Thankful Thursday – At Least Our Kids Get Diagnosed

My husband’s late grandmother was fond of telling this story: When her oldest child was a baby, in the late 1940s, he had to go into the hospital for a hernia. While there with him, hubby’s grandma noticed several very tiny babies. They were sickly, and she asked what was wrong with them. The hospital staff Read More …

Inside a Food Allergy Study

21 lousy milligrams. That’s all the egg protein it took to induce an allergic reaction in my eldest son. It wasn’t anaphylactic at that level and was controlled with antihistamines, but I can’t help but shake the feeling that this is very allergic. 21 milligrams. That’s 3/1000ths of an egg, folks! Not many people know Read More …

Why are we so upset by the LEAP study?

Not long ago, we all heard about the landmark LEAP study, which found that if we introduce peanut products to at-risk babies early, we may be able to prevent peanut allergies in the majority of them.  But far from celebrating this breakthrough, much of the response from the food allergy community has ranged from lukewarm Read More …

What the new Peanut Findings Mean

The food allergy community was rocked Monday when researchers at the AAAAI Annual Meeting revealed the results of a study stating that early introduction of peanut dramatically reduced the incidence of peanut allergy in children. You can read (one of many) accounts of the study and announcement here. The team identified 640 babies considered to Read More …

The Infamous Australian Study

A study out of Australia was all over the internet a few weeks ago.  Headlines were often exaggerated in the extreme, and many in the food allergy community felt the backlash from well-meaning friends and family. “Check it out!  Probiotics will cure your allergy!  Go get some yogurt now!!!!!” I think this study was great, Read More …

Potential Egg Allergy Study – and how I feel

Last week, I heard of a nearby clinical study for egg allergies.  It will be comparing regular OIT therapy with a different, potentially more “user friendly” version of OIT.  I requested more information, and connected with them just a few short days later. In the time between hearing of the study and talking to someone Read More …

Food Allergy Nature versus Nurture

I honestly didn’t think I would be blogging about the science of food allergies this often, but the articles keep coming!  This article is about a study by a prominent food allergy researcher, Dr. Kari Nadeau, and involves newer, more revealing food allergy blood tests: http://allergicliving.com/2014/12/04/new-blood-tests-aim-to-predict-food-allergies-and-severity/1/ There can be arguments in the food allergy community Read More …