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Sony Apologizes for ‘ Peter Rabbit ’ Movie ’ s Allergy Scene

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 15:58:43 +0100

Tom McGregor, a villain who has food allergies, goes into anaphylaxis when rabbits fire a blackberry into his mouth. Some parents said it set a poor example. (Source: NYT Health)

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Sony Apologizes After ‘ Peter Rabbit ’ Movie Exploits a Food Allergy, Upsetting Parents

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 13:23:54 +0100

Tom McGregor, a villain who has food allergies, goes into anaphylaxis when rabbits fire a blackberry into his mouth. Some parents said it set a poor example. (Source: NYT Health)



‘ Peter Rabbit ’ Exploits a Food Allergy to Attack a Villain. Parents Aren ’ t Happy.

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 12:47:15 +0100

Tom McGregor, the villain who has food allergies, goes into anaphylaxis when rabbits fire a blackberry into his mouth. Some parents said it set a poor example. (Source: NYT Health)



Anaphylaxis: What is the deadly condition after calls for Peter Rabbit film to be removed?

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 12:29:00 +0100

ANAPHYLAXIS symptoms include feeling lightheaded, wheezing and losing consciousness. Here ’s everything you need to know about the allergic condition, after calls for the new Peter Rabbit movie to be removed from cinemas for “mocking” the condition. (Source: Daily Express - Health)



The singer who could be killed by a COOKIE

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 13:01:11 +0100

Fiona Cooper-Smyth, who lives in Perth, Australia, went into anaphylactic shock after accidentally eating a tiny amount of the legume lupin, commonly used in baked products, in a granola pot. (Source: the Mail online | Health)



FDA Warning on Anaphylaxis With Rolapitant for CINV FDA Warning on Anaphylaxis With Rolapitant for CINV

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 18:05:50 +0100

The drug is used to prevent and reduce chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting (CINV) in patients with cancer; anaphylactic reactions have been seen in the postmarketing setting.News Alerts (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)

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FDA Warns on Anaphylaxis With IV Rolapitant for CINV FDA Warns on Anaphylaxis With IV Rolapitant for CINV

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 18:05:50 +0100

The drug is used to prevent and reduce chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting (CINV) in patients with cancer; anaphylactic reactions have been seen in the postmarketing setting.News Alerts (Source: Medscape Allergy Headlines)



Allergies make you wanna DYE? Allergist discusses the link between drug dyes and allergies

Wed, 20 Dec 2017 11:12:04 +0100

(Natural News) There is an ongoing debate among physicians regarding the adverse effects of food additives such as dyes, preservatives, stabilizers and emulsifiers – most notably their capacity to trigger an actual allergic reaction. Studies have noted cases of allergic reactions to food additives, which included anaphylaxis, a dangerous reaction of the body to an allergen... (Source: NaturalNews.com)



Food-induced anaphylaxis common among children despite adult supervision

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 05:00:00 +0100

(McGill University Health Centre) At least a third of reactions in children with food-induced anaphylaxis to a known allergen occur under adult supervision, according to a new study led by AllerGen researchers in Quebec, Ontario and Alberta. The findings, published in the November issue of Pediatric Allergy and Immunology, reveal that inadvertent exposures to a known food allergen in children are frequent, and in the majority of supervised reactions, adults other than the child's parents were present. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)



Unexplained cases of anaphylaxis linked to red meat allergy

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 00:00:00 +0100

Researchers identified the cause of some patients ’ repeated episodes of anaphylaxis: a red meat allergy that’s linked to a specific type of tick bite. (Source: NIH Research Matters from the National Institutes of Health (NIH))



Medical News Today: Mysterious anaphylaxis explained: Red meat to blame

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 08:00:00 +0100

Some people have recurrent, unexplained episodes of life-threatening anaphylaxis. A 'unique study' of such individuals finds the culprit in red meat. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)

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NIAID scientists link cases of unexplained anaphylaxis to red meat allergy

Tue, 28 Nov 2017 15:22:45 +0100

Tick bites likely lead to the unusual, misdiagnosed allergy. (Source: National Institutes of Health (NIH) News Releases)



Lab services associated with diagnoses of anaphylactic food reaction increased 871 percent 2007-16

Mon, 27 Nov 2017 05:00:00 +0100

(FAIR Health) The number of laboratory services associated with diagnoses of anaphylactic food reaction increased 871 percent from 2007 to 2016, and the amount of billed charges for those services increased even more -- 5,390 percent -- in the same period, according to research from FAIR Health. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)



U.S. FDA Approves Kaléo's AUVI-Q(R) (Epinephrine Injection, USP) 0.1 mg Auto-Injector for Life-Threatening Allergic Reactions in Infants and Small Children

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 14:59:59 +0100

First and only epinephrine auto-injector (EAI) approved with a needle length and dose specifically designed for infants and children weighing 16.5 to 33 pounds (7.5 to 15 kilograms) Anaphylaxis and food allergies increasing in children; previously no EA... Biopharmaceuticals, Devices, Drug Delivery, FDA Kaléo, AUVI-Q, Epinephrine, auto-injector (Source: HSMN NewsFeed)



Learning Module Improves Community Hospital Anaphylaxis IQ

Mon, 30 Oct 2017 17:00:00 +0100

(MedPage Today) -- Proper dosing, administration of epinephrine most commonly missed (Source: MedPage Today Primary Care)

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Gerbil bite anaphylaxis - a rare case report - Watson J, Schobitz E, Davis J.

Mon, 30 Oct 2017 10:42:01 +0100

Household pets are well known to cause allergic symptoms in susceptible individuals, most commonly conjunctivitis, rhinitis, bronchospasm or urticaria. The increasing prevalence of exotic pets, including rodents, may introduce novel allergens into the hous... (Source: SafetyLit)



Exercise-induced anaphylaxis in an elderly patient - Namiki H.

Mon, 30 Oct 2017 10:42:01 +0100

A 75-year-old Japanese woman presented with acute flushing pruritus and a feeling of diffuse warmth followed by collapse while dancing. After resting for 30  min and receiving a rapid infusion of 0.9% sodium chloride, her condition stabilised. She admitte... (Source: SafetyLit)



The Rise of Anaphylaxis to Plant Foods The Rise of Anaphylaxis to Plant Foods

Mon, 30 Oct 2017 05:14:54 +0100

This review examines the role of fruits and vegetables in allergy prevention -- and looks at which ones may cause severe allergic reactions.Current Opinion in Allergy and Clinical Immunology (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)



Edmonton worker allergic to walnuts dies after inhaling particles at worksite

Mon, 23 Oct 2017 23:26:22 +0100

An Edmonton man is dead after he went into anaphylactic shock on a worksite where sandblasting was taking place with a walnut-based product. (Source: CBC | Health)



Medical News Today: How do your allergies develop?

Tue, 10 Oct 2017 15:00:00 +0100

Find out how harmless substances can cause the characteristic symptoms of hay fever, eczema, asthma, food allergy, and anaphylaxis. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)

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New Product Is First to Claim It May Reduce Peanut Allergies

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 20:18:23 +0100

The label of a new powdered peanut product is the first to be allowed to claim it may reduce peanut allergies in susceptible infants. (Source: NYT Health)



Fatal anaphylaxis: mortality rate and risk factors - Turner PJ, Jerschow E, Umasunthar T, Lin R, Campbell DE, Boyle RJ.

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 09:05:42 +0100

Up to 5% of the US population has suffered anaphylaxis. Fatal outcome is rare, such that even for people with known venom or food allergy, fatal anaphylaxis constitutes less than 1% of total mortality risk. The incidence of fatal anaphylaxis has not increa... (Source: SafetyLit)



Former ITV producer reveals shocking effect of nut allergy

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 18:44:00 +0100

A former online producer for This Morning, Amy-May Shead, 29, was on holiday with her friends in 2014 when just one bite of her food in a restaurant caused an anaphylactic reaction (Source: the Mail online | Health)



Claim lines with diagnoses of anaphylactic food reactions climbed 377 percent from 2007 to 2016

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 04:00:00 +0100

(FAIR Health) Private insurance claim lines with diagnoses of anaphylactic food reactions rose 377 percent from 2007 to 2016, according to data from FAIR Health, a national, independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing transparency to healthcare costs and health insurance information. Consulting its database of over 23 billion privately billed healthcare procedures, FAIR Health investigated food allergies and anaphylaxis, a severe, life-threatening allergic reaction that certain foods, as well as other substances, can induce in susceptible individuals. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)



Anapen ® 2a is the Next Generation of Anaphylaxis Auto-Injectors

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 15:30:00 +0100

Anaphylaxis is a serious and severe allergic reaction, affecting the whole body, and is often life threatening. (Source: Pharmaceutical Technology)

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U.S. FDA Grants Priority Review for an Epinephrine Auto-Injector in Development by Kaléo Specifically for Infants and Small Children

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 15:05:05 +0100

AUVI-Q® (epinephrine injection, USP) 0.1 mg could be the first auto-injector approved with a needle length and dose specifically designed for infants and small children Emergency room visits due to anaphylaxis are increasing in children RICHMOND,... Biopharmaceuticals, Devices, Drug Delivery, FDA Kaléo, epinephrine, auto-injector (Source: HSMN NewsFeed)



Adrenaline Overdose in Pediatric Anaphylaxis: A Case Report Adrenaline Overdose in Pediatric Anaphylaxis: A Case Report

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 05:14:40 +0100

Appropriate administration of adrenaline in pediatric anaphylaxis remains challenging. How does blood pressure help differentiate progression of anaphylaxis symptoms from adrenaline toxicity?Journal of Medical Case Reports (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)



Too Few Children Get EpiPen When Needed: Study

Wed, 12 Jul 2017 13:00:00 +0100

First-line treatment for severe allergic reaction is often neglected Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Anaphylaxis, Children's Health, Emergency Medical Services (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)



Biohealth Nutrition Announces the Recall of Precision Blend Cookies and Cream Product for Undeclared Allergen

Mon, 10 Jul 2017 23:15:00 +0100

Biohealth Nutrition of San Dimas, CA is recalling Precision Blend Cookies& Cream because product labels failed to declare the food allergen, wheat. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to wheat run the risk of a life threatening allergic reaction, anaphylaxis, that requires immediate medical attention should they consume products containing allergens. (Source: Food and Drug Administration)



Mom scrambling to find drug that prevents life-threatening allergic reaction

Wed, 05 Jul 2017 10:30:00 +0100

A mother from Lower Sackville, N.S., is desperately searching for a medication that helps prevent her son from going into anaphylactic shock, but a shortage of the product means he only has a few pills left. (Source: CBC | Health)

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Arm Yourself Against Insect Sting Allergies

Thu, 29 Jun 2017 13:00:00 +0100

Steps to take the bite out of dangerous bugs Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Allergy, Anaphylaxis, Insect Bites and Stings (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)



FDA Approves New Epinephrine Injector for Anaphylaxis

Sat, 17 Jun 2017 00:35:00 +0100

(MedPage Today) -- Symjepi is latest alternative to EpiPen (Source: MedPage Today Allergy)



Lifesaving Drugs from Pfizer in Short Supply: FDA

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 18:00:00 +0100

Agency seeking alternatives, extending 'shelf life' for meds like epinephrineSource: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Anaphylaxis, Cardiac Arrest, Medicines (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)



FDA Approves New Epinephrine Prefilled Syringe FDA Approves New Epinephrine Prefilled Syringe

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 16:07:33 +0100

Symjepi, from Adamis Pharmaceuticals, is for the emergency treatment of type I allergic reactions, including anaphylaxis.FDA Approvals (Source: Medscape Emergency Medicine Headlines)



Is Epinephrine Safe for Older Patients with Anaphylaxis?

Thu, 01 Jun 2017 16:19:00 +0100

This study aimed to determine the clinical value, and potential cardiovascular harm, on elderly patients with anaphylaxis who received intramuscular (IM) and IV epinephrine. Over a five-year period, the researchers examined the ED record of anaphylactic patients over the age of 50 who were transported to two urban EDs. They compared the clinical outcome and cardiovascular complications between younger and older adults who received epinephrine for anaphylaxis. Of the 2,995 patients with allergy-related complaints, 492 were treated for anaphylaxis. Of them, 122 (24.8%) were older adults. Only 36.1% of the older patients received epinephrine as compared to 60.5% of the younger patients. Although only 0.9% of younger patients were more likely to get excessive doses ( > 0.5 mg IM or > 0.1...

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Food Allergies Found in Less Than 4 Percent of Americans

Thu, 01 Jun 2017 15:49:41 +0100

The most common food allergen groups were shellfish, fruits or vegetables, dairy and peanuts, in that order. (Source: NYT Health)



King County (Wash.) EMS Saves $334,000 Annually by Switching to IM Delivery of epi by EMTs

Wed, 31 May 2017 19:35:00 +0100

Anaphylaxis is a severe allergic reaction to an allergen, which can become life-threatening if not treated immediately with epinephrine. Epinephrine acts as a bronchodilator and vasoconstrictor to reduce the symptoms of anaphylaxis and maintain blood pressure. Patients with known anaphylaxis are typically prescribed epinephrine automatic injectors (EAIs) for personal use in the case of an anaphylactic reaction. Due to the need for rapid treatment, and because of the ease of administration, virtually all states authorize administration of epinephrine via auto-injections as part of emergency medical technician (EMT) scope of practice.1 In 1999, the Washington state legislature passed the Christine Castner Act requiring that all EMTs be trained and equipped to administer epinephrine with EAIs...



Nearly 4 Percent of Americans Suffer from Food Allergies

Wed, 31 May 2017 16:00:00 +0100

Study finds most common allergy is to shellfish, but peanuts also pose big threat Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Anaphylaxis, Food Allergy (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)



Needless Hospitalizations for Kids With Anaphylaxis Lower After Intervention Needless Hospitalizations for Kids With Anaphylaxis Lower After Intervention

Fri, 26 May 2017 16:21:34 +0100

Unnecessary hospitalizations for children with anaphylaxis have dropped following a multicomponent quality-improvement intervention at Boston Children's Hospital, according to a new report.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)

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Plant grower develops a weapons-grade chili pepper that's so hot it could kill you

Thu, 25 May 2017 12:04:17 +0100

(Natural News) If  the name “dragon’s breath chili” strikes fear in your mortal heart, that’s because it should. The pepper, developed by Welsh plant grower Mike Smith in collaboration with Nottingham Trent University, is so hot that even a bite of it could send a person into anaphylactic shock. If that’s not enough to get you... (Source: NaturalNews.com)



These Intestinal Worms Might Be Hiding In Your Sushi, Doctors Warn

Thu, 18 May 2017 19:55:52 +0100

By Amanda MacMillan As sushi and other raw seafood dishes become more popular in Western countries, doctors are warning about a dangerous parasite that could be lurking in undercooked fish and squid. Writing in BMJ Case Reports, gastroenterologists in Portugal recount the tale of a 32-year-old patient who was admitted to the hospital with severe stomach pain, vomiting, and a week-long fever. When he mentioned that he’d recently eaten sushi, his doctors suspected anisakiasis — a parasitic disease caused by tiny worms, called nematodes, that attach to the wall of the stomach, esophagus, or intestine. Sure enough, using an endoscope (a long tube with a with a camera on the end), doctors were able to spot an anisakis larva attached to the patient’s swollen and inflamed g...



Expired EpiPens May Still Help Save a Life: Study

Tue, 09 May 2017 13:00:00 +0100

But allergy experts advise not counting on older devices if you can replace them Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Anaphylaxis, Medicines (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)



Intravenous administration of cannabis and lethal anaphylaxis - Gilbert JD, Grabowski M, Byard RW.

Tue, 02 May 2017 03:14:41 +0100

Cannabis allergy appears to be increasing. A 33-year-old woman is reported who collapsed and died shortly after injecting herself with a cannabis solution prepared by pouring boiling water onto plant material. There were no significant findings at autopsy,... (Source: SafetyLit)



​How ​my potentially fatal allergy was cured – with 70 wasp stings

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 07:00:05 +0100

Four years ago, Gavan Naden nearly died from anaphylactic shock after being stung by wasps. He became fearful of going outside, but a drastic immunotherapy regime has saved himOver the past three and half years, I ’ve had 70 wasp stings injected into my left arm. Voluntarily. This hasn ’t been an exercise in masochism, but rather to ensure I can go outside without screaming from fear.Every year in the UK, there are between two and nine deaths from anaphylaxis caused by bee and wasp venom. In 2015-16, there were4,451 hospital admissions for anaphylactic shock. In an effort to avoid adding to these statistics again, I ’ve completed an immunotherapy programme. Fingers crossed “the cure” is never put to the test.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Scie...

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EpiPen Out-Of-Pocket Costs More Than Doubled Over Decade

Tue, 04 Apr 2017 20:00:00 +0100

Study questions steep price hikes for lifesaving drugs, even among insured patients Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Anaphylaxis, Medicines (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)



Fatal Mistakes Can't Be Undone

Mon, 03 Apr 2017 14:12:15 +0100

I was at a birthday party approximately 6 years ago for one of my son’s friends. While chatting with the some of the moms in his class, I must have had my back turned when little cups of snacks were passed out to each hungry 5-year-old. I broke out into a cold sweat and my heart started beating in my chest loudly. I was about to yank the cup from his hand when I saw from afar it was from a box of cereal he had eaten countless times before and I knew was safe for his egg, tree nut and peanut allergies. I don’t know what it was, call it “momsense,” but it kept gnawing at me that I did not actually read the box – so I went over to the garbage and took it out. I almost fell over as I read the words on this special holiday edition of the cereal “May contain p...



Defect Prompts Mylan to Recall Some Epipens

Mon, 03 Apr 2017 13:00:00 +0100

Rare cases of 'failure to activate' during potentially fatal allergic reactions spurred the action, company says Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Page: Anaphylaxis (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)



Global EpiPen Recall Now Includes United States Global EpiPen Recall Now Includes United States

Sat, 01 Apr 2017 01:06:53 +0100

A defective part may prevent the device from injecting a potentially life-saving dose of epinephrine for patients experiencing anaphylactic shock, according to the FDA.News Alerts (Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines)



More Than 80,000 EpiPens Recalled Overseas More Than 80,000 EpiPens Recalled Overseas

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 16:00:00 +0100

The company that markets EpiPens said the recalled devices may fail to inject its potentially life-saving dose of epinephrine into a patient experiencing anaphylactic shock.News Alerts (Source: Medscape Allergy Headlines)

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Fatal anaphylaxis in France: analysis of national anaphylaxis data, 1979-2011 - Pouessel G, Claverie C, Labreuche J, Dorkenoo A, Renaudin JM, Eb M, Lejeune S, Deschildre A, Leteurtre S.

Sat, 18 Mar 2017 01:35:44 +0100

The anaphylaxis mortality rate has fallen about 2% per year in France over the past 3 decades. Increased awareness of anaphylaxis treatment guidelines will hopefully continue this trend.Copyright © 2017. Published by Elsevier Inc. Languag... (Source: SafetyLit)



Report: Increase in allergy auto-injector scripts, with little guidance on optimal use

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 15:09:45 +0100

Prescriptions of emergency allergy auto-injectors have increased over the last decade, according to research published in the British Journal of General Practice, but there is little guidance for general practitioners on the optimal use of these devices. The most recent guidelines suggest that each child at risk of anaphylaxis should be given no more than 2 devices each year. But researchers at the University of Birmingham found that on average, kids from their study sample were each prescribed 4 devices per year. Get the full story at our sister site, Drug Delivery Business News. The post Report: Increase in allergy auto-injector scripts, with little guidance on optimal use appeared first on MassDevice. (Source: Mass Device)



Do Results from Peanut Allergy Trials Last Long-Term?

Wed, 08 Mar 2017 13:35:54 +0100

(MedPage Today) -- Kids showed high anaphylaxis rate with at-home challenge (Source: MedPage Today Meeting Coverage)



Health Tip: Create an Emergency Plan for Deadly Allergy Reaction

Wed, 08 Mar 2017 07:00:01 +0100

-- An anaphylaxis emergency plan is key to protecting your child against a deadly allergic reaction -- especially at school when you're not around. Here's what the plan should include, courtesy of the American Academy of Pediatrics: A simple... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)



Fixes: How to Fight a Soaring Drug Price: Innovate

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 08:20:14 +0100

When EpiPen prices soared to $600 for two, a Maine doctor designed a device that duplicates its lifesaving function for next to nothing. (Source: NYT Health)

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On the move: Lilith ’s dramatic recovery from arteriovenous fistula

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 15:00:23 +0100

It began like any typical late summer day. Lilith Borden and her mom, Victoria, had stopped by a farm near their Concord, New Hampshire, home where the 3-year-old could enjoy an ice cream cone — and burn off some energy playing in a nearby field. “We were running through the grass, when Lilith suddenly grabbed the back of her neck and screamed that she had a boo-boo,” Victoria remembers. Within seconds, she seemed to have trouble moving. As Victoria called for help, the little girl collapsed to the ground. At first, the cause of Lilith’s emergency seemed apparent. A small red mark on her neck, combined with a nearby swarm of yellow jackets, suggested an obvious culprit. With a family history of insect sting allergies, an anaphylactic reaction was everyone’s first guess. Lilith r...



Needed: An'Action Plan' for Kids Prone to Severe Allergic Reactions

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 12:00:00 +0100

First line of defense is an epinephrine auto-injector, pediatricians say Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Allergy, Anaphylaxis, Children's Health (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)



AAP Updates Guidance on Epinephrine Use for Anaphylaxis AAP Updates Guidance on Epinephrine Use for Anaphylaxis

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 11:22:47 +0100

Two new clinical reports from the AAP provide guidance on dosing and use of autoinjectors in patients with suspected anaphylaxis, as well as on preparation of an allergy action plan.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Allergy Headlines)



AAP Updates Epinephrine Guides Use for Anaphylaxis

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 07:00:00 +0100

AAP Updates Guidance on Epinephrine Use for Anaphylaxis (Source: eMedicineHealth.com)



AAP Offers Guidance on Using Epinephrine for Allergic Reactions (FREE)

Sun, 12 Feb 2017 23:00:00 +0100

By Kelly Young Edited by Susan Sadoughi, MD, and Andr é Sofair, MD, MPH The American Academy of Pediatrics has updated its recommendations on using epinephrine to treat anaphylaxis. It also offers a … (Source: Physician's First Watch current issue)

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An Inside Look at a Hospital Stay From Chest Pain

Wed, 01 Feb 2017 00:06:02 +0100

As a boy, soon after my mom would drop me off at Scranton (Pa.) fire headquarters to ride a shift on the ambulance with my dad, the bell would hit and the fire crews would be sent to a big wreck or two-alarm fire. So, at the age of 13, I was nicknamed "Black Cloud" by the firefighters because s--- happened whenever I showed up. I've had people go into anaphylactic shock on a train as I rode it to work, and once a homeless gentleman wandering on the tracks had both of his legs amputated by a train entering San Diego's main station as I stood there watching. I call it coincidental, but my friends and the JEMS staff joke that it is "Munchausen by proxy" because they think I cause it. Munchausen by proxy is actually considered a disorder whereby a person acts as if an indiv...



A new option for kids with severe allergies

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 13:40:40 +0100

(image credit: CVS) For parents of children with severe allergies, keeping our kids safe in the event of an allergic reaction is a priority. We rid our houses of allergens, we write detailed allergy plans for caretakers and we stock up on Epinephrine, the medication that will save our kids if they ever experience anaphylaxis. Epinephrine auto-injectors are expensive, they expire every year even if unused, and we have to purchase multiples for home, school, and elsewhere. Which is why we’re thrilled that CVS now offers a generic Epinephrine auto-injector for $109.99 per two-pack — that’s about a sixth of the cost of Epi-pen and a third of the cost of Mylan’s generic version. Before heading out to CVS to stock up, we checked in with Dr. John Lee, clinical director of t...



Australia's bees and wasps revealed to be as dangerous as its snakes

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 00:56:12 +0100

More than half of deaths from bites and stings between 2000 and 2013 the result of anaphylactic shock, analysis showsOf all Australia ’s venomous animals, bees and wasps pose the biggest threat to public health, causing more than twice the number of admissions to hospital as snake bites and the same number of deaths.The first national analysis of 13 years ’ data on bites and stings from venomous creatures has found that just over one-third (33%) of almost 42,000 admissions were caused by bees and wasps, compared with 30% by spiders and 15% by snakes.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)



CVS Now Selling Generic Competitor To EpiPen At A 6th Of The Price

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 13:54:45 +0100

WOONSOCKET, R.I. (AP) — CVS is now selling a rival, generic version of Mylan’s EpiPen at about a sixth of its price, just months after the maker of the life-saving allergy treatment was eviscerated before Congress because of its soaring cost to consumers. The drugstore chain says it will charge $109.99 for a two-pack of the authorized generic version of Adrenaclick, a lesser-known treatment compared to EpiPen, which can cost more than $600. EpiPen alternative (WBZ-TV) CVS Health Corp., the nation’s second-largest drugstore chain, says it cut the price of the generic version of Adrenaclick nearly in half. The lower price is now available at all CVS stores. The chain runs about 9,600 retail pharmacies in the United States, including several locations inside Target stores. R...



Parents View New Peanut Guidelines With Guilt and Skepticism

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 12:00:01 +0100

Alarmed by the suggestion that peanut-containing food be deliberately fed to infants, some parents are lashing out on social media. (Source: NYT Health)

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Experts Now Recommend Introducing Peanuts To Babies At High Risk Of Allergies

Thu, 05 Jan 2017 23:45:19 +0100

For millions of children who have peanut allergies, mealtimes can be deadly. And for years, doctors have advised parents to keep peanut products away from children thought to be at high risk.  But new guidelines issued Thursday state that infants should be introduced to peanut products as early as 4 months old if they appear to be at high risk of developing food allergies. A panel of experts convened by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases says that introducing peanuts early in life can actually help prevent the development of peanut allergies. The new recommendations encourage parents to prevent food allergies by following a schedule of early introduction of certain allergenic foods, explained Dr. Hugh Sampson, director of the Elliot and Rosly...



Unintentional epinephrine auto-injector injuries: a national poison center observational study - Anshien M, Rose SR, Wills BK.

Mon, 26 Dec 2016 11:17:31 +0100

BACKGROUND: Epinephrine is the only first-line therapeutic agent used to treat life-threatening anaphylaxis. Epinephrine auto-injectors are commonly carried by patients at risk for anaphylaxis, and reported cases of unintentional auto-injector injury have ... (Source: SafetyLit)



An anaphylactoid reaction to rattlesnake envenomation in a pediatric patient - Rencher L, Schwartz J, Wilson A.

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 16:27:56 +0100

Rattlesnake envenomation causes a spectrum of symptoms and signs, many of which closely resemble an anaphylactic reaction. Development of airway compromise after a snake bite to an extremity is unusual, but has been previously reported. The majority of suc... (Source: SafetyLit)



A Child's Death Does Not Become Us

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 21:53:26 +0100

It was Thanksgiving weekend and we were at my in-laws home in Florida. I was sitting outside enjoying the warmth and chatting with my mother-in-law when my husband came out and asked me if I had checked my emails. My antenna immediately was raised as my husband has been telling me of late how I am too connected to my phone and laptop. As a food allergy advocate, I spend countless hours online and he is always concerned it is too much. I asked him to hand over his phone ― and quickly scanned our emails. As I read the first email, the tears just started and would not stop. For the past 3 years, I have co-chaired the FARE (Food Allergy Research & Education) gala in NYC raising funds and awareness about life-threatening food allergies. Each year, we list those who have died from anaphyla...



Medical advice insists earlier exposure to peanuts will prevent allergies

Sat, 12 Nov 2016 00:35:57 +0100

Currently, most parents wait until 12 months after their baby's birth to try the food which has a high risk of causing anaphylactic shock. (Source: the Mail online | Health)

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How Price Transparency Caused Patients to Gripe Loudly about the Skyrocketing Cost of Mylan ’s EpiPen and Why Clinical Laboratories Should Watch Next Developments

Wed, 05 Oct 2016 10:00:42 +0100

Medical laboratory managers are getting an important lesson in the power of price transparency to motivate patients to complain about arbitrarily high prices for healthcare services and products By now, most clinical laboratory managers and pathologists know about the EpiPen pricing scandal. Simply said, it illustrates all the flaws and problems in the US healthcare […] (Source: Dark Daily)



Pediatric Anaphylaxis Study Lacks Crucial Details

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 01:23:30 +0100

The Research Carrillo E, Hern HG, Barger J. Prehospital administration of epinephrine in pediatric anaphylaxis. Prehosp Emerg Care. 2016;20(2):239–244. The Science To assess the rates of administration of epinephrine, diphenhydramine (Benadryl) and albuterol to children with allergic reactions including anaphylaxis, the authors reviewed the EMS records of Contra Costa County and Alameda County in California from January 2010 to July 2011. Combined, the two counties serve a population of about 2.3 million people. Of the slightly more than 239,000 patient contacts and 13,000 pediatric transports, paramedics treated 205 pediatric patients with allergic complaints; 98 of these cases had signs and symptoms consistent with anaphylaxis and therefore would be candidates to the administration o...



Can We Get Rid Of EpiPen Price Gouges With Science? An Interview With Ajan Reginald

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 22:27:25 +0100

When I was little, I accidentally stepped on a bee hidden in some grass. My foot and leg immediately began to swell and my day out with a friend ended up in a rush to the emergency room. I was found to have a severe allergy to bee stings and was prescribed an Epipen, which I kept up to date until into my late teens. I have no idea if I'm still allergic, as I haven't been stung in at least 15 years, but it's always something I keep in the back of my mind as one of those things I should probably get checked out. Oh, and I should probably get another Epipen, just to be safe. It became one of those things I'd "get around to" doing, but never did. Lately this nonsense with price gouging made me wonder if there were alternatives. What if we could somehow cut out the middleman of pharmaceutical ...



Members Of Congress Rip Into Mylan CEO

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 21:56:32 +0100

In a blistering hearing on Wednesday, members of Congress went after Mylan CEO Heather Bresch amid uproar over the soaring price of EpiPens. Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), the chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, kicked off the proceedings by stressing the importance of being able to access EpiPens ― auto injectors of epinephrine used to treat anaphylactic shock from a severe allergic reaction. “[An EpiPen] is not optional for someone that has severe allergic reactions ... They have to have this,” Chaffetz said. Mylan has raised the price of EpiPens from $100 for one pen in 2007 to $608 for a set of two pens, leaving many Americans struggling to afford the life-saving medication.  There is no generic auto injector of epinephrine cu...



The science is mounting – giving babies peanuts and eggs cuts allergy risk

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 02:41:28 +0100

Researchers now have ‘moderate’ certainty that infants should be given potential allergens from four months to help prevent severe reactionsIn the 1970s, when we were in school, food allergies were rare. But Australian children now have the highest rate of food allergy in the world. Up toone in 10 infants and two in 10 school-aged children have a proven food allergy.In the 14 years to 2012 there was a50% increase in hospital visits for anaphylaxis, the most severe allergic reaction. Infants and toddlers accounted for much of this increase.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)

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FDA and access to medications

Thu, 15 Sep 2016 11:00:21 +0100

By: Janet Woodcock, M.D. A severe allergic reaction called anaphylaxis is a medical emergency that affects the whole body and, in some cases, leads to death. If you have had an anaphylaxis episode, you always face the risk of another one. To mitigate the risk you or your caregiver should carry an emergency treatment called epinephrine at all times, because every second counts. At the FDA, we understand how important it is for this treatment to be safe, effective, and work correctly every time. And in the case of a very severe reaction such as anaphylaxis, when there may be no second chance, the device that delivers the medication is just as critical. EpiPen, a popular form of emergency epinephrine that auto-injects the dose, is one of these treatments. But sometimes, when medications becom...



Anaphylaxis alert: Allergy warning as risk of wasp stings increase in heatwave

Tue, 13 Sep 2016 10:40:00 +0100

ALERGY sufferers are being urged to stay aware of the symptoms and signs of potentially life-threatening anaphylaxis, with the risk of getting stung by a wasp increasing. (Source: Daily Express - Health)



Anaphylaxis: Hero teacher surprised with Allergy UK award after saving school boy's life

Fri, 09 Sep 2016 14:22:00 +0100

A TEACHER who helped to save the life of one of her pupils has won an award after he went into anaphylactic shock. (Source: Daily Express - Health)



Back to school with food allergies

Tue, 06 Sep 2016 14:55:13 +0100

A back-to-school checklist for parents whose child has a food allergy can set the stage for a safe and happy school year. It’s important to focus on communication with key people, being sure to ask questions. If the answer is uncertain or unclear, continue to ask until it is clear. Read on to see what questions to ask. The school nurse Is there a full-time school nurse? If not, what is the protocol for managing reactions if a nurse is not available? Are school staff trained to recognize symptoms of an allergic emergency? Are they trained to respond? Who is trained? Are lunch and recess monitors trained? Who should be alerted if a child has a reaction? Are trained teachers or other school staff allowed to look for signs of anaphylaxis? Can they administer epinephrine to a student with a...



Mylan's Outrageous EpiPen Price Hikes: How Many Children Will Suffer?

Thu, 01 Sep 2016 13:00:00 +0100

On her first day of kindergarten, five-year-old Sally is eating her lunch and suddenly chaos breaks out. Her face swells, her breathing becomes difficult and, without anyone realizing it, her blood pressure falls. Anaphylaxis has set in. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)

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EMS Crews in New York State Drop EpiPen in Lieu of Lower-Cost Option

Tue, 30 Aug 2016 19:12:00 +0100

The continual rise in cost for EpiPen auto-injectors has emergency crews in New York State, as well as others, abandoning the well-known anaphylaxis intervention for other, lower cost options called Syringe Epinephrine Kits, or SEK's. Mohawk Ambulance Service recently announced its participation in the New York State Emergency Medical Advisory Committee and the New York State Department of Health, Bureau of Emergency Medical Services and Trauma Systems' "Check & Inject NY" Pilot Demonstration Program for the replacement of Epinephrine Auto‑Injectors. Following the recent well-publicized price hike in EpiPens, many EMS agencies are scrambling for a cheaper alternative. Read More at Healthcare Finance News (Source: JEMS Patient Care)



How 12 EpiPens Saved My Life

Tue, 30 Aug 2016 09:01:01 +0100

People with food allergies hope to never use an EpiPen, but sometimes we don ’ t have a choice. (Source: NYT Health)



Clinton Foundation partner raking in millions from EpiPen price-gouging

Tue, 30 Aug 2016 06:00:00 +0100

(NaturalNews) In 2007, pharmaceutical company Mylan purchased the rights to the brand name device EpiPen, which is used to inject epinephrine in the case of a life-threatening anaphylactic allergic reaction. At that time, the devices cost $57 each. The price has since risen steadily... (Source: NaturalNews.com)



Cheaper "do-it-yourself" alternative to EpiPen may be risky

Tue, 30 Aug 2016 03:01:29 +0100

For allergy sufferers at risk of anaphylactic shock, do-it-yourself syringes could fall short (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)

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Mylan to Offer Generic EpiPen

Mon, 29 Aug 2016 16:00:00 +0100

Manufacturer responds to mounting criticism about price hikes Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Anaphylaxis, Medicines (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)



Mylan Creates Generic Version of EpiPen

Mon, 29 Aug 2016 13:20:00 +0100

NEW YORK (AP) — Mylan says it will make available a generic version of its EpiPen, as criticism mounts over the price of its injectable medicine. The company said Monday that its U.S. subsidiary will put out a generic version of the EpiPen that will have a list price of $300 for a two-pack — about half the current price. It will be available in both 0.15 mg and 0.30 mg strengths. EpiPens are used in emergencies to treat severe allergies to insect bites and foods like nuts and eggs that can lead to anaphylactic shock. People usually keep a number of EpiPens handy at home, school or work. The syringes, prefilled with the hormone epinephrine, expire after a year. Mylan N.V. said that it anticipates having the generic versions available in the next several weeks. It will contin...



Innovators Vs. Exploiters: Drug Pricing And The Future Of Pharma

Mon, 29 Aug 2016 10:36:00 +0100

Pharmaceutical pricing got thrown onto the front page again last week, causing the expected anaphylactic reactions among politicians, practitioners and parents. The root of this crisis: EpiPen’s 600% price increase over the past eight years. The biannual upticks underlying that number finally caused a blowback as back-to-school buyers were faced with big out-of-pocket expenses this year that their insurers passed on to them. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)



Here's What Parents Of Kids With Life-Threatening Allergies Think Of The EpiPen Price Increases

Sat, 27 Aug 2016 16:06:31 +0100

Jennifer DiMercurio’s 7-year-old son, Liam, relies on the EpiPen, an auto injector used to treat anaphylactic shock, to save his life in the case of a severe allergic reaction. The device delivers a dose of epinephrine that’s worth about $1. But over the past nine years, Mylan, the pharmaceutical company which makes the EpiPen, has increased the price of the patented injecting device from $100 to $600. That increase put the DiMercurios in a bind. In January 2015, DiMercurio’s husband started a new job that didn’t include health insurance. The family turned to the private market, where they found a plan that would cover Liam and Jennifer, who had developed a Latex allergy ― but it had a hefty deductible. So on two occasions, after using up their stash to save each...

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How Do EpiPens Work?

Fri, 26 Aug 2016 19:17:41 +0100

The price of EpiPens has increased more than 400 percent since 2007. People who need to keep them on hand — often because they may need the emergency drug in case they have a life-threatening allergic reaction — brought the price increase to light, and eventually it reached Congress: In a letter to Mylan, the company that makes EpiPens, Sen. Charles Grassley of Iowa has now asked the company to explain its pricing. But how do EpiPens work? EpiPens are a type of epinephrine auto-injector, which means they work by automatically injecting a dose of the hormone epinephrine (also called adrenaline) into a person’s body. This could be done, for example, during a severe allergic reaction called anaphylaxis. [9 Weirdest Allergies] In a person with anaphylaxis, the immune system r...



This EpiPen News Is Part of A Disturbing Trend

Fri, 26 Aug 2016 14:11:26 +0100

The TV was on as we sat waiting to be called in for our check-up.  My son, who is 11, turned his head as he heard the anchor use the word “EpiPen.” He is in tune since he has a life threatening peanut allergy and the EpiPen has saved his life.  His face was full of emotion as he listened to the anchor talk about how some people could no longer afford this life-saving device. He shook his head and said “Mom, that can’t be right, they can’t be right, can they, everyone who needs an EpiPen should have one.”   The media has exploded as word spread of some parents paying well over 600 dollars for this necessary, life-saving device. Headlines abound about big pharmacy greed and patients forced to pay outrageous prices, and this issue has enrage...



Sarah Jessica Parker Ends Mylan Partnership Over EpiPen Price Hike

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 16:53:35 +0100

Sarah Jessica Parker has ended her relationship with the controversial pharmaceutical company Mylan.  In May, the actress joined forces with the makers of the EpiPen through a campaign called Anaphylaxis for Reel. At the time, Parker urged awareness for life-threatening allergies and revealed that the issue is personal for her because her 13-year-old son, James Wilke Broderick has a severe peanut and hazelnut allergy.  But following reports that the company raised the price of their standard two-pack of EpiPens from $100 in 2009 to $600 in 2016, Parker publicly cut ties and condemned the price hike. “I’m left disappointed, saddened and deeply concerned by Mylan’s actions,” she said in her statement on Instagram. Her original ad from May:  ...



Senators press Mylan on EpiPen price hike

Wed, 24 Aug 2016 14:41:52 +0100

By Sarah Faulkner UPDATED August 24, 2016, with comment from Hilary Clinton. Sens. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) are pressing Mylan (NSDQ:MYL) for information on its 400% price increase for the EpiPen epinephrine auto-injector, which went from $100 in 2008 to more than $500 despite stable manufacturing costs. The pressure comes amid a nationwide discussion about price-gouging, after Turing Pharmaceuticals came under fire for raising the price of Daraprim from $13.50 to $750 a pill. Klobuchar asked the U.S. Federal Trade Commission to investigate whether the company violated antitrust laws and called on the Senate Judiciary Committee to hold a hearing. “Although the antitrust laws do not prohibit price gouging, regardless of how unseemly it may be, they do prohibi...

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EpiPen's 500 Percent Price Hike Leaves Patients Scrambling

Thu, 18 Aug 2016 21:53:25 +0100

The EpiPen, an easy-to-use injectable shot filled with medicine that can stop a life-threatening allergic reaction, has increased in price from about $100 for a pack of two pens in 2009 to over $600 this year. Pharmaceutical company Mylan purchased the rights to the pen back in 2007, and it appears that they’ve taken a page from “pharma bro” Martin Shkreli and re-priced their newly acquired product. That is, they’ve spiked prices for no apparent research and development reason related to the product, except perhaps to make up for the tens of millions of dollars they’ve spent on TV commercials to promote it, reports CBS news.  The price spike also coincides with the recall of one of EpiPen’s competitors, the Auvi-Q from the pharmaceutical company San...



Rising cost of life-saving EpiPen leaves some at risk

Wed, 17 Aug 2016 03:16:58 +0100

Forty-three million Americans are at risk for anaphylaxis, a potentially life-threatening allergic reaction to anything from bee stings to peanut butter. They need to carry EpiPens everywhere they go -- but the cost is soaring. Vinita Nair found out why. (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)



No, You Don’t Have To Have Celiac Disease To Have A Wheat Sensitivity

Fri, 29 Jul 2016 19:37:07 +0100

People who don’t have a diagnosis for celiac disease or a wheat allergy may face a lot of scorn and derision for claiming to be sensitive to wheat products, skipping pasta and bread.  But a new study by scientists at Columbia University may explain why certain grain products can cause intestinal discomfort in some people, even if they don’t have a widely-recognized medical condition. It may also present doctors with a new way to test for this non-celiac wheat sensitivity, which for now has no diagnostic measure and must be assessed clinically, according to a person’s symptoms. Not everyone who feels discomfort after eating wheat has wheat sensitivity, and lead author Armin Alaedini of the Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University Medical Center said he hoped that ...



'Limited risk': Inquiry finds no proof to back most peanut plane fears

Sat, 23 Jul 2016 14:00:00 +0100

Despite fears the mere presence of a peanut on a plane could inflame allergies, a Transportation Ministry inquiry has found "limited risk" anything other than actually ingesting a nut will cause an anaphylactic reaction. (Source: CBC | Health)

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Anaphylaxis

Wed, 20 Jul 2016 07:00:00 +0100

Title: AnaphylaxisCategory: Diseases and ConditionsCreated: 4/15/2000 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 7/20/2016 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Allergies General)



Rising Cost of EpiPens Forcing Some Allergy Sufferers to Switch to Syringes

Fri, 15 Jul 2016 17:28:12 +0100

Denise Ure was midway through an afternoon snack when she tasted the peanut. Driving home from work in peak hour traffic, she had opened up a prepackaged bag of coconut cashews, a snack she had been eating for years without problems. Despite her peanut allergy, tree nuts are safe for her to eat. Upon tasting the peanut, she spat the nut mixture into a vomit bag she kept in the car and waited to see if she would experience any symptoms of a severe allergic reaction. "I had a couple of choices. Pull over and call 911 and use the EpiPen, or drive to the hospital using a low traffic route and use the EpiPen if my body started displaying objective signs of anaphylaxis," Ure wrote in her blog. As she wasn't experiencing any symptoms of anaphylaxis, she chose to drive to the nearest hospital....



Peanut allergy and anaphylaxis

Thu, 23 Jun 2016 10:24:26 +0100

A holy trinity of factors makes peanut allergy the perfect fodder for newspaper headlines: prevalence in children; ubiquity of the foodstuff; potentially fatal consequences You must sign in to continue reading this article Hide related content:  Show related content read more (Source: Nursing in Practice)



People allergic to insect venom need precision medical diagnosis, treatment

Mon, 20 Jun 2016 15:20:31 +0100

Three to 5 percent of the European population is allergic to insect venom, and many of them are at risk of anaphylaxis if they are stung. Some patients do not respond properly to immunotherapy and in some cases the treatment has reduced or no effect at all -- which can be fatal. Researchers are now developing artificial allergens and human antibodies in order to enable individualized immunotherapeutic treatment. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)



People allergic to insect venom need precision medical diagnosis and treatment

Mon, 20 Jun 2016 04:00:00 +0100

(Aarhus University) Three to 5 percent of the European population is allergic to insect venom, and many of them are at risk of anaphylaxis if they are stung. Some patients do not respond properly to immunotherapy and in some cases the treatment has reduced or no effect at all -- which can be fatal. Researchers at Aarhus University are now developing artificial allergens and human antibodies in order to enable individualized immunotherapeutic treatment. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)

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