As published in the The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology Volume 123, Issue 3 , Pages 708-709 : The amount of gelatin used in the food industry is increasing worldwide. Most gelatins are of bovine and porcine origin. Because the use of bovine gelatin has caused concern in the context of the bovine spongiform encephalopathy crisis, gelatin from pig skin has become the most widely used gelatin. A series of articles concerning anaphylactic reactions provoked by gelatin-based additives in vaccines was published in this journal some years ago. Read full article.
Some of the latest allergy research is being presented at the European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology Congress in Geneva (EAACI Congress 2012). Highlights include:
- 47% of atopic eczema in babies occur due to stress during pregnancy
- Up to 40% of Europeans suffer from hay fever
- Top 3 European allergens: grass, birch, olive
- Pollen differs by "nationality": 4-5 fold differences in pollen potency between European countries
- Asthma and rhinitis stress Public Health in Europe
In the year of the London Olympics, this topical study looks at allergic conditions and sport in children:
Much has been written about the clinical manifestations attributed to the ingestion of gluten. In the following recently published document, a panel of experts looks at the spectrum of symptoms attributed to gluten and identifies diagnostic criteria to help clinicians determine if a patient truly suffers from a gluten-related disorder.
The FAST project (Food Allergy Specific Immunotherapy) targets prevalent, persistent and severe allergy to fish and peach. By developing a safe alternative to classical allergen-specific immunotherapy (SIT) to the major allergens in fish and peach (parvalbumin (Cyp c 1) and lipid transfer protein (Pru p 3), respectively) it aims to provide a safe and effective treatment that will significantly lower individual thresholds for fish or peach intake, thereby decreasing anxiety and dependence on rescue medication.
The method used in the project is to replace food extracts with hypoallergenic recombinant major allergens as the active ingredients of the SIT.
Timing the transfer of responsibilities for anaphylaxis recognition and use of an epinephrine auto-injector from adults to children and teenagers: pediatric allergists' perspective by Elinor Simons, Scott H. Sicherer, F. Estelle R. Simons Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (Vol.108, Issue 5). Read abstract.
A Canadian study looking at adrenaline auto-injector training in schools suggests that despite training, school personnel perform poorly when asked to demonstrate how to use the injectors. Read full article.
The days of nervous parents being concerned about their anaphylactic children consuming egg-white may soon be over, thanks to some ground-breaking research being undertaken by Deakin University in collaboration with CSIRO in Geelong and the Poultry Co-operative Research Centre.
The research aims to produce allergy-free eggs for use in food consumption and the production of common vaccines such as flu vaccines.