Much has happened over the past year and individuals and families with food allergy have a lot to celebrate:
We found out that we should carry 2 doses of epinephrine.
We discovered how to turn off a food reaction in mice.
We educated the public about bullying experienced by our food allergic kids.
More allergists are trying densensitization programs with food allergic patients.
We read about the creation of a low-allergy peanut.
We're able to determine through a blood test which infants are at increased risk for developing allergies.
Researchers are on the way to discovering the gene that could be responsible for eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE).
Conferences, like one run by AAAAI, were a great source of exciting studies and new information.
The discovery of a specific molecule that directs immune cells to develop the capability to produce an allergic response helps researchers with another piece of the allergy puzzle.
So, like with many other things, we have much to be grateful for and much more to do.
Thank you readers for checking in throughout 2010. I look forward to a new year filled with many more advances in food allergy, but I can't wait for the day when I can say, "We have a cure!".
Happy New Year!