Teal Pumpkins Light the Way for Allergy – Friendly Halloween

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 five 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, such as toys, available for children with food allergies and medically-necessary dietary restrictions.

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.

Australia – Allergies and anaphylaxis under the microscope

The House of Representatives Standing Committee on Health, Aged Care and Sport has commenced an inquiry into allergies and anaphylaxis in Australia.

The Chair of the Committee, Mr Trent Zimmerman MP, said that allergies were seeing a rapid rise in Australia affecting more than four million Australians.

‘Some will experience a life threatening allergic reaction known as anaphylaxis. Over the last 20 years hospital admissions for anaphylaxis has increased five-fold and has a major impact for so many families, schools and child care centres,’ Mr Zimmerman said.

‘While the cause of the increase in allergies remains uncertain, what is clear is that this is a phenomenon found primarily in wealthier western nations like Australia.

‘Severe allergies can be life threatening and this will be an important opportunity for the Parliament to shine a light on how we can better support those at risk.

‘The Committee will be taking a broad look into the potential and known causes of allergies and anaphylaxis, food and drug allergy management, access and cost of services, as well as treatment and support services,’ Mr Zimmerman said.

‘We’re looking forward to hearing from the public, health professionals, and other organisations on how allergies and anaphylaxis is being handled in the wider community. The Committee will investigate whether there is anything further the Government could be doing to make life easier for people living with allergies and anaphylaxis.’

The Terms of Reference of the inquiry also investigate developments into research and prevention of allergies and anaphylaxis, unscientific diagnosis and treatments being used by some consumers, and the impact of unnecessary drug avoidance due to unconfirmed drug allergies.

Submissions from interested individuals and organisations are invited by Thursday 24 October 2019. The preferred method of receiving submissions is by electronic format lodged online using a My Parliament account.

Further information about the Committee’s inquiry, including the full terms of reference and details on how to lodge a submission is available here Click here:

Sesame allergies may affect 1.5 million Americans – five times more than previously believed

Thirty-two million Americans have food allergies and new research finds more than a million of them are allergic to sesame.

The study by Northwestern University provided the first up-to-date estimates on the current prevalence of sesame allergy among U.S. children and adults in all 50 states. It was published at the JAMA Network Open journal.

Researchers estimate about .49% of the US population reports having a sesame allergy and .23% had what’s called a “convincing,” or true food allergy, with skin, lung, heart or gastrointestinal symptoms.

The study looked at ongoing regulatory rule-making by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration, which is currently considering whether sesame should be added to the list of key food allergens for which mandatory product labeling is required.

At this time, only the labeling of the top eight allergenic foods/food groups is required: peanuts, milk, shellfish, tree nuts, egg, wheat, soy, and finfish (along with proteins derived from them). A change in policy would align with those in Australia, Europe, New Zealand and Canada, which all have sesame labeling requirements.

Mother Warns Food Allergies Can Be In Products You’d Least Expect

Seventh-month-old Lofton Hyde of Baton Rourge, LA. was rushed to the hospital for an anaphylactic reaction after daycare workers dipped his foot in paint for a craft project, paint that apparently had dairy-based ingredients.

His mother Christen Hyde says she had no idea dairy ingredients might show up in craft supplies.

Allergist, Dr. Sandhya Mani, says many parents and caretakers don’t realize how common these ingredients are. Many are not listed on the labels of some craft supplies.
“Children with allergies to milk, wheat, oat, corn, sometimes even soy… these are in multiple arts and crafts projects, including paints, clay, chalk,” Mani explained. She suggests looking for products that list ingredients or are marked allergy-friendly. Mani says it’s a problem that needs to have more awareness brought to it as more kids develop allergies.

U.S. Ruling Backs Airline Passengers With Food Allergies

Airlines must permit passengers to preboard in order to wipe down seats as a precaution against food allergies, the U.S. Department of Transportation says.

The rule includes adults who have food allergies and parents of children with food allergies.

The decision stems after a complaint was filed, the Department of Transportation says severe allergies should be considered a disability and ruled that American Airlines had violated an act similar to the Americans with Disability Act.

Regulators have reiterated that airlines must offer preboarding to passengers with severe allergies to give them extra time to wipe down seating surfaces.

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, 12 May.

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, 4 May.
(Thanks to our friends Globalaai.org for helping us make this happen in Brisbane)

While the Trafalgar Bridge in Perth will ‘Turn It Teal’on Wednesday 15 and Thursday 16 May.
And we are happy to announce that Melbourne has become the latest city to join, and will light up the grand Melbourne Town Hall on Monday 13 May – Saturday 18 May

Thank you to all the great folk that helped make this happen.

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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.”

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.

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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