Food Allergy Guidelines, NIAID

Today, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health, released: Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Food Allergy in the United States: Report of the NIAID-sponsored Expert Panel.

The guidelines are a standardized set of definitions about diagnosis, treatment and management of food allergy including both immunoglobulin mediated reactions and some non-IgE mediated reactions (but not celiac disease). They are based on a comprehensive review of current scientific and clinical literature, expert clinical opinions as well as public comment.

For the past several months, I’ve been working with the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) to ensure that the food allergy guidelines reaches as many of us in the food allergic community as possible.

In the next few weeks, you can read more on this blog: information, news and interview related to the guidelines and how they affect us.

Meanwhile, here are some important links and downloads for right now:

On Friday December 3rd there was a press conference with Dr. Fenton and Dr. Sampson. (I tweeted about it and I know several of you had questions about my tweets.) An audio link of the press conference outlining some of the major points of the guidelines will be available for the next 30 days here.

From a NIAID press release:

Published online by the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, the guidelines and summary recommendations will be freely accessible on the NIAID food allergy guidelines portal.

More information on the guidelines may be found at the NIAID food allergy guidelines portal.

The available information includes a document titled Frequently Asked Questions about the guidelines.

Information for patients and their families will be available at What’s in It for Patients (TBA).

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