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Diet high in fibre and vitamin A key to preventing allergies to peanuts and other triggers

Eating a diet rich in fibre can actually shape the immune system to reduce allergies to substances such as peanuts, new research ...

Pollen allergies have increased among Swedish adults

The prevalence of pollen allergies among adults in Sweden has increased. However, the prevalence of allergies to furred animals, mites or mold ...

Researchers unlock key to real-time hay fever tracking

Researchers from Keele University have found that Twitter could provide a more accurate way of tracking hay fever in the UK than current Met Office pollen counts and NHS data, paving the way for sufferers to be able to access free real-time hay fever information based on their precise location. ... Full story

Peanut allergy prevention strategy does not impact breastfeeding or nutrition, study shows

Introducing peanut-containing foods during infancy as a peanut allergy prevention strategy does not compromise the duration of breastfeeding or affect children’s growth and nutritional intakes, new findings show. The work, carried out by researchers at King’s College London and funded by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health, is published today in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. ... Full story

Food allergies: avoiding allergens is the best protection

Around two million people in Austria suffer from an allergy. 400,000 of them are allergic to birch pollen and have associated food allergies, particularly to apples, peaches, hazelnuts, carrots and celery. According to experts, around 80,000 people are thought to have a primary food allergy in childhood. Cross-reactions such as house dust mites-shrimps or ragweed-melons increase the total number of Austrians with food allergies to around 600,000. As yet there are still no approved immunotherapy treatments for food allergies and so the best approach is still to avoid the allergen responsible. This was the message from the MedUni Vienna allergy experts, speaking on the occasion of the EAACI European Allergy Congress, which starts this Saturday in Vienna. ... Full story

Non-allergenic Pollen-derived Low Molecular Compounds Enhance Immune Response

Allergens from pollen are high molecular proteins or glycoproteins. These comparatively large molecules have been well characterized in recent years. ... Full story

Early detection of allergies – especially in children

(Vienna ) People can become allergically sensitized straight from birth. "Early screening is therefore important to detect allergies early so that steps can be taken to prevent serious forms of illness developing," say the MedUni Vienna allergy researchers, speaking on the occasion of World Immunology Day on 29 April and the current WHO World Immunization Week. Therefore, true to the slogan for this 2016 action week, "Close the Immunization Gap" the aim is essentially to close gaps in the provision of immunization. However, a prerequisite for providing protective immunization against allergies is to have an accurate allergy diagnosis in the first place. ... Full story

Food Allergies of Low-Income Kids Are Poorly Managed

Families spend too much on emergency care and lack preventive care ... Full story

Experts call for increased action on protecting those with food allergies

More action needs to be taken in order to better protect people with food allergies. ... Full story

Vitamin D helps reduce childhood allergy rate

Vitamin D supplements during pregnancy and infancy may help to reduce New Zealand’s high childhood allergy rate. ... Full story

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