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Next generation QR codes aim to reduce allergic reactions caused by mislabelled or unclear food packaging 15th May 2024

New research from GS1 UK has found that 56% of those with allergies have had a reaction from incorrect or unclear labelling, and 23% have had multiple reactions. GS1 UK members are piloting next-generation barcodes (a fusion of the linear barcode and the QR code) to allow customers to find product information on their smartphones to make allergen information more accurate and accessible.

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High level of suspicion needed to identify children with egg-induced anaphylaxis   15th May 2024

A new study published in the Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology has found that a high index of suspicion is needed to identify pediatric patients with egg-induced anaphylaxis. Children with egg-induced anaphylaxis were younger and presented with more vomiting, less throat tightness and less angioedema than those with anaphylaxis caused by other foods, and often lack a history of food-induced anaphylaxis.

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Non-allergy healthcare professionals can safely give direct oral penicillin challenges 7th May 2024

A study published in the March issue of the Journal of Infection has found that direct oral penicillin challenges can be safely given to patients with penicillin allergy labels by non-allergy healthcare professionals.

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New study shows delaying skin prick testing for food allergy after anaphylaxis might not be necessary 7th May 2024

The need for a delay in skin prick testing after an anaphylactic reaction might be unnecessary, according to a study published in The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology: In Practice this April.

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Hospital apologises after death of woman from anaphylaxis caused by antibiotic 7th May 2024

University Hospital Waterford has apologised after 76-year-old Elizabeth Murphy died from anaphylaxis as High Court action settled for €400,000. Mrs Waterford died at home in January 2019 after taking antibiotics prescribed by her GP – she had had a serious reaction to antibiotics in hospital in the past but this was not included in her discharge notes.

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Study of teachers finds low levels of confidence and competence in giving adrenaline 7th May 2024

A study of 61 Irish primary school teachers published in the European Journal of Pediatrics this April has found low levels of competence and confidence in adrenaline auto-injector (AAIs) use.

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Call for participants: research project seeks individuals with South Asian background and food allergies 26th April 2024

If you identify as coming from a South Asian background, researchers from the University of Birmingham and Surrey and the NHS are keen to hear about your experiences of living with food allergies. Please contact Clare who is a member

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Three decades of unwavering support 18th April 2024

Anaphylaxis UK is proud to be recognising our 30th anniversary this year… Three decades of unwavering support. To mark the anniversary, we’re launching our ’30 Reasons’ anniversary campaign to showcase the people and stories that motivate us to do what we do here at Anaphylaxis UK.

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30 Reasons : The inspiration behind Anaphylaxis UK 18th April 2024

To kick off our ’30 Reasons’ campaign it seems only right, to go back to the very reason Anaphylaxis UK was set up way back in 1994. Read the first of our ’30 Reasons’ to find out how a tragic event motivated David Reading, to create the charity you know today.

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