Researchers warn: junk food could be responsible for the food allergy epidemic

(Spink Health) Experts at the 52nd Annual Meeting of the European Society for Paediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition are today presenting the results of a study that show higher levels of advanced glycation end products (AGEs), found in abundance in junk food, are associated with food allergy in children.
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(Boston Children's Hospital) A study by scientists at Boston Children's Hospital and Brigham and Women's Hospital, published today in Nature Medicine, makes a strong case that the national epidemic of food allergy is caused by the absence of certain beneficial bacteria in the human gut. 'The loss of these bacteria acts as a switch that makes children susceptible to food allergy,' says Talal Chatila, MD, director of the Food Allergy Program at Boston Children's and a senior author on the paper.
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ConclusionsOmalizumab appears to be an excellent therapeutic option in children with inadequately controlled severe allergic asthma, allergic rhinitis and rhinosinusitis, with or without food allergy.
Source: Italian Journal of Pediatrics - Category: Pediatrics Source Type: research
Authors: Leung ASY, Leung NYH, Wai CYY, Leung TF, Wong GWK Abstract INTRODUCTION: Prevalence of food allergy is rising in different regions of the world. Asia has not been spared from this epidemic, but epidemiological data have revealed a different pattern of food allergens in this continent. Allergen-specific immunotherapy (AIT) for food allergy (FA), which has been revolutionary as the main focus of research in recent years, needs to be adapted for the different populations in Asia. Areas covered: Recent evidence shows increasing popularity and superiority of AIT over strict food avoidance as the cornerstone of ...
Source: Expert Review of Clinical Immunology - Category: Allergy & Immunology Tags: Expert Rev Clin Immunol Source Type: research
Antibiotics can be lifesaving, but they can have serious downsides — including increasing the risk of obesity when they are given early in life, according to a recent study. Antibiotics kill bacteria. That can be a very good thing when the bacteria are causing a serious infection. But antibiotics don’t limit themselves to killing infection-causing bacteria; they kill other bacteria in the body, too. And that can be a very bad thing. Our bodies are full of bacteria. These bacteria, part of our microbiome, are important. Along with other micro-organisms in our body, they play a role in how we digest foods, in nor...
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Source: Pediatric Allergy and Immunology - Category: Allergy & Immunology Authors: Tags: Review Source Type: research
AbstractPurpose of ReviewThis review aims to provide an update of recent advances in the epidemiology, clinical features and diagnosis, and management of food-induced anaphylaxis (FIA).Recent FindingsFood allergy prevalence and FIA rates continue to rise, but FIA fatalities are stable. Basophil and mast cell activation tests promise more accurate identification of food triggers. Oral, sublingual, and epicutaneous immunotherapy can desensitize a significant portion of subjects. Epinephrine use for FIA remains sub-optimal.SummaryAs the burden of food allergy continues to increase, it appears that the corresponding increase i...
Source: Current Allergy and Asthma Reports - Category: Allergy & Immunology Source Type: research
Purpose of review The epidemiology of food allergy did inspire theories on the reasons for the recent surge of the disease. We offer here a reasoned review on the relationships between the trajectories of human development and the trend of the food allergy epidemics. Recent findings The exponential trend of the frequency of food allergy paralleled the explosive acceleration of the human development over the last few decades. Dietary factors have been indicated as responsible for these trends and targeted for potential preventive strategies. Other socio-economic factors have been related to this evolution: solar exposu...
Source: Current Opinion in Allergy and Clinical Immunology - Category: Allergy & Immunology Tags: FOOD ALLERGY: Edited by Alessandro Fiocchi and Motohiro Ebisawa Source Type: research
For people living with gluten sensitivity or celiac disease, eating could be a torment. Can I eat that delicious-looking pastry claimed gluten-free? Does this pasta meal contain gluten? All these burning questions could get a fast response from the Nima gluten sensor which promises to measure anywhere in the world in minutes whether your food contains gluten. As the claim looked too good to be true, The Medical Futurist tested it. Thumbs up for the Nima team. We were highly impressed! Food allergies, gluten sensitivity and celiac disease – an epidemic on the horizon? Food allergy has been referred to as the second w...
Source: The Medical Futurist - Category: Information Technology Authors: Tags: Future of Food food allergy food sensors gluten health sensors Innovation Nima Personalized medicine review wearables Source Type: blogs
The current food allergy epidemic and recent focus on early introduction of peanut has led many allergists to perform more oral food challenges (OFCs).1 Foods are the most common trigger of anaphylaxis in children, and as such, we are seeing an increase in severe reactions.2 It is not controversial that epinephrine is the treatment of choice for anaphylaxis.3 Since the term was first used in 1901, the definition of anaphylaxis has been controversial and only more recently well-defined as “a severe, potentially fatal, systemic allergic reaction that occurs suddenly after contact with an allergy-causing substance.&rdqu...
Source: Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology - Category: Allergy & Immunology Authors: Source Type: research
Food allergy (FA) is an immune-mediated adverse reaction to food, which has become an important global public health problem affecting up to 8% of the children and up to 5% of the adults in the USA, UK, Canada, and Australia. 1 Peanut allergy alone affects up to 1.4-4.5% of infants and young children in these countries, reaching epidemic proportions. The prevalence of food-induced anaphylaxis is presumed to have increased significantly.
Source: Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology - Category: Allergy & Immunology Authors: Tags: Perspective Source Type: research
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