Monday, August 31, 2009

Allergy PR

A lot of allergy information is being sent out to allergy bloggers right now. Must be back-to-school time.
  • Linda Coss's article, "Attack of the Peanut Butter Sandwiches," is still available at her site. It's a helpful resource for schools.
  • Children's Hospital Boston just posted the first in a series of videos about their first patient who is going through a milk desensitization study.
  • Simens Healthcare Diagnostics and Disney have written a Mickey Mouse Clubhouse book about environmental allergies. A free digital copy is available. The press release states that the book was introduced to clinical laboratory and physician communities at this year’s American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC) Annual Meeting. The email I received also shared some of the results of a recent survey. "Allergy testing methods available for children include blood tests, skin patch tests, skin injection and the skin prick/scratch test. The survey indicated that while most U.S. moms (75 percent) know of the skin prick/scratch test, only a half or a third of mothers are familiar with the other options.
    Other important survey findings include:
    1) An average of 1 in 3 mothers reported that they do not know how accurate the various allergy test results are.
    2) The top three sources mothers said they would consult for information about childhood allergies and allergy testing are: A physician or other health professional (98 percent), health/medical web sites (73 percent), and allergy organizations (39 percent).
    3) Overall, the surveyed mothers gave online interactive Websites (42 percent) and books (35 percent) the highest marks as “very helpful” to teach their child about allergies." More information is available on their site, of course.
  • Gina Clowes and Enjoy Life foods share some food allergy back-to-school tips.
Whew! Speaking of back to school, I need to go fill out 3,210,698 school forms before all of our orientations and open houses this week.


  1. i really liked the Attack of the Peanut Butter Sandwiches article. It addressed a lot of thoughts i had about the subject and was written in a way that informed without talking down to me.

  2. Thanks, Tammie. A lot of schools distribute that letter. (With Linda's permission, of course.)

  3. Thanks for posting all of this. I'll check them out now. Also, good luck with those forms...

  4. Thanks for the info. I'm really interested in the desensitization study!!

  5. Wow! Thanks for the link to the milk desensitization study. I'll have to call my daughter's doctor about this. Thank you!

  6. I really liked that article too, especially since peanut allergy is our biggie. I am going to print it for the school nurse.

  7. I know what you mean about the forms to be filled out. I think an entire tree's worth of paperwork has entered the house since Thursday.

  8. Thank you so much! I am printing out copies of the peanut allergy article for my daycare on cardstock so it can be kept.