Food Allergy Awareness Week kicks off

Yesterday marked the beginning of Food Allergy Awareness Week, which aims to educate as many people as possible about food allergies and their severity.

Food allergies have been increasing in the U.S. in recent years – up from 3.4 percent of kids younger than 18 in 1997-1999 to 5.1 percent in 2009-2011, according to new […]

New research shows promise for those with peanut allergies

Research into a new technique shows it may decrease a person’s sensitivity to a food to which they are allergic.

It’s called sublingual immunotherapy, or SLIT. In short, it means placing a tiny amount of allergenic material (in this case, peanut) under the allergic person’s tongue (under medical supervision, of course). The study was one […]

New study points to link between eczema, egg allergy and peanut allergy

It’s a unique trio that may provide valuable information about future food allergies.

Results from a recent study have shown that the presence of eczema and egg allergy “strongly predict risk” for developing peanut allergy, according to the Learning About Peanut Allergy (LEAP) study. The research is funded by the National Institute of Allergy and […]

New study points to what makes an allergen, an allergen

Differences in the structure of proteins from outside the body from the structure of proteins made within the body may be what makes those foreign proteins allergenic, according to a new study.

Allergic reactions occur when a foreign protein from an allergen, such as peanuts or pet dander, enters the body and triggers an immune […]