Food allergy - top articles for August 2012

Here are my suggestions for some of the top articles about food allergy for August 2012:

Food Allergy in Preschool Children: high frequency of reactions caused by accidental and nonaccidental exposures. Undertreatment of severe reactions with epinephrine was a substantial problem. Areas for improved education include the need for constant vigilance, accurate label reading, avoidance of nonaccidental exposure, prevention of cross-contamination, appropriate epinephrine administration, and education of all caretakers.

The most common foods involved in allergic reactions are milk (42% of reactions), eggs (21%), and peanuts (8%). "Food allergies are unpredictable. You can't predict what a reaction will be based on past reactions." While many children outgrow milk & egg food allergies, food challenges should never be done outside of medical settings.

Coffee Anyone? Are You at Risk of Allergy? (editorial review)

Dust of green coffee beans can cause occupational allergy - chitinase of C. arabica identified as the first known coffee allergen Cof a 1. Note: this is inhalational, not food allergy

Red Meat Allergies Triggered by Tick Bite – Allergist Dr Bassett on Fox News

Clinical Allergy and Immunology - 2011 free full text review in Ulster Med J.

A self-regulation intervention can improve quality of life for families with food allergy - JACI

Eating peanut/tree nuts during pregnancy may decrease asthma and rhinitis in children - Danish Birth Cohort study

Why the tests using recombinant, or artificially produced proteins can fail to diagnose peanut allergy

Mothers who are breast-feeding should avoid eating foods to which an infant is allergic - AAAAI Ask the Expert

Two chemotactic cytokines could act as markers of the effectiveness of a desensitization protocol in milk allergy

Dating Anxiety in Adolescents and Young Adults With Food Allergies (study)

Food Allergy Education in a Pediatric Ambulatory Care Setting for the Newly Diagnosed Patient and

Sanofi Announces FDA Approval for Auvi-Q, First Voice-guided Epinephrine Auto-injector

The articles were selected from my Twitter stream @Allergy and Google Reader RSS subscriptions. Some of the top allergy accounts on Twitter contributed links. I appreciate the curation provided by @JuanCIvancevich @AllergyNet @IgECPD4 @DrAnneEllis @AACMaven @AllergieVoeding @allergistmommy @mrathkopf @wheezemd.

Please feel free to send suggestions for articles to and you will receive acknowledgement in the next edition of this publication.

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