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The Superman, Food Allergy Analogy

The Superman, Food Allergy Analogy

“Superman and kryptonite are make believe and make for an awesome story. But food allergy is very real and must be taken seriously.” Written by Michael Pistiner, MD, MMSc The Superman, Food Allergy Analogy   Like lots of kids, Superman is faster than a speeding bullet and can’t be stopped. Like teenagers, he […]

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Food Allergy Awareness for a New School Year

Food Allergy Awareness for a New School Year

Written by Michael Pistiner, MD, MMSc School is back! Let’s Share Food Allergy Awareness! Summer plans are winding down and kids and families are gearing up for a new school year.  Schools are starting orientations for staff and families. This is a key time for schools to […]

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Food Allergens and Pets

Food Allergens and Pets Written by Michael Pistiner MD, MMSc  Pet Food and Food Allergens Some pet foods and treats can contain food allergens.  Common ingredients in these meals and treats are dairy, wheat, and soy.  Also look for peanuts, fish, shellfish, egg and all potential allergens.  The ingredients used will vary […]

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“Nut-free”? Points to ponder

“Nut-free”? Points to ponder

“Nut-Free”? Attempting to restrict peanuts and tree nuts from certain environments has been one approach used by some schools to help deal with these particular allergies.  At times these restrictions can be the center of debate. Understanding the issues that come with nut restriction guidelines or policies require a well […]

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Making The Case For Full-time School Nurses: We Need Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Champions

Making The Case For Full-time School Nurses: We Need Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Champions

Making The Case For Full-time School Nurses: We Need Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Champions Written by Michael Pistiner MD, MMSc As we move forward with implementing policies to care for students with life-threatening allergies, it has never been more clear – school nurses are indispensable. Stock Epinephrine […]

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Food Allergy Mortality: The Elephant in the Exam Room

Food Allergy Mortality: The Elephant in the Exam Room

The Elephant in the Exam Room: Food Allergy Mortality Written by Michael Pistiner, MD, MMSc While written for a target audience of healthcare professionals, this post can give parents and others, talking points and things to consider when discussing food allergy management with healthcare teams.  Unfortunately, food […]

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3 Food Allergy Teaching Points: Let’s Empower Kids

3 Food Allergy Teaching Points: Let’s Empower Kids

Written by Michael Pistiner, MD, MMSc, adapted from Talking to Our Kids About Food Allergies: Children Believe Grownups. Food Allergy Teaching Point #1: Children Believe Grownups Millions of kids around the world truly believe in Santa Claus.  They have listened to the stories that their parents have told […]

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Summer Camp Planning for the Camper with Food Allergies

Summer Camp Planning for the Camper with Food Allergies

Written by Michael Pistiner MD, MMSc PICKING THE RIGHT CAMP FOR A CAMPER WITH FOOD ALLERGIES: Before camp registration, talk to the camp health officer or director and make sure that there is a well thought out food allergy policy that is followed. This is also the […]

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Food Allergy Myth vs Fact: Avoiding Allergen

Food Allergy Myth vs Fact: Avoiding Allergen

Written by Michael Pistiner MD, MMSc Avoiding allergen is necessary to prevent allergic reactions. Label reading, avoiding hidden ingredients and preventing cross-contact are key to avoiding allergens. Food allergy myth can be the cause of accidental exposures that can result in allergic reactions and anaphylaxis. We will now debunk, bust, […]

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Food Allergy Myth Vs. Fact: Anaphylaxis

Written by Michael Pistiner, MD, MMSc Anaphylaxis is a severe, life threatening allergic reaction.  Epinephrine is the first line treatment of this allergic emergency.  Prompt treatment with epinephrine is critical. Here are four food allergy myth pitfalls that can get in the way of the correct treatment. […]

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