Allergies General Information from the AAAAI

Allergies

Symptoms, Diagnosis, Treatment & Management

Allergies are among the most common chronic conditions worldwide. Allergy symptoms range from making you miserable to putting you at risk for life-threatening reactions.

According to the leading experts in allergy, an allergic reaction begins in the immune system. Our immune system protects us from invading organisms that can cause illness. If you have an allergy, your immune system mistakes an otherwise harmless substance as an invader. This substance is called an allergen. The immune system overreacts to the allergen by producing Immunoglobulin E (IgE) antibodies. These antibodies travel to cells that release histamine and other chemicals, causing an allergic reaction.

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Food and Stress? EVERYTHING is related!

April 30, 2015
Food and Stress? EVERYTHING is related!

Eat to beat stress. Is food related to stress?
Well, it´s actually a two-way street. You can stress your body from food and modern living or you can use nutrition to alleviate the damage from stressful living.

Eating in general causes a state that is known as oxidative stress. When we digest our food we form compound molecules called free radicals, these molecules may be harmful to DNA, protein and lipids in our bodies, which at the same time contribute to a state of physiological stress and premature aging.

Nutritional stress is a type of physical stress, more common for 21st century men and women because of the rapid change in the food industry and consumption of over processed filled foods. Our body in an effort to assimilate and metabolize foods filled with harmful artificial flavorings, colorings and additives causes the release of even more free radicals and additional oxidative stress. We also live at such a high pace that we half chew our foods while on the run adding strain to our digestive system.

Are we filling up with toxins, sugary, fat, and chemically loaded food and then expecting it to cope without any complaints?

If we are not properly nourished, we will not have the tools required to fight off diseases. Nutrition is essential to life, without it our systems can fail, starting with a weak immune system that cannot fight invaders leaving us susceptible to infections, diseases and even to overweight and obesity. Stress also has an additional effect on the immune system. A person who is stressed may engage in unhealthy behaviors to cope and try to reduce stress like drinking, smoking or eating comfort, but nutrient void foods. Stress is linked to many different ailments, such as, headaches, infectious illnesses, cardiovascular disease, chronic diseases like diabetes and cancer, asthma, gastric ulcers, you name it!
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Research to Identify and Correctly Treat Rare Forms of Diabetes

Research to Identify and Correctly Treat Rare Forms of Diabetes

Dr. Louis PhilipsonThe vast majority of diabetes cases—both type 1 and type 2—are polygenic diseases, meaning that more than one gene contributes to risk of and progression to diabetes. However, some very rare forms of diabetes, distinct from type 1 or type 2 diabetes, are caused by single gene mutations. These forms of diabetes account for an estimated 1-5 percent of all cases of diabetes and are called “monogenic” diabetes.

Beginning in the early 1990s scientists started to identify particular single gene mutations as the causative factor in neonatal diabetes—diabetes that appears in newborns up to about 6-9 months of age. In part because neonatal monogenic diabetes is rare, these individuals are often misdiagnosed as having type 1 diabetes and are treated with insulin. However, because the single gene mutations that cause the disease don’t necessarily result in total insulin deficiencies like type 1 diabetes, oral medications like sulfonylureas can sometimes be used to better manage diabetes in patients with monogenic diabetes. The correct diagnosis of monogenic diabetes is critical to manage these patients appropriately, and can make a significant impact in the lives of the patients who are correctly diagnosed.

http://www.diabetes.org/research-and-practice/we-are-research-leaders/recent-advances/rare-forms-of-diabetes.html

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Arthritis Foundation Helps Achieve a Big Victory in One Boy’s Fight Against Arthritis

Arthritis, especially when it affects children, can result in having to say No to many, many things. Just getting out of bed can be a challenge, let alone battling big insurance or pharmaceutical companies to gain access to care that’s needed to manage the disease. While we do all we can to help increase the number of everyday victories, there are times when big victories are achieved in the lives of those with arthritis. And when they are, we celebrate them.

Just this past month, after a three-year-long fight, Zane Breier, who suffers from scleroderma morphea, achieved one of these victories. Last year, in the middle of his fight, Zane was our Youth Honoree for the Jingle Bell Run event in San Diego, helping raise awareness, support and funds for our collective fight against arthritis. At the same time, his condition was rapidly declining and began to spread and affect more areas of his body. Plastic surgery became a consideration, as Zane’s face, tongue and eyes were affected by his disease. He had to have gum grafts, and he and his family began to lose hope. The fight became tiring and the obstacles felt insurmountable.

Zane’s doctor, pediatric rheumatologist Dr. Johanna Chang at Rady’s Children’s Hospital, prescribed Orencia for Zane, but his health insurance provider denied coverage. Their claim was that Orencia was not indicated for children and no “testing” had been done on children. Still Dr. Chang continued to fight on Zane’s behalf, submitting documentation to show that Orencia had been of benefit to other children. But Zane and his family were denied again.

While it was first anticipated that Zane would only need to be on the medication for 6 months or less, that forecast turned into a year or more, and without insurance coverage of his medication, his family of five could not afford to absorb that cost.

The Arthritis Foundation helped the family tap into other resources for help, and the rejections continued. Despite the hurdles, we and the Breier family didn’t give up. We continued to press Zane’s insurance provider to conduct a review of his case and reconsider coverage. The team at Zane’s hospital also reached out to his provider, informing them that, if denied coverage for Orencia, there was nothing else the hospital could do to help slow the progression of Zane’s disease.
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