Meat allergy caused by tick bite — 1500 known U.S cases

A novel cause of anaphylaxis is being caused by a tick bite leading to sensitization to the Galactose-alpha-1,3-galactose carbohydrate. In turn, this causes delayed but often severe allergic reactions to mammalian meats, including beef and other red meats. This allergy is in the news again, and a task-force on this emerging health challenge convened in Arkansas, one…

Article in Allergic Living: Surveys Show Low Level of Allergy Awareness

In this recent article in Allergic Living Magazine, we read about two surveys that reveal just how unprepared members of the general public are to respond to allergic reactions. Given the increasing prevalence of allergies in the population, with up to 15 million Americans and between 2 and 3 million Canadians suffering from food allergies…

Exciting news! Cat allergy vaccine trials now recruiting!

I’ve been following the development of the cat allergy vaccine since it was first announced a few years ago. The clinical trials are now in the home stretch, and if approved, the vaccine may be available as early as 2015. This is wonderful news for cat lovers with allergies. Whether the cat allergy vaccine will…