Archive for May, 2008

Common allergy tests are not interchangeable

Posted by RoseBoccio on May 9th, 2008

From a press release on PRNewswire: “Data published in the May issue of the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology revealed variations in the results of three common allergy diagnostic blood tests used to quantify sensitivities to allergens. The study, conducted by allergy specialists at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, determined that the laboratory results from two other commercial tests for specific IgE were not equivalent to those measured by ImmunoCAP(R) Specific IgE blood test.” Read the details here.

Company alters labeling to increase FA safety

Posted by RoseBoccio on May 9th, 2008

This article from the Centre Daily Times (Pennsylvania) offers more than information on a company’s new labeling. The tips from AllergyMoms.com are right on! Check it out here: “A single, innocent parent oversight resulting in a child’s anaphylactic reaction to one of its allergy-friendly foods recently prompted one company to voluntarily strengthen the food allergy labeling on all of its products.”

Peanut allergy cure in the near future

Posted by RoseBoccio on May 6th, 2008

From FoodNavigator.com comes a story that fuels hope for a future cure for peanut allergy. Discussed at conferences and researched in scientific circles, a peanut allergy cure would mean a better chance of finding cures for other severe food allergies. It may be years away, but the idea alone brings great hope to many.

As the story begins: “Genetically modified plants or immunotherapy may eliminate allergies to peanut within five years, suggests a prominent scientist from Duke University. The comments were made in the current issue of The Lancet.” Read the remainder of the story here.