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ACAAI News - Archives

Hurricane Isaac can Damage your Health

As Hurricane Isaac forces its way to the United States, a lot can be at stake including your health. According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, the drastic climate changes brought on by the storm can cause mild to life-threating allergy and asthma symptoms for sufferers across the country. Be sure you know the weather changes that can cause your flare-ups.READ MORE

What Four Factors Influence the Severity of Allergy Season?

While many people rejoice when the weather gets warmer, it’s not always a pleasant time for everyone. Those who suffer from seasonal allergies know to expect difficulties around this time of year, but the severity of allergy season can vary.READ MORE

Allergy Shots Fast-Track Relief And Cut Costs (Novermber 2011)

Allergy shots, an age-old treatment for allergy sufferers, are getting a shot in the arm from new research. This proven therapy saves money; accelerated schedules deliver relief in weeks, rather than months; and alternative methods are on the horizon. READ MORE

Love Your Pet—Not Your Allergy? Interventions Put a Leash on Miserable Symptoms (November 2011)
Good news for the millions of dog and cat lovers whose four-legged friends are causing them to sneeze and wheeze. Environmental interventions and allergy shots can help them live comfortably with their pets. READ MORE

Update on Egg Allergy and Influenza Vaccine (November 2011)

Based on a review of recent studies, and consistent with newly published guidelines, updated recommendations are provided regarding the administration of influenze baccine to egg allergic recipients.  The risk of an allergic reaction to influenza vaccine in patients with egg allergy is very low, likely due to the very low amount of ovalbumin in the vaccines. Additional details can be found here

Global Warming Extends Hay Fever Season(August 2011)

Feel like there’s no end in sight when it comes to fall allergy misery? Blame global warming. Research suggests nasal allergy during ragweed pollen season lasts up to three weeks longer, and the further north you live, the longer you have to wait for relief. Read six tips to combat hay fever misery. Read more



In Time for Summer - Updated Stinging Insect Guidelines (June 2011)

Spring and summer bring bees, wasps, hornets and yellow jackets and, this year, updated advice for those who are allergic to these pesky stinging insects. More than half a million people go to emergency rooms and at least 50 die each year from insect stings.
ACAAI and its allergist members – doctors who are experts on allergies and asthma – recently published updated guidelines for stinging insect hypersensitivity. Read more

Summer’s lush lawns and landscapes bring sneezing, itching and stuffy nose misery to the millions of Americans with grass allergies. But no one needs to suffer from the symptoms caused by this common culprit. A treatment developed 100 years ago - and refined over the years - actually gives you substantially more than a shot at a cure. Read more

With both food allergies and seafood consumption on the rise, scientists at Children's Hospital at Westmead, Sydney, Australia, reviewed chart data on 167 children presenting with seafood allergy from 2006 to 2009. Study results were published in the June 2011 Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. Among these children, 94% had co-existing allergic disease, and approximately 20% of these children had a history of anaphylaxis to seafood. Shrimp was the most common seafood allergy... Read more

Dr. Wallace Represents ACAAI at U.S. Capitol on Asthma Awareness Day (May 2011)

Concurrent with Asthma Awareness Day, the CDC released US asthma prevalence data showing that from 2001-2009 asthma increased 7.3% and now affects 1 in 10 children and 1 in 12 adults. This made for a media and congressional frenzy—but a good one! Perhaps the key message from my day on Capital Hill was that it takes us all— allergists, AANMA, related industries, and legislators — pulling together to win the war on asthma! To do so, we must make Asthma Awareness Day an annual event for the College...Read more

Flood Water Can Make Air In Homes Unhealthy (May 2011)

Homeowners whose houses are flooding with the recent heavy rains should take extra precautions if they suffer from allergies or asthma, say allergists.

During a flood cleanup, indoor air quality in the home may appear to be the least of the problems. However, failure to remove contaminated materials and to reduce moisture and humidity can present serious long-term health risks. Standing water and wet materials quickly lead to, among other things, mold growth, to which many are allergic. The symptoms of mold allergy are very similar to the symptoms of other allergies and asthma, such as sneezing, itching, nasal discharge, congestion and cough and wheezing. Read More . . .

50% of Asthma Patients Do Not Follow Recommendations (May 2011)

About 50% of asthma patients do not follow physician medication recommendations, resulting in unnecessary illness and health care expenses. Clinicians need effective strategies to help people to take their necessary medications. A number of studies have tried different methods to address this problem, with moderate success, according to the author of the review titled “The Potential of Asthma Adherence Management to Enhance Asthma Guidelines” published April 2011 in ACAAI’s journal, Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology.

Anemia in Pregnancy Linked to Childhood Asthma (March 2011)

Need a reason to take your iron supplements?  Iron deficiency during pregnancy may directly impact infant and childhood breathing health according to a study recently published in Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, the scientific journal of the ACAAI. "Early childhood wheezing and asthma are on the rise," said Elizabeth Triche, PhD, lead author of the study. "We found there is a link between anemic pregnant women and their children's wheezing and asthma." Read More...   


Most American Recognize Allergies Serious, But Don't Know Who Should Treat (February 2011)

While nearly four in five people know allergies are serious, only one in five realize that allergists are the doctors who specialize in treating the condition, according to a recent survey.  More than a third (38%) of respondents recognize allergies are a serious disease that can be deadly.  However, when asked what type of doctor should be seen for the optimal treatment of allergies, only 21% correctly identified an allergist, while 29% named general practitioner, family doctor or internist, and another 29% said they didn’t know.  Read more

Inner-City Cockroach Exposure and Asthma Hospitalization in Children (February 2011)

According to a February 2011 study published in the Annals of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology, cockroach exposure is strongly associated with increased hospitalization in children with asthma.  Researchers at Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana studied 86 allergic children exposed to varying levels of cockroach allergens.  In the study, those with the highest levels of exposure had significantly greater odds of asthma hospitalization.   Cockroach exposure is likely an important factor driving the high rates of asthma hospitalization seen in inner-city children.

Hold the Phone! Prolonged Cell Use Can Trigger Allergic Reaction (November 2010)

Chatting endlessly on your cell phone can lead to an allergic reaction to your phone, according to information presented at the annual meeting of the ACAAI.  “Increased use of cell phones with unlimited usage plans has led to more prolonged exposure to the nickel in phones,” said allergist Dr. Luz Fonacier, ACAAI Fellow.  “Patients come in with dry, itchy patches on their cheeks, jaw lines and ears and have no idea what is causing their allergic reaction.”  Nickel is one of the most common contact allergens, and affects up to 17 percent of women and 3 percent of men. Read more

If Kissing Leaves you Tingly, Is It Love or Allergies? (November 2010)

Brushing your teeth may not prevent some partners of people with food allergies from triggering an allergic reaction through a kiss.  “If you have food allergies, having an allergic reaction immediately after kissing someone who has eaten the food...isn’t highly unusual,” said Dr. Sami Bahna, ACAAI Immediate Past-President, at the ACAAI Annual Meeting. “But some patients react after their partner has brushed his or her teeth, or several hours after eating.”  "Kissing" allergies are most commonly found in people who have food or medication allergies.  Food allergies affect about 2 - 3 percent of adults and 5 - 7 percent of children in the U.S.  Read more

Children with Food Allergies Targeted by Bullies (September 2010)

More than 30 percent of children are reported to have been bullied, teased, or harassed because of their food allergy according to a study published this month in Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, the scientific journal of the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology.   Although verbal abuse is the most common, over 40 percent were reported to have been threatened physically with acts such as being touched with their allergen or having the allergen thrown or waved at them.   Read more 

Have Asthma?  Vitamin D May Help (September 2010)

Supplement your asthma action plan with Vitamin D and you may experience improved asthma control according to an article published this month in Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, the scientific journal of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI). Authors conducted a review of almost 60 years of literature on vitamin D and asthma. According to the article, vitamin D deficiency is associated with increased airway hyperresponsiveness, lower lung functions, and worsened asthma control...Read more 

Man's Best Friend?  Not During Hay Fever Season (August 2010)

A recent study suggests that pet allergies can worsen the impact of ragweed allergy.  Those with dog, cat or even dust mite allergies are found to have a more severe ragweed allergy season.  These year-round allergies appear to "pre-prime" the immune system so symptoms hit harder, according to research published in the August issue of the Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, the scientific journal of ACAAI.

"People with hay fever react differently when ragweed allergy season arrives.  Some start sneezing right away, and others don't, so we wanted to determine what makes certain people develop symptoms more quickly," said allergist Anne K. Ellis, MD, lead author of the study and ACAAI member.  "We tested a number of common perrinial allergens and found that having an allergy to cats, dogs or dust mites sets hay fever sufferers up for faster onset of symptoms when exposed to ragweed."
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Men with Asthma, Eczema May Have Lower Cancer Risk (May 2010)

According to a study published this month in Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, the scientific journal of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI), having asthma or eczema (atopic dermatitis) may lower your risk of some of the most common types of cancer. “Allergic conditions such as asthma and eczema that result from a hyper reactive immune system might enhance the body’s ability to remove malignant cells, which might in turn lower cancer risk,” said Mariam El-Zein, PhD, INRS-Institut Armand-Frappier, Laval, Québec, Canada, lead author of the article. 
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Bariatric Surgery Patients Breathe Easier, Use 50 Percent Fewer Prescriptions (April 2010)

According to a study published last month in Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, the scientific journal of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI), another benefit of rapid weight loss after bariatric surgery is a 50 percent reduction in use of prescription breathing medications.

“Not only do patients breathe easier, less money is spent on prescription health care costs,” said Naveen Sikka, MD, lead author and ACAAI member. “Better quality of life, possible reduction of chronic breathing problems, including asthma, and lower health care costs significantly benefit patients and help to reduce the national health care crisis.”
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Allergen Immunotherapy Demonstrates Cost Savings among Children with Allergic Rhinitis
Significant Savings Seen within Three Months

By Linda Cox and Cheryl Hankin

In a recent retrospective, matched cohort study published in the Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, Hankin, Cox, et al. examined 10 years (1997-2007) of Florida Medicaid data to compare health services use and costs between nearly 3,000 children newly diagnosed with allergic rhinitis (AR) who received allergen immunotherapy (IT) to a matched group of approximately 11,000 children with AR who did not receive IT. At 18 months, children with AR who received IT had one third lower total median health care costs than children with AR who did not receive IT ($3,247 versus $4,872, p<0.001).
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“Adverse Reactions to Vaccines” by Dr. James Li

Immunizations have dramatically reduced the burden of many infectious diseases worldwide. The seasonal influenza vaccine has a strong track record of successfully reducing influenza infection. The 2009 H1N1 vaccine is expected to protect many individuals from H1N1 infections and its associated respiratory complications, including hospitalizations and death from pneumonia . . .

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