Top 10 Food Allergy Breakthroughs of 2021


December 28, 2021

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As families and healthcare providers struggle to manage food allergies, 2021 has seen significant advances in research and treatment. Here are our top 10 stories of the developments and improvements benefiting these patients.

According to researchers at the Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago, individual nuts show different results during oral dietary challenges. Read more.

Ruchi S. Gupta

Many parents still fail to introduce peanuts to infants before the age of 11 months, reported Ruchi S. Gupta, MD, MPH, director of the Institute for Public Health and Medicine – Center for Food Allergy and Asthma Research, at this year’s American College of Asthma, Allergy & Immunology Annual Scientific Meeting. Read more.

Stopping cow formula early due to general recommendations for exclusive breastfeeding can lead to milk allergy in infants, Tetsuhiro Sakihara, MD, from Heartlife Hospital in Okinawa, Healio said. Read more.

Prolonged oral immunotherapy with Peanut (Arachis hypeogaea) Allergen Powder-dnfp (Palforzia, Aimmune Therapeutics) improves allergic responses to peanuts, according to Mohamed Yassine, MD, by Aimmune Therapeutics. Read more.

Only 11.3% of adult patients saw resolution of peanut allergies diagnosed in childhood, Rima Rachid, MD; Rayan Kteish, MD; and WormtoI CA Kalwajtys, BS, report to the ACAAI Annual Scientific Meeting. Read more.

Douglas H. Jones

Which food allergic patients are candidates for oral immunotherapy? Douglas H. Jones, MD, co-founder of Global Food Therapy, explains in our exclusive Q&A. Read more.

Adolescents with peanut allergy experience quality of life issues very differently, William A. McCann, MD, Allergy Partners PA, reported at the ACAAI Annual Scientific Meeting. Read more.

Doctors can work with parents and teachers to make sure schools are safe for students with food allergies, said Sally Schoessler, MSEd, BSN, RN, AE-C, from Allergy & Asthma Network, in our exclusive interview. Read more.

International guidelines for milk allergy in primary care may promote overdiagnosis by attributing symptoms common to many conditions in infancy to cow’s milk allergy, Rosie Vincent, MBChB, of Bristol Royal Infirmary, Healio said. Read more.

Multi-item inventories can help doctors better protect children by assessing whether they’ve been bullied in school because of their food allergies, said Frances Cooke, BA, of the National Children’s Hospital. Read more.


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