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School Nurses at Ground Zero for Food Allergies

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TUESDAY, March 20, 2018 – Food allergies are common among American kids, with nearly one-third of U.S. school nurses reporting at least one severe reaction to food among their students in the last school year, a new survey finds. But the survey, of more than 200 school nurses nationwide, also uncovered some good news. Ninety-six percent of the nurses said school staffers had been trained on how ...

Kids' Food Allergies, Especially to Peanuts, Are on the Rise

Posted 27 Oct 2017 by

FRIDAY, Oct. 27, 2017 – The number of U.S. children allergic to peanuts has increased by 21 percent since 2010, with nearly 2.5 percent of youngsters now having this type of allergy, a new study has found. Peanut allergies aren't the only ones on the rise, however. The researchers surveyed more than 53,000 households nationwide between October 2015 and September 2016 and found that rates of tree ...

Many Food Allergies May Develop in Adulthood

Posted 27 Oct 2017 by

FRIDAY, Oct. 27, 2017 – Is the roof of your mouth itchy after a peanut butter sandwich? Does your skin break out in hives after you've cracked your way through a lobster dinner? It's possible you're one of the many adults who developed a food allergy as an adult, a new study says. Researchers surveyed adults with food allergies and found that nearly half said that one or more of their allergies ...

FDA Conducts Major Global Operation to Protect Consumers From Potentially Dangerous Prescription Drugs Sold Online

Posted 26 Sep 2017 by

September 25, 2017 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, in partnership with international regulatory and law enforcement agencies, recently took action against more than 500 websites that illegally sell potentially dangerous, unapproved versions of prescription medicines, including opioids, antibiotics and injectable epinephrine products to American consumers. These actions were part of a ...

Too Few Children Get EpiPen When Needed: Study

Posted 12 Jul 2017 by

WEDNESDAY, July 12, 2017 – EpiPens are the go-to solution when a child has a severe allergic reaction. But many kids don't get this essential treatment, U.S. researchers found. Even when the epinephrine-delivering device has been prescribed, parents or caretakers frequently fail to use it in the face of a potentially fatal allergic reaction known as anaphylaxis, investigators found. "In our ...

Lifesaving Drugs From Pfizer, Including Epinephrine, in Short Supply: FDA

Posted 16 Jun 2017 by

FRIDAY, June 16, 2017 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Friday that it's working with the drug company Pfizer to remedy a shortage of important injectable medications, including emergency syringes of epinephrine. Epinephrine treats anaphylaxis, a severe allergic reaction to bee stings and foods such as peanuts. The drugs in short supply are made by the Pfizer company Hospira. In some ...

Nearly 4 Percent of Americans Suffer From Food Allergies

Posted 31 May 2017 by

WEDNESDAY, May 31, 2017 – Millions of Americans have had to swear off shellfish, eggs, peanuts or soy to avoid allergic reactions that can range from stomach cramps to life-threatening swelling of the airways, new research shows. Approximately 4 percent of Americans have a food allergy, with women and Asians the most affected, the study found. "Recent reports suggest that food allergies are on ...

Expired EpiPens May Still Help Save a Life: Study

Posted 9 May 2017 by

TUESDAY, May 9, 2017 – EpiPens – devices used to rescue people during a severe allergic reaction – can remain effective years after their expiration date, a new study reports. An evaluation of almost 40 expired, unused EpiPens brought in by patients revealed that all of the devices contained more than 80 percent of their initial dose of epinephrine. This was true even as long as four years ...

Preparing for Anesthesia: 5 Tips You Should Know

Posted 7 Apr 2017 by

FRIDAY, April 7, 2017 – If you have surgery on your calendar, don't wait until the last minute to start preparing, especially if you're going to need anesthesia. The American Association of Nurse Anesthetists says you're more likely to avoid complications if you follow these five tips: Stop taking unnecessary medications. Only use necessary, approved prescriptions ahead of time. If you have had ...

EpiPen Out-of-Pocket Costs More Than Doubled Over Decade

Posted 4 Apr 2017 by

TUESDAY, April 4, 2017 – Annual out-of-pocket costs for lifesaving EpiPens in the United States skyrocketed nearly 124 percent for many privately insured patients between 2007 and 2014, a new study finds. An EpiPen is the most widely used epinephrine auto-injector. The pocket-sized device is needed when someone is having a life-threatening allergic reaction. "The major concern is that these ...

Defect Prompts Mylan to Recall Some Epipens

Posted 3 Apr 2017 by

MONDAY, April 3, 2017 – Mylan, the maker of the Epipen, says it is recalling "select lots" of the device used to treat dangerous allergic reactions due to a defect that might render it "difficult to activate in an emergency." The pen-like device is used to help counteract potentially fatal reactions (anaphylactic shock) in people with severe allergies. Epipen gives users an injection of ...

Allergic to Peanuts? Tree Nuts Might Still Be Safe

Posted 27 Mar 2017 by

MONDAY, March 27, 2017 – Having an allergy to one type of nut may not necessarily doom you to a lifelong avoidance of all nuts, a new study suggests. In fact, more than half of the people who were allergic to one type of tree nut did not have a reaction to other tree nuts, the researchers reported. Tree nuts include almonds, Brazil nuts, pistachios, cashews, walnuts and hazelnuts. Interestingly, ...

Health Tip: Create an Emergency Plan for Deadly Allergy Reaction

Posted 8 Mar 2017 by

-- An anaphylaxis emergency plan is key to protecting your child against a deadly allergic reaction – especially at school when you're not around. Here's what the plan should include, courtesy of the American Academy of Pediatrics: A simple explanation of symptoms that indicate a serious allergic reaction. Guidance on when to use epinephrine. Used properly and when appropriate, it can save a ...

Health Tip: Could Allergy Shots Help You?

Posted 21 Feb 2017 by

-- If you have allergies, regular shots (immunotherapy) are designed to make you less sensitive to allergens over time. The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology says you may be a candidate for allergy shots if: Your symptoms are moderate-to-severe and your allergy season lasts a few months or more. You want to avoid long-term use of allergy medications. You can commit the time ...

Needed: An 'Action Plan' for Kids Prone to Severe Allergic Reactions

Posted 13 Feb 2017 by

MONDAY, Feb. 13, 2017 – When kids are at risk of severe allergic reactions, all their caregivers should have a written action plan and epinephrine auto-injectors readily available, according to new reports from the American Academy of Pediatrics. The reports include a new "universal" action plan for doctors to give parents, to help ensure they're ready to manage a life-threatening reaction ...

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