis, sinusitis, atopic dermatitis, otitis, conjunctivitis, headache, GI problems and, of course, drug allergies and anaphylaxis. Your physical exam— along with allergy testing — can often help make a specific diagnosis. However the diagnosis begins before you get there. The History is always a key element in the diagnostic process. I have found that, in regards to allergy, the Family Historymay be the most important component of…
  • Thanksgiving Advice for Your Allergy Patients

    AllerVision LLC
    11 Nov 2014 | 10:00 am
    Both pets and foods can cause problems for allergy sufferers at Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is a wonderful holiday for most Americans. Families get together to celebrate each other’s company, watch football, and enjoy some delicious turkey, stuffing and a smorgasboard of trimmings. Sadly, I’ve noticed that the holiday raises several concerns for patients in my allergy practice. For one thing, patients who are highly sensitive to cats or dogs are usually apprehensive of spending Thanksgiving at the homes of their pet-owning relatives. This makes for an uncomfortable situation: do…
  • Treating Your Asthma Patients Using NIH guidelines

    AllerVision LLC
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:14 pm
    Inhalers offer significant relief for many asthma sufferers. But they’re not the only option. In the previous blog post, I discussed assessing control and severity of your asthmatic’s symptoms. Now we will take this stratification and translate it into clinical practice standards. The NIH guidelines provide an algorithm whereby asthma treatment is guided in a step-wise approach. In many ways this is logical but it is not always practical. Below is a review of their step-wise approach along with commentary for real-world clinicians — not just academicians! — based on my…
  • Chart Your Patients’ Asthma Visits Like an Expert

    AllerVision LLC
    14 Oct 2014 | 8:12 pm
    Asthma is often triggered by allergies. Determining the allergy source, with a skin test, can help patients avoid extensive treatment. This time of year brings changing weather and an uptick of respiratory viruses. For most physician offices, asthma visits rise with these trends. The diagnosis of asthma is often not the hard part; patients short of breath with coughing and wheezing make for a simple diagnosis. Other patients come in with the elusive and often undiagnosed cough, and a quick run of the spirometry can provide the answer. But navigating the art of managing and charting your…
  • Acute vs. Chronic Urticaria: What You Need to Know

    AllerVision LLC
    17 Sep 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Urticaria can be both painful and unsightly. Urticaria can be a debilitating condition. Patients suffer with a sometimes diffuse rash along with pruritus that can drive a person crazy. Dermatology offices are often the first referral destination for urticarial patients, but the complex issues surrounding these patients extend beneath the skin. The latest research brings insight to the underlying cause of urticarial lesions. Getting to the bottom of acute urticaria usually involves basic medical detective work. A good history will usually lead you to the diagnosis. The most common culprits are…
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  • Holiday Parties: Safety vs. Social Expectations

    Alanna Waldrop
    14 Dec 2014 | 6:43 am
    I have served as a mentor for college students for many years. One of the hard questions that that comes up often is “Would you rather be right or would you rather get what you want and need?” There are many general situations in life when our egos can get in the way of getting what we want and need. For instance, I may argue way too long with someone just to prove I am right instead of working towards a solution that gives me what I needed in the first place. Food allergies can complicate these situations even further. We all have a need for others to understand where we are…
  • Soy Free Macaroni and Cheese

    Alanna Waldrop
    27 Nov 2014 | 7:55 am
    Need an easy dish for your holiday dinner? This macaroni and cheese recipe is super easy, delicious, and it’s my Mother’s recipe, so I can assure you it’s good! It’s also a great weeknight dinner idea.   Soy Free Macaroni and Cheese One package of pasta (Rice pasta or 100% whole wheat pasta work great and should be soy free.) 2 packages (8 oz) extra sharp cheddar, grated (I use Cabot Seriously Sharp) Two Eggs (I have found soy free eggs at Whole Foods) 1-2 cups milk as desired(grass fed or unsweetened alternative milk) Butter (optional-I use Kerrygold grass fed…
  • Holiday Meal Ideas

    Alanna Waldrop
    22 Nov 2014 | 6:43 am
    The holidays are almost here! While it is certainly an exciting time, there are some challenges that anyone with food allergies will be navigating over the next few weeks. I have been having many conversations with family and friends about get-togethers: Should I bring my own food? What are you preparing and what ingredients are you using? What ingredients to I need to substitute to make a dish that is safe for me? I have three main issues that I am personally dealing with right now: 1. This is my first Thanksgiving without soy, and watching others eat traditional Thanksgiving food that I can…
  • Easy Soy Free Snacks

    Alanna Waldrop
    19 Nov 2014 | 3:56 pm
    There are lots of easy soy free homemade snacks out there, and my snacks need to be easily stuffed into my lunch bag for work. Here are some of my favorites: A piece of fruit (apples, pears and bananas are especially easy) Cheese slices Fried cheese (take shredded sharp cheddar, sautee dry in a skillet on medium heat until it turns into a crunchy treat.) Kale chips (easy to bake!) Lara Bars Nuts or Seeds(check for cross contact statements) Homemade Granola Smashed avocado with some sea salt and cilantro (serve with chips) Salsa and avocado stirred together and served with chips A slice of…
  • AllerThrive Food Allergy Coaching LLC

    Alanna Waldrop
    16 Nov 2014 | 10:38 am
    I am pleased to announce that I am in the process of becoming a certified AllerCoach specializing in managing food allergies and special dietary concerns. I have completed my certification in food allergy management and am in the process of completed the final weeks of my training! I will be launching my business, AllerThrive Food Allergy Coaching  LLC in January. I will offer many services including (but not limited to): Training and Education Meal Planning Shopping and Label Reading Cooking Dining Out Advocacy Specialities in College and Workplace support Because many of the benefits of…
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