Food allergies: Tougher labelling law to prevent deaths

The tougher rules are being called "Natasha's law" after a girl who died from a Pret a Manger sandwich.
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ConclusionFood allergy shows substantial geographical variation in prevalence and causative foods across Europe. Although probable FA is less common than self-reported FA, prevalence still reaches 6% in parts of Europe.
Source: The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology: In Practice - Category: Allergy & Immunology Source Type: research
Mast cells play a key role in the development of antigen-induced food allergies. Activated mast cells release several inflammatory mediators that induce local intestinal inflammation and lead to systemic allergy symptoms. This intestinal inflammation stimulates infiltration of mucosal mast cells (MMCs) into the intestinal tract, resulting in expansion of intestinal mast cells. Furthermore, patients with food allergies possess greater numbers of intestinal mast cells than those without food allergies.
Source: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology - Category: Allergy & Immunology Authors: Tags: Letter to the Editor Source Type: research
Giving a baby a new food to try is fun, and it should be. The only concerns parents should have: finding their phones fast enough to document the funny faces and cleaning up the mess that might follow. Yet in recent years, scientific evidence has accumulated quickly on what foods to introduce when and how to best prevent allergies -- leaving parents to keep track of it all.
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Introducing peanuts early may help some babies avoid allergies, according to new guidance from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). The guidelines, published in the journal Pediatrics, update and replace the AAP’s 2008 report on preventing atopic diseases — such as asthma, skin conditions and food allergies — in children. While the science in this area is still developing, the AAP’s new report says that there is more evidence than ever to suggest that purposefully introducing some foods to children early in life may help prevent them from developing food allergies, which affect about 8% of Amer...
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This study — known as the Learning Early About Peanut or LEAP trial — showed that children at high risk of developing peanut allergies who are introduced to peanuts at 4 months to 6 months old had a significantly lower risk of developing a peanut allergy than those who waited until they were 5 years; 1.9% of the kids who had peanuts early developed an allergy, compared with 13.7% of the kids who waited. The LEAP trial formed the basis for Monday’s new recommendations, which encourage the early introduction of peanut products in infants at high risk for allergies. But most babies are not at high risk, and ...
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Authors: Langlois A, Graham F, Bégin P Abstract INTRODUCTION: Food allergy prevalence has increased in recent decades, which has mobilized efforts to develop treatment alternatives. Epicutaneous immunotherapy (EPIT) is a novel method that involves transdermal administration of peanut allergen with the objective to induce tolerance. Recent clinical trials have shown its efficacy at increasing the eliciting dose in children with a favorable safety profile. Areas covered: This review covers the proposed mechanism of action of EPIT in murine models and humans, efficacy and safety data from clinical trials with p...
Source: Expert Review of Clinical Immunology - Category: Allergy & Immunology Tags: Expert Rev Clin Immunol Source Type: research
AbstractMucosal tolerance refers to the physiological process by which exposure of proteins to the mucosal surface preferentially induces tolerance. The route of mucosal administration can determine the type of regulatory T (Treg) cells induced, with the oral route inducing transforming growth factor ‐β‐producing Treg cells and the nasal route inducing interleukin‐10‐secreting Treg cells. Previous studies of oral tolerance to autoantigens in humans, including patients with multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis and diabetes, led to mixed results and negative phase III trials, althoug h oral immunotherap...
Source: Clinical and Experimental Neuroimmunology - Category: Neurology Authors: Tags: Review Article Source Type: research
Conclusions: In conclusion, our report shows that cooked onion can induce severe allergic reactions, suggesting the presence of thermostable components. Moreover, we applied for the first time a B-cell-based approach to the diagnosis of food allergy. This latter approach might also be applied to other allergic conditions. PMID: 30858787 [PubMed]
Source: Advances in Dermatology and Allergology - Category: Dermatology Tags: Postepy Dermatol Alergol Source Type: research
Does cesarean delivery increase the risk of wheeze or food allergy in early childhood compared with vaginal delivery? Might breastfeeding mediate any observed association?American Journal of Epidemiology
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Internal Medicine Journal Article Source Type: news
I read with interest the November 2018 article titled “Cesarean delivery, preterm birth, and risk of food allergy: Nationwide Swedish cohort study of more than 1 million children.”1 This is an excellent start to our full-scope understanding of the variety of perinatal environmental factors that predispose our youngest infants to food allergy. These data bring support to a well-established association between cesarean delivery and increased risk of subsequent diagnosis of food allergy.2 However, I am particularly interested in the data generated in this study demonstrating an inverse association between food all...
Source: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology - Category: Allergy & Immunology Authors: Tags: Correspondence Source Type: research
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