News Releases

The AAAAI informs the media about cutting edge research and new developments in allergic disease through news releases. In addition to consumer tips, monthly highlights of innovative studies from The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology are available. Following are links to recent and archived releases.

2018
July 11 - Parent’s Health Knowledge Could Affect How Many Reactions Their Kids with Food Allergies Have and How Well They Are Managed
March 29 - Hay Fever Sufferers May Not Be Picking the Right Drugs to Treat Symptoms
March 7 - AAAAI Installs New President, Dr. Robert Wood, at 2018 Joint Congress.
March 3 - Researchers Find Certain Blood Types Protective Against Red Meat Allergy
March 3 - Research Suggests Eosinophilic Esophagitis Is a Late Manifestation of the Atopic March
March 3 - Patients with Alpha-Gal Allergy May be Five Times More Likely to Be Allergic to Insects
March 3 - Patients Taking Lower Maintenance Doses of Peanut Oral Immunotherapy May Still Achieve Desensitization
March 3 - Folic Acid Exposure in Utero is Associated with Development of Food Allergy
March 3 - Cow’s Milk Allergy May Negatively Affect Children’s Growth Through Pre-Teen Years
March 4 - Data from University Allergy Clinic Shows Red Meat Allergy May Be a Growing Issue
March 4 - Study Gives Insight into What Triggers Cause Anaphylaxis and How Deadly It Is

2017
November 15 - Researchers Give New Perspective on Progression from Eczema to Asthma and Allergies
September 19 - Maternal Smoking, Stress Levels and Depression Shown to be Strong Risk Factors For Asthma in Inner-city Children, Not Exposure to Allergens
July 26 - Asthma-Related Emergency Room Visits and Hospitalizations among Older Adults Could Signal Healthcare Access Barriers
July 13 - Uncontrolled Asthma During Pregnancy May Increase the Risk of Asthma for Child
March 16 - AAAAI installs new president at 2017 Annual Meeting. David B. Peden, MD, MS, FAAAAI, is Andrews Professor of Pediatrics and Senior Associate Dean for Translational Research at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
March 16 - Top Allergy Organizations Issue Joint Statement on President Trump's Proposed Budget
March 4 - Black children six times more likely to die of asthma. A national study found that black children are six times more likely to die from asthma than Hispanic or white children in the U.S.
March 4 - New study examines effects of breast feeding, pumping and formula food on early childhood food allergy. Infants fed with a combination of different feeding methods were at higher risk of developing food allergies.
March 4 - How safe is subcutaneous and sublingual allergen immunotherapy? Researchers analyzed 8 years of data and found that while overall systemic reactions have been declining, people with asthma were most at risk for them. Also no local skin infections or serious infections from injections were reported in 9.5 million injection visits.
March 4 - Mothers with low levels of vitamin E may be more likely to have children with asthma. Research presented at the AAAAI Annual Meeting suggests a link between maternal vitamin E levels and childhood asthma wheeze.
March 4 - Food allergy immunotherapy advances presented at AAAAI Annual Meeting. Researchers look into the effectiveness of peanut sublingual immunotherapy, walnut and tree nut oral immunotherapy and wheat oral immunotherapy.
March 5 - Peanut patch continues to show promise in extension of latest clinical trial. After three years of using the peanut patch, 83.3% of the 18 patients between 6 and 11 years old who completed the trial were able to tolerate more peanut protein.
March 6 - Obese girls more prone to allergic disease, opposite correlation in boys. Obese girls in an urban environment are more likely to suffer from atopic disease than controls, but obese boys from urban environments are less likely to have atopic disease than their counterparts of a healthy weight.
March 6 - Early life secondhand smoke exposure may have an effect on food allergy development. Infants with smoking parents are more at risk for egg and peanut allergies in adolescence than infants with non-smoking parents.
January 17 - Cockroach bait alone improves asthma outcomes according to study in The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. Children in homes being treated with insecticidal bait had almost 50 fewer days a year with asthma symptoms.
January 5 - Newly issued clinical guidelines from the NIAID recommend early peanut introduction, not avoidance. The NIAID-sponsored guidelines now recommend infants at high risk of peanut allergy be introduced to peanuts at 4 to 6 months of age.

2016
November 8 - Extreme heat events may influence hay fever rates in adults according to study in The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology: In Practice. Increasing temperatures create longer pollen season and increased pollen production.
November 3 - Study in The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology: In Practice finds the rate of anaphylaxis doubled between 2005 and 2014. Food-related anaphylaxis rates jumped 196% in children aged 5 to 17 years-old.
October 10 - Articles in the JACI report asthma severity phenotypes and risk factors in inner-city children. Study follows over 700 children with asthma in nine inner-cities in hopes of tackling disparities.
October 4 - Asthma in boys and girls: JACI Editorial identifies sex-specific risk factors. Researchers examine what influences early asthma development in boys and late development in girls.
September 2 - AAAAI’s School-based Asthma Management Program (SAMPRO™) aims to improve the care of asthmatic children in schools. SAMPRO™ Toolkit contains standardized recommendations and resources to allow implementation.
Augsut 29 - AAAAI Issues Statement in Response to the Announcement of a Generic Epinephrine Autoinjector
May 20 - JACI study finds around half of parents may not understand their children’s asthma controller medications. Only 49% of parents surveyed knew what kind of medication was to be used and how often.
March 29 - JACI: In Practice case study investigates the immune system in space. Study onboard International Space Station points to immune dysregulation during long-duration spaceflight.
March 14 - AAAAI installs new president at 2016 Annual Meeting. Thomas A. Fleisher, MD, FAAAAI, is Chief of the Department of Laboratory Medicine at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Clinical Center.
March 7 - Poverty Widens Gap in Care for Asthma and Allergies
March 6 - Infants and Toddlers Require Special Attention with Epinephrine Autoinjectors
March 6 - Crisaborole, New Option to Manage Atopic Dermatitis Presented at AAAAI Annual Meeting
March 6 - How Much Peanut Protein can be Found on Everyday Surfaces?
March 6 - What Happens to Food Allergies After Treatment with Oral Immunotherapy?
March 5 - Antifungal Treatment, A New Approach to Asthma Care
March 5 - Omalizumab Could Help Asthmatic Children Fight Colds
March 4 - Eating peanut in early years reduces the risk of peanut allergy, even with later avoidance. New England Journal of Medicine Peanut Study Makes Debut at AAAAI Annual Meeting.
February 29 - Football Great Eric Dickerson to Grand Marshal AAAAI Foundation 5K Run/Walk
February 16 - JACI: In Practice Highlights the role allergist/immunologists play in cancer treatment. Research affirms safety, costs and efficacy of rapid drug desensitization for chemotherapy.

2015
December 28 - New JACI study asks: does asthma increase risks of getting shingles? Experts believe asthma is an unrecognized risk factor for zoster in children and adults.
November 12 - JACI publishes results from oral immunotherapy study with omalizumab. First randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study of omalizumab in patients with severe milk allergy.
October 27 - New asthma treatment strategy with omalizumab targets fall exacerbations before they begin. Researchers’ introduce biologic treatments for asthmatics prone to exacerbations.
October 21 - Stepping down asthma medications can be safe with appropriate guidance. New JACI study examines cost, safety of stepping down.
October 6 - JACI study shows vaccines seldom cause anaphylaxis. Only 33 cases in 25 million vaccines given.
September 28 - JACI Study: can allergy immunotherapy prevent asthma? Dresden study shows significantly lower rates of asthma in immunotherapy patients.
September 1 - Is Albuterol overuse a marker of psychological distress? NIH, ALA funded study reminds clinicians to consider depression when patients are quick to refill rescue inhalers.
August 11 - AAAAI announces support of Senate Bill to put lifesaving medication on airlines. Leading allergy organization advocates to put epinephrine on board.
July 14 - JACI study shows inhalers may not protect asthmatic children from pollution. Long-term, randomized, placebo controlled study examines lung function and metropolitan air pollutants.
June 4 - Interim guidance on early peanut introduction and prevention of peanut allergy published by JACI. Document is a global collaboration to better inform healthcare providers regarding the potential benefits of early peanut introduction.
May 20 - AAAAI Adverse Reactions to Foods Committee responds to calls for asthmatic patients to be indiscriminately tested for peanut allergies. Misconceptions over asthma and peanut allergy study released at 2015 ATS Meeting need clarification.
May 5 - VA & Naval Medical Center study sheds light on nonadherence for asthma meds. Closing adherence and prescription gaps can prevent 4 million emergency department visits.
April 6 - Is urban living still an important risk factor for asthma? NIH funded study shows that among African American youth, asthma is as common in rural Georgia as it is in urban Detroit.
April 1 - AAAAI: penicillin skin testing needed to help slow the development of antibiotic resistance. Approximately 9 in 10 with suspected penicillin allergy have negative penicillin skin testing, and can receive penicillins safely.
March 3 - AAAAI installs New President at 2015 Annual Meeting. Robert F. Lemanske Jr., MD, FAAAAI is Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health.
February 23 - Which common cold viruses trigger inner-city children’s asthma flares? Researchers identify common cold species present during asthmatic exacerbations, a first step towards improving asthma outcomes.
February 23 - Can early childhood allergies predict risks for asthma? Researchers identify children at risk for developing asthma by tracking their allergic patterns.
February 23 - Landmark study presented at AAAAI Annual Meeting paves way for food allergy prevention. LEAP study hints at new food allergy guidelines.
February 22 - Late-breaking peanut patch phase IIb trial results unveiled at AAAAI Annual Meeting. Epicutaneous Immunotherapy (EPIT) introduces new way to treat peanut allergies.
February 22 - Early-intervention leads to a high rate of peanut oral immunotherapy (OIT) success. Low doses of peanut early in life may lead to long-term allergy control.
February 22 - Three-injection immunotherapy for grass pollen well tolerated in teens. Three ultrasound guided lymph node injections safe in teens.
February 21 - Dust in Middle Eastern deployment area poses significant health risks to veterans. Reports suggest exposure to metals, minerals and microbes can cause lung injury.
February 21 - Research links infants’ microbiome to development of immune system, allergic diseases and asthma. Results from Detroit birth cohort first revealed at AAAAI Annual Meeting.
February 13 - Live attenuated flu vaccine appears safe for children with egg allergies and asthma. Research suggests health department guidelines may be overly restrictive

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