Buy ASTHMA ALLERGIES CHILDREN: a parent’s guide by clicking here. It is also now available as an iBook here and on Nook, and finally on Sony eReader. Allergic Living Magazine calls it “a must-have resource.” Our new eBook, Children’s Allergies and Asthma: One of Nature’s Dirty Tricks is now out as a Kindle edition for $2.99. You can buy it here. It is also out as a Nook edition, which you can buy here. And an iBook here. This easy-to-read, easy-to-browse edition is comprised of 89 pieces out of the more than 250 original blog posts published on this website. Makes a wonderful gift for your Kindle, Nook, and iPad-carrying friends.
The new book Food Allergies: Traditional Chinese Medicine, Western Science and the Search for a Cure is now for sale at Amazon.com. ebook editions are now out on Scribd and Nook. More news on paperback sales and other ebook platforms to come. For more on this book, click Traditional Chinese Medicine in the navigation bar above.
Crowd Sourcing Research We are taking an active part in helping a new, practice-based study of biomarkers to gauge the progress of food allergy treatment. Read what the participating doctors say here. Read more about it here. Donate here. Dr. Li continues to publish new research. Click here for the latest publications.
How Long Does it Take for Your Genes to Be Influenced by the Environment? Canadian researcher answer, “Not very.” In the time it takes to watch a movie, diesel fumes can alter the gene expression of your lungs. Read about it here.
The Darnedest Things Turn Up in Allergic Reactions Read about it in Blond Lung-Disease?
Are Too Many Doctors Testing for Too Many Food Allergens? Dr. Larry Chiaramonte agrees with prominent researchers who say we are. Read all about it here.
Is There a Rise in Anaphylaxis from Allergy Shots? Dr. Ehrlich explores reports of a connection here.
Conventional Wisdom in Medicine Changes Rapidly Dr. Paul Ehrlich explores the 180-degree shifts on the association of common drugs and pediatric asthma here.
How Do Old Docs Learn New Tricks? Authors of a continuing medical education article answer questions here.
Think the Battle for Cleaner Air Has Been Fought and Won? Think again, say Drs. Chiaramonte and Ehrlich in one of their rare joint bylined pieces.
Everything Old is New Again, but is That a Good Thing in Medicine? Dr. Ehrlich writes about a recent study on penicillin-allergy mythology.
Ever Think You know More About Allergies Than Your GP? You may be right! Read this piece by Dr. Paul Ehrlich
FARE Takes New Approach to Attract Science Talent to Food Allergy Research Offers cash for novel ideas and time to pursue them. More here.
What Does it Really Take to Get People to Follow an Asthma Action Plan? Pediatric allergist Dr. David Stukus discusses the problems of a Medicaid population in controlling their asthma in a guest editorial here.
The Farm Effect Comes to the City Dr. Larry Chiaramonte discusses whether mice and cockroaches can confer a degree of protection from allergic disease on infants in a new post here.
A Star is Born! Our contributor, Dr. Purvi Parikh made a last-minute appearance on Fox News and made a powerful case for public health. She refused to be baited into what the host admitted was an “ambush” about ebola, instead focusing on asthma and the flu. See it here.
How Many People Die From Anaphylaxis? Dr. Robert Y. Lin answers questions about his new research in a new guest editorial.
Can Preventing of Food Allergies Be as Simple as Moisturizing an Infant’s Skin? Dermatologist Dr. Peter Lio says not so fast in a new guest editorial.
Alternative to Oral Food Challenge? Patients and parents fear them. Allergists don’t want to do them. But food challenges are invaluable for diagnosis. Can a blood test substitute? Dr. Paul Ehrlich analyzes the future of a research tool called the Basophil Activation Test in clinical practice.
What Can Food Allergy Experts Teach Us About Medical Care? PhD candidate Danya Glabau explores the subject in a new guest editorial.
Nov. 1, Food Allergy Research Updates, Morrisville, North Carolina, organized with support from FARE by Tricia Gavankar. Features Dr. Wesley Burks on advances in food allergy immunotherapy, Dr. Xiu-Min Li on her work with traditional Chinese medicine, Dr. James Thompson on component testing, and Henry Ehrlich on aspects of Dr. Li’s work. For more information, click here.
Does Asthma Only Involve the Respiratory System and the Immune System? Neuroscientist Jessica Martin, PhD days the nervous system is key in this new guest editorial.
Electronic Devices Bring on New Epidemic of Itch Nickel in that mobile phone or pulse counter can lead to contact dermatitis. More
Fire Season Means Anxious Times for Asthmatics Our senior fire season correspondent, Caroline Moassessi, reports from downwind of California’s dry forests here
Confused by the DNA-EoE Connection? Our contributor Jessica Martin explains the science on her own blog, Food Allergy Sleuth.
Four Allergy Shots and Over Dr. Chiaramonte takes a look at another immunotherapy innovation.
Waiting to See the Doctor is a Pain, but Should Food Play a Part in Passing the Time? In this editor’s note, we take pot shots at a ridiculous idea.
Are the Non-Food Parts of Plants and Animals Also Allergenic? Dr. Larry Chiaramonte tackles the question of woods and shells and whether they are a problem.
Honesty is Supposed to Be the Best Policy, but Apparently Not When You’re on a Diet In this editor’s note, we go after those who lie about food allergies at restaurants.
This Website Just Turned Four Years Old Read why we’re celebrating here.
Why Is It So Hard to Interpret Food Allergy Tests? Here we take a novel approach to explaining the shortcomings of the different tests.
Can’t Take That Last Little Bit of Air? Maybe you have “anxiety breathing.” Dr. Ehrlich says it can pop up in many circumstances.
Immunodeficiency: the Other Side of Allergy & Immunology Dr. Purvi Parikh describes what happens to people with challenged immune systems and what can be done for them here.
Are Antibiotics Destroying Our Microbiome and Causing Allergies? New book explores this question and a lot more. Read a review of The Missing Microbes here.
Dr. Paul Ehrlich named top pediatric allergist (in private practice) in New York City–AGAIN For what seems like the millionth year in a row, Paul has made New York Magazine/Castle Connolly‘s list. Also named, our Mount Sinai friends Dr. Scott Sicherer and Dr. Anna Nowak-Wegrzyn. Congratulations all around.
Component Testing is State of the Art, but Can It Be Used to Predict Outgrowing a Food Allergy? Dr. Paul Ehrlich discusses it here.
William Frankland, 101-year-old allergist. reflects on the history of the specialty here.
Under-the-Tongue Allergy Treatments Approved Dr. Larry Chiaramonte reports on three pills that get FDA okay.
Is it Eczema, Herpes, Sunscreen, or Diapers? Star pediatric dermatologist James Treat, MD schools allergists on what may be ailing those itchy kids. See more here.
Sherlock Holmes and the Practicing Allergist Dr. Paul Ehrlich spots the source of a patient’s black eyes. More.
Who Speaks Best for Children With Food Allergies? Sometimes it’s the kids themselves. A six-year-old’s portfolio reveals her anguish here.
Overdose Medicine Takes the Express, While Access-to-Epi Takes the Local Dr. Paul Ehrlich asks why in a new blog post.
Will Food Allergy Patients Take Their Medicine? New Treatments raise compliance/adherence issues. Read more here
Is there such a thing as “leaky skin”? Dermatologist Peter Lio, MD explores the possibility that food allergies can start because allergens are introduced through the body’s largest organ in a new post here.
Medicine is a Tug of War Between What We Can See and What We Can Prove This account of a conversation between film director Martin Scorsese and writer Fran Lebowitz takes aim at the prevalence of asthma.
Food Allergy Symptom Journal
Our contributors Anne F. Russell BSN, RN, AE-C & Michael Pistiner MD, MMSc have written a downloadable food and symptom journal to be shared with your Allergy clinic team. Anne and Mike are non-stop innovators. Read more and find links to their Journal here.
Eosinophilic Esophagitis: What do we know and when did we know it? The term EoE comes up frequently in discussions of food allergies, but it is widely misunderstood. Read about it in our coverage of a talk by Dr. Mirna Chehade of Mount Sinai School of Medicine.
Does Health Care Reform Diminish the Role of the Allergist? Au contraire, argues Dr. Paul Ehrlich, but they may have to tell the world why they are more important than ever. Read about it here.
EpiPen Online Training for Anaphylaxis and Allergies is now offered free of charge to individuals. Read what we said about the course here.
A Picture Worth More Than 1000 Words See cartoonist Elizabeth Bostic’s take on her morning allergy routine with her kids.
What Can Be Done to Make Allergy Shots Less Painful for Child and Parent? Read about it here.
Despite All the Asthma Research, There Are Huge Gaps in Our Knowledge In his first post of the New Year, Dr. Paul Ehrlich talks about what an allergist can do even if the big picture has holes in it.
What Can We Use to Stop the Itch Besides Topical Steroids? Chicago Dermatologist Dr. Peter A. Lio explores the field of new research on Atopic Dermatitis (aka eczema) in a Guest Editorial.
Will Allergy Drops Replace Allergy Shots? Not any time soon, argues Dr. Paul Ehrlich in his blog.
What Foods Trigger Asthma? Asthma and food allergies are not discreet disease categories. Dr. John Weiner returns to AAC.com to talk about how foods can trigger asthma exacerbations. Read about it here.
Seafood Allergy and the National Football League By coincidence, professional football players representing both Auvi-Q and EpiPen are allergic to the same thing. Read about it in Editor’s Notes.
Xolair + Oral Immunotherapy Shows Promise for Children Very Reactive to Peanuts Read about it on our Journals page.
Quote of the Day “In a study of junior and senior medical staff demonstrating the use of the EpiPen…16% of the physicians would have self-injected their thumb had they been using an actual EpiPen.” — Ronna Campbell, MD, from the Mayo Clinic Department of Emergency Medicine.
Do You Think Schools Need More Paperwork for Children Who Need Epinephrine? Dr. Paul Ehrlich puts on his Indiana Jones hat and goes off to battle red tape. Read about it here.
What Would You Ask Michelle Obama About her Daughter’s Peanut Allergy? Susan Weissman gives her questions in a new post. PS–Congratulations to Susan, whose wonderful book Feeding Eden: the Trials and Triumphs of a Food Allergy Family has now been published on Kindle. Order it here.
News Coverage of ACAAI Research Included a Case of Bone Marrow Transplant Curing Food Allergy Not so fast, warns our esteemed contributor, Food Allergy Sleuth, Jessica Martin. She expertly dissects the science and the issues in her own blog. Bravo, Jessica!
Trouble Taking a Deep, Satisfying Breath? Maybe it’s stress, but unless your doctor has heard of “anxiety breathing” you may be treated for asthma. Dr. Ehrlich revisits anxiety breathing.
Can Scientists Learn from Their Mistakes? Neuroscientist and food-allergy Mom Jessica Martin, PhD, discusses the unusual publication in a peer-reviewed journal of a food-allergy-related experiment that didn’t work as envisioned, and says that’s a good thing. Read it here.
Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) has just released the National Voluntary Guidelines for Managing Food Allergies in Schools and Early Care and Education Programs Read more about it here.
New York Times Urges Flu Shots for Kids Read it here.
Tony Cook, Who Wrote a Recent Guest Editorial for Us about his experience as the first patient to undergo bronchial thermoplasty for his severe asthma, ran the Marine Corp Marathon on Sunday Oct. 27, as promised and finished. He reports: “I ran it in over 5 hours. My lungs felt great but my legs and feet were hurting.”
What Do You Do When Test Results Sound Too Good to be True? A food allergy mom didn’t expect component tests on three nuts to show progress. She asks what to do next in a new Parent Mailbag post, and Dr. Ehrlich answers here.
Are We Going Backwards on Asthma Treatment? Dr. Paul Ehrlich reflects on a recent fatality in a school with no nurse and skyrocketing costs for once-inexpensive drugs and what it may portend here.
What’s the State of Research for Curing Food Allergies? Our friends at Allergic Living give an expert round-up on current studies here.
Access-to-Epinephrine is an Idea Whose Time Has Come Our friend Lisa Horne of the Arizona Food Allergy Alliance discusses her group’s successful efforts to help push through a bill.
Does Chinese Medicine Hold Promise for a Cure for Food Allergies? The science is promising. Read about a forthcoming book that began with a visit to Mount Sinai researcher Dr. Xiu-Min Li on behalf of this website here.
Do Pet Allergies Threaten Domestic Bliss? You bet. Dr. Ehrlich contemplates the problems of one family as described in a popular advice column here.
Epinephrine is the Go-To Treatment for Anaphylaxis But some people who need it don’t carry it, and some are reluctant to use it because they can’t stand the idea of giving an injection. Is nasal inhalation an alternative? Dr. Chiaramonte takes on that idea in a hard-hitting post.
Dr. Paul Ehrlich Reflects on New Research About Peanut Protein and Skin Permeability What if you don’t have to eat a food to become allergic to it? Read about it here.
The New York Times featured a plea for Epi for all by novelist Curtis Sittenfeld. Read about it on our news page.
“We are All Asthmatics Now” Environmental degradation usually takes place over a long period of time and takes a gradual toll on public health. But sometimes it happens all at once. Read blogger and lung health advocate Caroline Moassessi’s account of life in Reno, Nevada during a forest fire 200 miles away.
Dog Sled to the Doctor Anyone? Dr. Melinda Rathkopf’s patients can’t just hop on a bus to see her. Patient and doctor both must travel vast distances to keep appointments, by airplane, dog sled, and occasionally by car. To read her report on the state of allergy medicine in the nation’s largest state, Alaska, click here.
Saddam Hussein’s Allergist Turns 101
Dr. William Frankland, the world’s oldest practicing allergist, celebrates another milestone birthday. Early in the Saddam Hussein regime, Frankland recalls, “I received a call from the Iraqi embassy, and found myself treating Saddam Hussein in Baghdad. Britain was on good terms with Iraq in those days, and I implemented my rule of not discussing politics or religion and treated him just as I would any other patient. He was being treated for asthma, due to mold spore allergy. He was not allergic, and did not have asthma.”
More on our news page
Food Allergies May Be an Immune System Gone Wild, but How Does it Get That Way? In some cases, digestion may be to blame. In a new guest editorial, Austrian immunologist Dr. Eva Untersmayr finds a link between stomach acidity and the ability of food proteins to get around the normal barriers. Read this fascinating research here.
Compliance, Compliance, Compliance A new Dutch study of immunotherapy compliance in the nation with Europe’s best health care system has some surprising findings. Dr. Larry Chiaramonte analyzes the information here.
Tattoos Hold Special Hazards for Those With Allergies Your children considering getting “inked”? Show them this piece from WebMD.
Is the Peanut Allergy Epidemic Real or Was It Invented by “Co-constructors”? In a new editor’s note, Henry Ehrlich tackles the thesis that “experts” inflated a personal health problem into a major public health issue in “The Snarky Sociologist”
Contributor Neuroscientist Jessica Martin, PhD, Critiques Misleading Coverage of Important Research Jessica brings her scientific background to bear in her newest Food Allergy Sleuth blog. She wrote two pieces for us here and here on the twin roles of scientist and food-allergy mom.
Why Are Eczema and Other Allergic Symptoms Worse at Night Than During the Day? Dr. Ehrlich explains the circadian rhythms of the adrenal cortex in Things That Go Itch in the Night.
Is the Key to Better Asthma Control Better Drugs or Better Behavior? Dr. Chiaramonte discusses this question in a new post here.
Hard Times in Margaritaville Two Texas doctors discover a new anaphylaxis trigger–the gold in gold tequila. Read about it here.
How Does a Religious Person Become Allergic to a Forbidden Food? Mystery fans of a certain age will recall a novel called Friday the Rabbi Slept Late and its successors on other days of the week, by Harry Kemeleman. Dr. Paul Ehrlich adds to the genre with Sunday the Rabbi Ate Lobster.
Can One Side of Your Body Be More Allergic Than Another? A fascinating Q&A in the New York Times indicates that exposure in one part of your body to an allergen doesn’t always result in uniform allergy strength throughout. To read it, go to our news page.
How Much Do Doctors in Training Learn About Allergies? Dr. Paul Ehrlich looks at a new study and reflects on what it means in a time of rising allergy rates.
We Know How Hard It Is Making Sense of Testing Numbers In this youtube video, Dr. Hugh Sampson offers a master class in the NIAID guidelines and those miserable testing results.
Hot Off the Presses!!! Dr. Paul Ehrlich on New York Magazine’s list of best pediatric allergists in New York City. Congratulations to Hugh Sampson and Scott Sicherer of Mount Sinai for also making the list.
We Happily Welcome Back Anne F. Russell, BSN, RN, AE-C Who Has Done Some of Our Most Popular Posts Anne has specialized in food allergy/anaphylaxis for almost 20 years. A very innovative thinker, this time Anne interviews another innovator, pediatric allergist Dr. Michael Pistener, another contributor, about his broad program of education and outreach.
How Much Does It Annoy You When Your Allergist Doesn’t Explain Tests to You? It bothers Dr. Paul Ehrlich a lot when he hears about it. In a new post Allergies and Moneyball Paul discusses the pitfalls of relying too heavily on numbers.
Many Thanks to Top Food Allergy Blogger Caroline Moassessi for Her Enthusiastic Write-Up on Us Read what GratefulFoodie said here.
Online Epinephrine Training Course We recently reviewed the excellent online course designed by friend-of-aac.com Elizabeth Goldenberg. You can read our write-up by clicking here or go straight to their site here.
What Happens When Respectable Medical Authorities Give Out False or Misleading Information? Dr. Larry Chiaramonte takes on Dr. Oz on the causes of the food-allergy epidemic in a new post.
Why is American Health Care So Costly? Dr. Paul Ehrlich talks about how Xolair goes from being merely expensive to exorbitant in a new post.
Asthma, Obesity, and Sleep Apnea Are Part of a Mutually Reinforcing Feedback Loop, according to Dr. Larry Chiaramonte. In a new post, Dr. Larry discusses a new study linking uncontrolled asthma to poor sleep and poor school performance, and the costs to children, society, and sometimes to his own bank account.
Comic Actor Bill Hader Has Known About His Peanut Allergy His Whole Life So why was this Saturday Night Live veteran without an epinephrine auto-injector when he went into anaphylaxis on a movie set? Read about this incident in two posts on our Facebook page.
Why Are Some Peanut Components Worse for Patients Than Others? A new Editor’s Note puts 2 and 2 together and defines a new category of knowledge.
Four Contributors to This Website Make List of Top Pediatric Allergists in New York Castle Connolly Has published its annual list of Top Doctors in the United States. Drs. Hugh Sampson, Julie Wang, and Anna Nowak-Wegrzyn of Mount Sinai’s Jaffe Food Allergy Institute join our own Paul Ehrlich.
Can Retail Stores Help Improve Asthma Care? Dr. Paul Ehrlich discusses new plan to have nurse practitioners and physician’s assistants at pharmacy chain monitor and manage chronic diseases.
Auvi-Q–the Talking Auto-Injector is Making Waves but the pricing and availability vary under different insurance plans. Why? We asked an expert.
European Allergy Patients Slack Off on their Shots and Sublingual Treatments Too Early Medication fatigue is real, and it hurts their health and their wealth. See our Journals page.
How Do Pediatricians Learn About Food Allergies? Chances are, they don’t. However, one pediatric resident tried to change that. Maureen Egan, next year’s chief at NYU, lectured to her classmates, and then answered our questions. Read about it here.
British Authorities Reverse Themselves on Omalizumab (Xolair)
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) is now recommending the asthma drug Xolair as a cost effective treatment for young children and adults with a severe form of the condition in England. Xolair is now recommended as an option for treating severe, persistent confirmed allergic immunoglobulin E (IgE)-mediated asthma in people aged six years and older. The new recommendation reverses a position criticized on this site in this Xolair Roundtable.
Food Allergy Rite of Spring Author/blogger Susan Weissman attends FARE’s big NYC fundraiser and shares her thoughts with our readers.
Medical History is Made at Lunch We join top food allergy researchers Dr. Xiu-Min Li of Mount Sinai and Dr. Kari Nadeau of Stanford at a restaurant where they plot a new study on a paper napkin. More here.
What Are the Prospects for Today’s Food Allergic Children to Serve in Tomorrow’s Armed Forces? Dr. Anna Nowak-Wegrzyn of Mount Sinai discussed this issue in a new Guest Editorial here.
Can Asthma Medication Affect Mood and Behavior in Young Patients? It’s nothing new, says Dr. Larry Chiaramonte, and mental health should be part of treatment. See also a complimentary response from neuroscientist Jessica Martin PhD below Larry’s post.
What’s in Store for Treating Asthma? Top pulmonologist Dr. Frank Adams looks into the crystal ball in a new Guest Editorial.
Premier Allergy Journal Launches New Publication Emphasizing Clinical Practice For more information click here.
Here’s what “Mommy” said about the book:
“If you have a child that suffers respiratory issues, Asthma Allergy Children: a parent’s guide is definitely a must-have! ….This book can replace all of your other asthma and allergy reference guides and books that are collecting dust on your bookshelves!”
Tell your friends! It makes a lovely Valentine gift. For the full review, go here and scroll down to January 11.
High praise from the blogosphere! “I cannot tell you how valuable this book was…I learned so much great information in Asthma Allergies Children: A Parent’s Guide. I honestly don’t even know where to start….takes allergies and asthma, and their treatment, and explains it all in a very easy to understand format for parents. It’s a very easy and fairly non clinical read….as the parent of two children who have allergies and asthma I cannot say enough about this book. If you also have children with allergies and asthma, this is definitely one you need for your bookshelf.” Read more here
Asthma Allergies Children: a parent’s guide is…
“A veritable bible for parents of allergic kids.
I enjoyed Asthma Allergies Children tremendously. It is full of the kind of great stories that teach both patients and doctors more than mere facts. The science is explained in language you don’t need an MD to follow. This book should be kept right next to the antihistamines and epinephrine, and used even more frequently.”
–Dr. Lisa Sanders, author of Every Patient Tells a Story. Her NY Times column “Diagnosis” inspired the TV drama, ”House MD.”
(Asthma Allergies Children is now available in a Kindle edition)
Authors Dr. Paul Ehrlich and Dr. Larry Chiaramonte are both pediatric allergists. The joint publication-website strategy is based on the fact that modern medicine moves faster than print, and that readers—both parents of asthmatic and allergic children and the doctors who treat them—will have many questions about the particulars of individual cases that cannot be answered in a book.
As they say in the book, the ranks of allergy specialists are dwindling even as the numbers of asthmatic and allergic patients are rising. The cost is immense. Asthma is the single largest cause of school and work absence. Allergic and asthmatic children disproportionately lose out on all the things that childhood is supposed to be about. But patients, patients’ parents, and their family doctors can make great strides in treatment if they are armed with up-to-date information and have regular communication with specialists. The book and website provide both.
Asthma Allergies Children is written in entertaining, anecdotal, down-to-earth language, and virtually every page has stories and observations that reflect both the science and art of some 70 years of combined medical practice.
“We hope that age and experience have given us wisdom that will benefit you the reader. And age hasn’t stopped us from learning. As you will read, both of us have devoted a considerable amount of time to bringing the best of allergy and immunology to underserved, high-risk populations, which has given us new insight into how chronic disease can be managed. Still, we have learned over many years that a child doesn’t have to be poor to have his life drastically diminished by asthma and allergies. We want to reach them all.”
–Dr. Ehrlich and Dr. Chiaramonte, From the Foreword to Asthma Allergies Children: a Parent’s Guide
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