Food Allergy and Serum IgG Tests Serum IgG tests are not useful to make a diagnosis of food allergy according to studies published in The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. Food specific Serum IgG in blood tests shows that you were exposed to the foods in the past. High levels of serum IgG to food does not indicate a food allergy. Powlin Manuel MD, MBA, MS Pediatric Allergist
Diagnosis of early-stage cancer by a blood test (liquid biopsy) is a promising technique, as reported in the journal Nature. The test looks for circulating tumor cells or DNA from tumors. Many malignancies, including lung and breast cancers, were detected early by the blood test. It will be an additional tool for the early detection and treatment of cancer.
New Treatment for Eczema
Dupilumab is a monoclonal antibody which has proven to reduce up 75% of symptoms-score of itching in atopic eczema. Approved for adults in 2017 for treatment of adults with moderate to severe disease, Dupulimab has given physicians a new tool to treat the condition for which there was no satisfactory cure. Also, this is a drug with no alarming safety concerns.
Powlin Manuel MD, MBA, MS.
No reason to worry about peanut allergic reaction from proximity!
Many parents are extremely concerned about the child developing an allergic reaction from being next to someone eating foods containing peanut. Recent challenge studies using peanut butter held 12 inches from a person with a peanut allergy did not provoke an allergic reaction. The study was published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. Powlin Manuel MD, MBA, MS.Pediatric Allergist
Flumist: Flumist (live attenuated influenza vaccine) is back in the market after being banned last year. Availability of nasal inhalation should increase the participation of adults who are reluctant to takes shots. Live virus vaccine is not recommended for those with a weak immune system, pregnant women, adults with diabetes, and those with heart liver and kidney disease.
Obesity increased the risk of death, according to a report published on the website of The British Medical Journal. Obesity with a BMI of more than 35 also increased the risk of declining kidney functions.
Powlin Manuel MD, MBA, MS.
Reduction in asthma exacerbations can is achieved by educating the patients with on the effective use of asthma inhalers by pharmacists, nurses, or physicians. A research study published in The Journal of the American Geriatric Society showed that 30% reduction in asthma exacerbations was achieved by educating the patients with asthma on the proper use of inhalers for asthma.
Allergy symptoms due to pollen are not common in winter. However, cedar tree pollinates in Winter. Cedar pollen allergy can induce sneezing, wheezing, and triggering of an asthma attack. Cedar trees grow in abundance in the Southern United States is a predominant source of allergy in December.”The pollen appears copiously from late fall to late winter” inducing misery to patients with sinus allergy and asthma. Other Juniper species include red eastern cedar.
Treatment for allergy to cedar pollen is basically allergy shots; pollen extract immunotherapy produces significant decreases in symptoms during the cedar pollen season.