Food allergy - top articles for March 2014

Here are my suggestions for some of the top articles about food allergy for March 2014:

The AAAAI Anaphylaxis Wallet Card is a practical, concise anaphylaxis education mini-handout for pediatric residents

Factors that predict tolerance in children with cow's milk allergy: sIgE levels and STAT6 gene variants

Oral desensitization in children with cow's milk allergy: During the maintenance phase, 60% had an adverse event

8 foods cause 90% of food allergies (click to enlarge the image). The figure above shows the likelihood of a negative oral food challenge is shown in relation to the respective values of skin prick test (SPT) and serum IgE (sIgE).

Presence of food allergy can markedly affect the quality of life of an individual (study)

Topical skin use of mare milk-based cosmetics can lead to protein contact dermatitis and food allergy.

"iTube" attachment for cellphone camera could test cookies for food allergens in near future

Non-Celiac Wheat Sensitivity may be a non-IgE-mediated "food allergy" (study)

US law encourages states to adopt laws requiring schools to have on hand “stock” epinephrine auto-injectors.

The epidemiology of food allergy in Europe: a systematic review (free full text)

Sensitization Rates in Young Germans: Big Numbers - Big Risks - Big Confusion

Oral immunotherapy for cow's milk allergy: Reactions at home required injectable epinephrine in 15.7% of patients

Food allergy affects 5% of adults and 8% of children, with growing evidence of an increase in prevalence

Food allergy: 19% of patients had positive challenge results in an office study. Only 2% of challenges required treatment with epinephrine

New study all over the news: OIT for peanut allergy -- 62% success rate, almost all had vomiting, 50% wheezing -- Oral immunotherapy for desensitisation of peanut allergy in children (STOP II), RCT in Lancet -- No cure for food allergy yet - "New treatment may offer hope for peanut allergy" -- If you suspect that you or your children have food allergies, talk to an allergist. -- Kids With Peanut Allergies Get Some Relief, Study Finds - WSJ

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

Please feel free to send suggestions for articles to allergycases AT gmail DOT com and you will receive an acknowledgement in the next edition of this publication.

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