Potential New Treatment for Food Allergies Found in Common Plant Fiber

Potential New Treatment for Food Allergies Found in Common Plant Fiber

Scientists from the University of Michigan have discovered that inulin, a natural plant fiber, might be a new way to treat food allergies. Inulin is often used in supplements, sodas, and as a sweetener replacement.

In a big step forward, a paper in Nature Materials shows that inulin gel can stop allergic reactions in mice. This gel targets gut bacteria and prevented severe reactions to peanuts, egg whites, and milk. The effects lasted even after the treatment was stopped.

1 in 3 children with food allergies experience bullying

Mount Sinai survey shows that nearly 1 in 3 children with food allergies experience bullying – Nearly a third of children diagnosed with food allergies who participated in a recent study are bullied. Almost eight percent of children in the U.S. are allergic to foods such as peanuts, tree-nuts, milk, eggs, and shellfish.

Food allergies rate higher in young children

Severe reactions to food more common than thought in young children — Study identifies causes for high rates of allergic reactions in children with food allergies – Young children with allergies to milk and egg experience reactions to these and other foods more often than researchers had expected. A new study found that severe and potentially life-threatening reactions in a significant number of these children occur and that some caregivers are hesitant to give such children epinephrine, a medication that reverses the symptoms of such reactions and can save lives.

New treatment with omalizumab may desensitize kids with milk allergies

New treatment may desensitize kids with milk allergies, say researchers at Stanford and Boston – Milk allergy is the most common, affecting 2.5 percent of children under age 3. In a small clinical study, researchers report effectively desensitizing milk-allergic patients by increasing their exposure to milk in tandem with an allergy drug called omalizumab, allowing children to build up resistance quickly with limited allergic reactions.

US food allergy guidelines recommend uniform standards for treating food allergy

NIH-sponsored panel issues comprehensive US food allergy guidelines — Guidelines recommend uniform standards in the diagnosis and management of food allergy – An expert panel sponsored by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health, has issued comprehensive U.S. guidelines to assist health care professionals in diagnosing food allergy and managing the care of people with the disease.

New blood test to detect food allergies

MIT researchers develop better way to detect food allergies — New technique can analyze individual immune cells – About 30 percent of Americans believe they have food allergies. However, the actual number is far smaller, closer to 5 percent, according to a recent study commissioned by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID).

New approaches developed to treat food allergy sufferers

Food allergies: The enemy within – The Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in the United Kingdom is forging ahead with a new project which is demonstrating a revolutionary approach to treating patients with food allergies.

Food allergy cases increased by 18% in last 10 years

Allergic reactions to food can range from mild, itchy hives to anaphylaxis, the most severe reaction. Standardized clinical guidelines will help healthcare providers better diagnose food allergy, manage ongoing food allergy and treat acute food allergy reactions. – This week, May 10-16, marks Food Allergy Awareness Week, a time to focus public awareness on this growing health problem. Together with the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network (FAAN), a patient and family advocacy group at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) encourage all Americans to help those affected by this life-limiting disease.

New treatment may cure food allergies

Scientists developing food allergy treatment, hoping for a cure that will allow people to eat fish or fruit again. – A team of scientists from across Europe are embarking on new research to develop a treatment for food allergy.

3 million US children have food or digestive allergies

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) study finds 3 million u.s. children have food or digestive allergies. – The number of young people who had a food or digestive allergy increased 18 percent between 1997 and 2007, according to a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.