Drops Offer
Hope for
Peanut Cure

In the hunt for a peanut allergy therapy, slow and steady may yet win the race. While scientists abandoned traditional under-the-skin immunotherapy for peanut – it led to too many severe reactions – gradual oral desensitization therapies are making hopeful progress.
   The latest news: in a study of under-the-tongue peanut drops, most subjects showed impressive gains in tolerance. But now the question is: will this lead to full desensitization? read more


New Food Team For Allergic Living

Allergic Living is delighted to announce that award-winning cookbook author Cybele Pascal has joined the magazine as Food Editor. Cybele’s books include The Allergen-Free Baker’s Handbook and the brand new Allergy-Free and Easy Cooking. Read more about our top allergy-friendly food team here.


Living Gluten-Free

• 2 Kinds of Non-Celiac Sensitivity
In 2012, non-celiac gluten sensitivity (NCGS) came into its own as a condition separate from celiac disease. Now a new study identifies two distinct populations with gluten or wheat sensitivity: those who react solely to wheat and have a condition that bears similarity to celiac disease, and those who get symptoms to wheat as well as other foods. The latter group appears to have a disease with more in common with food allergy. read more

• Are There Related NCGS Conditions?
In the last of its helpful four-part series on non-celiac gluten sensitivity, the NFCA shares medical experts’ insights on whether there’s a link (as there is with celiac disease) to other autoimmune diseases or to neurological conditions. read more


Allergic to Exercise?

With every new year comes fitness resolutions and the national rush to join a gym.
   But once there, often you’ll hear of members who are “allergic” to either exercise or to sweat. Chances are what they really have is “cholinergic urticaria” – hives caused by hypersensitivity to their own body heat.
  Here’s how to tell if you have this troublesome but fascinating condition. read more


• Q. I have a 5-year-old with food allergies who will grab and even eat anybody’s food. What can I do?
Dr. Scott Sicherer, Chief of Allergy and Immunology at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, helps with this parenting challenge. read

• Q. Are you more prone to adult food allergies if you already had pollen or dust allergies?
Dr. Susan Waserman, allergist and professor of medicine in the Division of Allergy and Clinical Immunology at McMaster University, explains what can sensitize us in adulthood. read

   

NEWSREEL

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GF expert Shelley Case takes on the author of Wheat Belly.
Keeping felines in line – cat allergy shots go to next level.
Chuck-E-Cheese rolls out GF menu, while Dunkin' Donuts tests the market.
Iowa court rules peanut allergy is a disability.

CALENDAR

Jan. 22, 8:30 p.m. ET, free NFCA webinar: gluten-free labeling and alcohol. more
Jan. 29, event: The Social Side of Allergies, Toronto. more
Feb. 9-10, Gluten & Allergen Free Expo, San Francisco. more
Feb. 22-26, AAAAI's annual conference, San Antonio. more

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