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Research highlights from 2023 6th February 2024

2023 was a year of great progress in research, with new treatments, prevention strategies and improvements in diagnostic tests on the horizon. We look back at some of the highlights.

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Enjoy an allergy-free Valentine’s Day 6th February 2024

It’s one of the most romantic days of the year, but Valentine’s Day can present challenges for people with serious allergies. Allergens can find their way into foods, places and situations, such as chocolates, restaurants and romantic encounters, making it difficult to relax if you have a serious allergy. See our suggestions for keeping date night free from allergic reactions.

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New trial of peanut sublingual immunotherapy completes first stage 26th January 2024

ALK have announced that it has completed the first part of its phase 1 clinical trial known as ALLIANCE for a new immunotherapy tablet for peanut allergy. The trial will now progress into its second part, expected to complete later in 2024.

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Novartis ends food allergy drug trial but plans new trial at revised dose 26th January 2024

Novartis, the Swiss pharmaceutical company, has halted its phase 3 study of the biologic drug ligelizumab for peanut allergy this January, but plans to launch a new study at a different dose. If approved, the study will begin in Autumn 2024.

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Understanding cow’s milk allergy in infants – Dr Helen Evans-Howells speaks on the Talking General Practice podcast 22nd January 2024

Chair of the Anaphylaxis UK’s Clinical and Scientific Panel, Dr Helen Evans-Howells, covers a bonus episode of Talking General Practice, a podcast from GP online. She talks to editor Emma Bower about how GPs and other health professionals can manage infants with signs of cow’s milk allergy and offers her advice on how to support parents.

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Statement regarding the inquest of James Atkinson 17th January 2024

Anaphylaxis UK offer their condolences to the family and friends of James Atkinson who sadly passed away following anaphylaxis due to a peanut allergy in July 2020

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FSA board agrees to strengthen allergy information for customers when eating out 10th January 2024

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) would like to see written allergen information be mandated for foods provided when eating out. The FSA Board met in December 2023 and will write to Ministers to discuss the Board’s view.

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More research to support early introduction of allergic food before 12 months 21st December 2023

A new review of the existing evidence, published in the British Medical Journal (the BMJ), has found that introducing allergen-containing food to infants’ diets from the age of 4 to 12 months was associated with a lower risk of multiple food allergies and eczema.

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Do you have a child with a food allergy? Research participants needed 18th December 2023

Researchers from the Aston University aim to explore potential predictors of anxiety and quality of life in parents of children with food allergies, with intentions of gaining a greater understanding surrounding the complexities of caring for children with these medical needs.

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