Australia Triggers Teal This May

Melbourne is the latest Australian city to ‘Turn It Teal’ this May for Food Allergy Awareness Month.

‘Turn it Teal’ was created by Cleveland, Ohio native Stephanie Lowe in 2014, with the goal of lighting as many prominent monuments and buildings as possible to highlight Food Allergy Awareness Month.

At TRIGGER Food Allergy Awareness we are proud to have helped to make the initiative global with the lighting of the Sydney Town Hall in 2017, being the first building outside of North America to turn teal in support of Food Allergy Awareness.
This year the stunning Sydney Town Hall will once again turn teal on Sunday, May 12th.
Last year two more Australian cities, Brisbane and Perth, joined the initiative.
Brisbane will once again light the beautiful Story Bridge and the Victoria Bridge on Saturday, May 4.
While the Trafalgar Bridge in Perth will ‘Turn It Teal’ Wednesday 15th and Thursday 16th of May!
And we are happy to announce that Melbourne has become the latest city to join, and will light up the beautiful Melbourne Town Hall on Monday the 13th to Saturday the 18th of May!
Thank you to all the great folk that helped make this happen.
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May is Food Allergy Awareness Month

May is Food Allergy Awareness Month, a good time to raise awareness about food allergies.

This year, we have teamed up once again with turnitteal.org to turn the world teal, the signature color of food allergy awareness.

‘Turn it Teal’, founded by Cleveland, Ohio native Stephanie Lowe in 2014, was created with the goal of lighting as many prominent monuments and buildings as possible
to highlight Food Allergy Awareness Month an initiative intended to educate the public regarding the seriousness of food allergies.

The lighting of the Sydney Town Hall in 2017 made history, being the first building outside of North America to turn teal in support of food allergy awareness.
This year the stunning Sydney Town Hall will once again turn teal in support of Food Allergy Awareness – Sunday, May 12, 2019.
Last year two more Australian cities Brisbane and Perth joined the initiative.
This year both return, Brisbane will light the beautiful Story Bridge and Victoria Bridge on Saturday, 4th of May 2019!
While the Trafalgar Bridge in Perth will ‘Turn It Teal’ over two nights Wednesday, 15th and Thursday, 16th of May!
Melbourne has become the latest city to join, and will light up the beautiful Melbourne Town Hall on Monday, 13th to Saturday, 18th of May!
Thank you to all the great folk that helped make this happen.

TRIGGER Food Allergy Awareness founder, Grace Farah said: “It was so exciting to see Australian buildings lit in Teal. It’s a great initiative –
people see the building lit and it starts a conversation, but it also shows Australian kids and families dealing with food allergies that Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne and Perth cares and Australia cares. This year, the hope is to see as many other countries, cities and towns come on board and turn their buildings teal and show their support.”

For more information about how you can help your local area ‘Turn It Teal’ visit turnitteal.org or email us at info@triggerawareness.org
Thank You.

An 11-year-old may have died due to an allergic reaction to the smell of cooked fish

Fumes from cooking fish combined with asthma could have killed an 11-year-old Cameron Jean-Pierre on New Year’s Day in New York City.

The city medical examiner has yet to rule on what caused the death but his father Steven Jean-Pierre says that Cameron was at his grandmother’s house when the tragedy occurred.
Cameron became ill shortly after walking inside the home where fish was being cooked on the stove — the family suspects protein particles in the air caused the fatal reaction.

According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (ACAAI), people with fish allergies should avoid areas where fish is being cooked “as proteins may be released into the air during cooking” and cause an allergic reaction.

About 10 percent of people with fish allergies can have airborne reactions.

STUDY: More than One in Ten adults in U.S. has food allergy

New research shows an estimated 26 million adults have a food allergy in the U.S (11 percent).

Research published in the medical journal JAMA assessed answers from a survey that had been taken by 40,000 adult members of the public shows over 10% of US adults have at least one food allergy.

“We often think of allergies as a childhood condition, and we see so many of our children, our young children, developing food allergies,” said Dr. Ruchi Gupta, one of the authors of the study. The research shows, the problem also affects the adult population.

Worryingly, the study also showed that fewer than one in four has a current prescription for epinephrine, the first-line treatment for severe allergic reactions.

The most common allergens for adults were shellfish, peanuts, milk, tree nuts and fin fish.

Life Saving Epinephrine not used in nearly 80% of anaphylactic events

New research presented at the AAP National Conference & Exhibition reveals that many parents of children who require allergy treatment often don’t administer epinephrine.
The researchers said most parents (78.5%) reported that autoinjectors were not used during their child’s allergic reactions.

The most common reason for not using epinephrine was that the reaction did not seem severe enough to warrant epinephrine use (40.3%).
Other reasons included that it was their child’s first allergic reaction and no epinephrine was prescribed at the time.
18.5% of parents reported being too scared or emotional to administer an epinephrine autoinjector at the time.

“Underuse of epinephrine to treat severe allergic reactions continues to be an important area to address with patients and their families,”
Julie Wang, MD, professor of pediatrics in the division of allergy and immunology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai says “Identifying barriers to treating severe allergic reactions will allow targeted education, interventions to optimize management of allergic reactions or both.”

Celebrating Christmas with Food Allergies

Chestnuts roasting on an open fire may make the season bright but for children and adults with food allergies holiday parties and family gatherings can be a real concern.

Here are some tips that could help alleviate worries and allow families with food allergies to enjoy the upcoming holiday season;

PLAN AHEAD

Always, always carry the required medication in case of a reaction.

Check all the expiration dates for all medication and ensure you have an action plan in place.

Go over your action plan and food safety rules with your children so that it is fresh in their minds.

COMMUNICATION IS KEY:

If you are invited to an event at another family’s home then don’t be shy about having open dialogue with the host; i.e. inquire if they have baked or will be serving items with the allergen in question. If they are then offer suggestions of replacement ingredients, etc.

This is an opportunity to educate others; politely discuss your concerns about the food allergens, cross contamination and work on creating a safe environment including asking guests to wash their hands.

Play it safe: Bring your own food: This will reduce your concern about what foods are safe.

Create dishes or platters that can be shared among other guests and will make the food allergy sufferer feel less isolated.

Attach ingredient cards on your food to introduce awareness and encourage others to do the same.

Be vigilant, check labels, check ingredients and have the food allergy sufferer be prepared to say “no thank you” to foods that are not safe for them reiterating that safety always comes first.

There is also the option to celebrate in ways that don’t involve food; make crafts together, take a tour of local homes decorated with Christmas lights, sing Christmas carols etc

With a little prior planning and open communication, your family’s festive season can be a safe and happy one!

Teal Pumpkin Project offers safe Halloween for children with allergies

This Halloween, teal pumpkins will signal safe treats for trick-or-treaters with food allergies as part of the Teal Pumpkin Project, an awareness initiative jointly supported this year by leading food allergy organizations.

Over the past four years, households from every state have participated in the Teal Pumpkin Project, which encourages people to place a teal pumpkin in front of their home to show they have non-food treats available for children with food allergies and medically-necessary dietary restrictions.

“The number of children with food allergies as well as the number of anaphylactic reactions to food have risen dramatically over the last 20 years, and the prevalence of other diseases that cause adverse reactions to food continues to grow, as well,” said FARE CEO Lisa Gable. “Participating in the Teal Pumpkin Project has a collective impact, bringing people together to provide a more inclusive trick-or-treating experience for all. We are excited to join forces with other food allergy organizations who share our commitment to keeping children with food allergies safe and included and hope to see a teal pumpkin on every block in America.”

Virtually any food can cause a reaction. Many popular Halloween candies contain nuts, milk, egg, soy or wheat, which are among the most common allergens. Additionally, many miniature candy items do not have labels, so it is difficult to determine whether these items are safe.

Taking part in the Teal Pumpkin Project is simple: paint a pumpkin teal, or buy one at any number of national retailers, and place it on front of your home to show you have non-food treats. Participants can offer treats, such as glow sticks or small toys, as an alternative to candy.

The Teal Pumpkin Project was inspired by a local awareness activity by the Food Allergy Community of East Tennessee.

To learn more and add a participating home to Teal Pumpkin Project map, visit www.tealpumpkinproject.org.

Epinephrine Nasal Spray for Anaphylaxis Gets Fast Tracked by FDA

INSYS Therapeutics, Inc has announced that the (FDA) has granted Fast Track designation to the company’s epinephrine nasal spray as an investigational treatment for anaphylaxis, an acute, life-threatening allergic reaction requiring urgent treatment.

The Company say that preliminary data (n=60) of patients with seasonal allergies showed rapid absorption of intranasal epinephrine.The bioavailability of the novel epinephrine nasal spray also proved similar to that of intramuscular injection with EpiPen 0.3mg injection.

“This is an exciting milestone for people affected by severe allergies who might be seeking an alternative delivery mechanism for epinephrine,” said Saeed Motahari, president and chief executive officer of INSYS Therapeutics.

U.K. Study – many parents admit to banning children’s friends if they have allergies

Children with food allergies are not being invited to parties and social events because their friends’ parents are terrified of killing or hurting them, new research suggests.

Supermarket Asda, which quizzed 2,000 adults for the survey and found 54 per cent of parents admit to banning youngsters with wheat or nut allergies from after-school events or celebrations.

Of those who are invited, 68% have gone hungry due to their friends’ parents finding it too difficult to cater for their needs, the research adds.

70% of affected youngsters have felt excluded and 68% have gone hungry at the event.
About 5 to 8% of children have a food allergy, with 58% of these having suffered a reaction and 60% being hospitalized as a result. But 47% do not know what caused their reaction and 26% are too shy to reveal they have special dietary requirements.

Jo Johnson, from Asda, said: “Armed with the right help and advice, all households can become an inclusive environment.”

Food Allergy Market is on the Rise

The global food allergy market is expected to grow at an approximate CAGR of 6.6% during the forecast period of 2018-2023.

The Americas holds the largest share of the global food allergy market owing to the increasing prevalence of food allergy, the presence of a well-developed healthcare sector, and huge health care expenditures within the region.

Europe stands second in the market due to the availability of funds for research followed by a huge patient population and strict food regulation standards. On a regional basis, Europe is segmented into Western Europe and Eastern Europe. Western Europe leads the regional food allergy market while Eastern Europe is estimated to be the fastest growing region.

Asia Pacific stands third in the global food allergy market and is projected to be the fastest growing region. The presence of developing economies, rising patient population, and increasing government efforts for a labeling-compliance drive the market within the region.

The Middle East and Africa holds the least share in the global food allergy market owing to the presence of weak economies, lack of awareness, and poor availability of healthcare services, especially within the African region.

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