Top articles about food allergy in April-May 2012

Here are my suggestions for some of the top articles about food allergy in April-May 2012:

Increasing the accuracy of peanut allergy diagnosis to 60% by using Ara h 2. Measurement of whole peanut-specific IgE (sIgE) is often used to confirm sensitization but does not reliably predict allergy. Ara h 2 is the dominant peanut allergen detected in 90% to 100% of patients with peanut allergy. Sensitivity of Ara h 2 sIgE is 60%, correctly identifying 60% of subjects with true peanut allergy compared with only 26% correctly identified by using whole peanut sIgE. Using a combined approach of plasma sIgE testing for whole peanut followed by Ara h 2 for the diagnosis of peanut allergy, the number of OFCs required is reduced by almost two thirds. http://goo.gl/t21Xn

Universality of Ara h 1, 2, 3 being the major allergens responsible for systemic reactions to peanut is challengeable http://goo.gl/ms4Kw

Management of anaphylaxis in schools: Despite training, school personnel perform poorly when asked to demonstrate EpiPen http://bit.ly/I5R3Ld

Glucosamine is probably safe for patients with shellfish allergy (study) http://goo.gl/jEsph

High total IgE and sensitization to egg at 6 months of age are risk factors for atopic dermatitis after 1 year of age http://goo.gl/uVtP3

Accidental exposure to egg: 21% of allergic children had a reaction in the previous year, 50% took place at home http://goo.gl/XreYS

Effect of precautionary statements on purchasing practices in food allergy: The “not suitable” label is most effective http://goo.gl/cZG1V

CD203c basophil activation test "highly successful" for diagnosis of wheat-dependent exercise-induced anaphylaxis (WDEIA) http://goo.gl/Rm7Th

Oral food challenges are safe, successful, and useful for diagnosis of food allergy but high-risk reactions do occur http://goo.gl/1lpgg

Large number of suspected food allergy diagnoses could be incorrect, leading to unnecessary elimination diets and costs http://goo.gl/nGPv1

When are children with food allergy ready to use EpiPen on their own? Pediatric allergists suggest age 12-14 years http://goo.gl/2TRCh

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