Bed Bug Prevention to Make Your House Healthy

bed-bugs-preventionIs it possible to treat and get rid of the bed bugs by yourself? Bed bugs are demanding pests to eliminate, given that they hide so nicely and reproduce so rapidly. Furthermore, the egg phase is resistant to numerous forms of treatment, so an individual attempt might not be sufficient to complete the working job.
Treating bed bugs will be complex. Your probability of success depends upon many factors, including:
Extent of the infestation.
Site-specific challenges.
Neighbors with infestations.
Ability out of all the residents to participate.
Achieving proper bed bugs treatment and control may take weeks to months, based on the nature and degree of the infestation, and everyone shall need to cooperate and perform their part.
Before starting, you need to lay out all the steps on a calendar.
Identify the Problem
Inspect infested places, plus surrounding living areas, to find out extent of infestation.
Properly identify the pest.
Gather a sample showing an expansion agent Exit or some other reliable expert inside entomology.
Expansion agents are been trained in pest handle issues and know where you live.
If you have mattress bugs and reside in a flat, notify your landlord, as the models surrounding yours ought to be inspected.
Landlords could have an obligation to take part in treatment. Examine the casing codes and laws and regulations in your area.
Develop a Strategy
Using a new calendar, map out each phase in line with the recommendations in the next sections.
Plan to help keep records through the entire procedure - including dates and areas when pests are located.
Leave period for long-term supervising to make sure all the bed bugs have died.
Keep carefully the Infestation from Spreading
Anything eliminated from the area should be put into a sealed plastic handbag and treated.
Items that can't be treated should end up being put into a sealed plastic material bag and remaining for a protracted period of period to make sure any active bugs are usually dead (study shows variation inside the amount of time needed, but it is often as long as per year).
Empty the vacuum cleaner after each use.
Seal the particular bag and throw it out within an outdoor trash container.
Don't discard furniture when you can get rid of the bed bugs as a result.
If furniture can't be salvaged, discard it responsibly. Destroy it so another person won't become tempted to create it to their home. For instance:
Rip covers and get rid of stuffing from furnishings items.
Make use of spray paint to tag furniture with "Mattress Bugs."
Take steps to possess infested items found as quickly as possible by the trash selection agency.
Prepare for Treatment
Jumping directly into control is tempting, but won't work. Finding your way through treatment is vital to getting successful handle. It will help by rendering it easier that you should monitor for mattress bugs that haven't been recently completely eliminated. This preparation ought to be conducted whether you do the procedure yourself or hiring a specialist.

Unique Features That Make SAGES 2016 THE Meeting to Attend!

Less Than 3 Weeks Left to Register at the Early Bird Rate! If you’ve never been to a SAGES meeting, or if you are a devoted meeting attendee, SAGES 2016 promises to deliver! Unique features that make this THE meeting to attend include: Boston, MA – One of the most popular and historic cities in […]

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Limited Space Still Available For All Hands-On Labs at SAGES 2016

Register for These Hands-On Labs at the SAGES Annual Meeting: Wednesday, March 16, 1:30PM – 5:00PM Getting Behind Advances in Colorectal Surgery – This hands-on lab will provide practical exposure to ESD, TAMIS, TEO and TEM techniques of dissection and suturing, under the mentorship of expert faculty. This course is designed for any practicing surgeon […]

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Do you have Dry Skin this Winter?

The festive season is well and truly over, along with the excessive consumption of mince pies, playing board games, and singing carols wrapped up in scarves and gloves. And while we may have partied our way into a New Year, the cold weather certainly hasn’t left us yet. For some, this can mean a longer struggle if you suffer with dry skin or allergic skin conditions.

Cold weather is the single biggest trigger for eczema sufferers, followed by house dust mite and pet allergens. For thousands of eczema sufferers, the cold weather spell could have a distressing impact. Eczema affects up to 10 per cent[1] of adults and up to 20 per cent of school children. The condition is characterised by inflammation of the skin with intense itching, reddening, dryness, scaling and sore, broken skin. 91 per cent[2] of those with eczema say their skin dries out more in winter, meaning up to 3.8 million UK adults are suffering during the colder months.

But it’s not just the physical impact that can be distressing. Skin conditions can also affect people emotionally. 27 per cent of eczema sufferers have stated that they are embarrassed by their skin, and some have even avoided social occasions because...

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Allergy UK Launches Nationwide Allergy Events

Due to the success of Allergy UK’s Annual Conference event over the last two years, where we have the chance to meet and support you directly, we have decided to take our allergy experts nationwide in 2016!

We saw unprecedented demand at last year’s conference at London’s St Thomas’ Hospital and received excellent feedback from delegates on the quality of information such as: “I understand so much more about those conditions which affect my family and myself and what I can do to help, that is invaluable.”

We have listened to your feedback and are building on that success to deliver allergy advice and information at a venue near you. This year we are excited to be able to bring our specialists to you to host our ‘Meet the Experts’ events. We are planning to hold events in five locations across the UK starting in Edinburgh.  The events will take place throughout the year, and each event will specialise in a different allergic condition. They are an excellent opportunity to meet with a healthcare professional, and learn more about how to manage living with allergy.

We will be visiting the following locations:

Edinburgh, April 12th 2016 – ‘Hay Fever (Allergic Rhinitis)’ London, July...

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Your 2016 SAGES Membership

Renewal Invoice is available online YOU WILL HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO: • Renew your membership • Donate to SAGES Education and Research Foundation • Update your contact information • And much more To pay online now, please click HERE or call (310) 437-0544, ext. 110  

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Limited Space Still Available For All Hands-On Labs at SAGES 2016

Register for These Hands-On Labs at the SAGES Annual Meeting: Wednesday, March 16, 1:30PM – 5:00PM Getting Behind Advances in Colorectal Surgery – This hands-on lab will provide practical exposure to ESD, TAMIS, TEO and TEM techniques of dissection and suturing, under the mentorship of expert faculty. This course is designed for any practicing surgeon […]

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Look Out for Winston this Halloween!

Allergy UK has asked their friend Winston to come out to play this Halloween and make himself known to trick or treaters up and down the UK!

We would like to see ‘Winston the Watermelon’ taking the place of pumpkins inside and outside of people’s homes across the UK, not only to raise awareness of allergies, but to show trick or treaters that you are an allergy aware household. Who knows, you may even be able to provide an extra special treat for those ghosts and ghouls who have to be a little more vigilant about which treats they can enjoy?

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As you can see, Winston is a little bit different to the conventional Halloween pumpkin, some may even say more stylish, representing the Allergy UK brand colours! But being different doesn’t stop him from getting involved in all of the festivities, and why should it? He is encouraging everybody else to do the same to show support for the 6-8% of children in the UK who have a proven food allergy and who may be feeling a little anxious about trick or treating this Halloween.

To show your support and to get involved you could give out non-food treats to trick or treaters, or even throw a not-so-terrifying, allergy safe...

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Is the Flu Vaccine Safe for Egg Allergy Sufferers?

We have recently seen a lot of concern over how safe the flu vaccine is for those who suffer from egg allergy, especially from those who have experienced severe allergic reactions to egg. We asked our clinical team to clarify how safe the vaccine is for those allergic to egg:

During the 2015 / 16 influenza season, the nasal influenza vaccine (Fluenz Tetra) will be offered to children aged 2-4 years old and schoolchildren in years 1 and 2. Primary school-aged children in areas of the country that previously participated in the pilot programme last year will also be offered the vaccine. Schoolchildren will be offered the vaccine via a schools-based programme.

Children aged 2 -18 years with long term health conditions (e.g. asthma requiring previous hospital admission), should also be offered Fluenz Tetra. Children between 6 months and 2 years with long term health conditions will be offered the injected flu vaccine.

In all settings providing vaccination, facilities should be available and staff trained to recognise and treat anaphylaxis.

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation have advised that children with egg allergy can safely be vaccinated with Fluenz Tetra in...

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Staying Safe this Halloween

Halloween in an allergic household can be a spooky time for both parents and children. With an abundance of sweets containing unknown ingredients, and face painting sessions it could turn in to an allergic child’s parent’s worst nightmare. 

There are many ways to avoid issues that you may face on Halloween if you do have an allergic child, without preventing your child from joining in on the fun. These include:

Holding an allergen-free Halloween party - this way you can control what is eaten. If your child wants to wear face paint, do a skin test (50 pence piece-sized area of skin on the inside of your child’s wrist). If not, consider making a homemade face paint recipe, this way you know exactly what is going in to the mixture. Introduce the ‘Switch Witch’ into your Halloween celebrations; simply make sure your child doesn’t eat any of the treats they collect when trick or treating with friends. Let the Switch Witch swap these sweets for known safe treats when the child is asleep. Encourage your peers to give out non-food items for trick or treaters, such as a bouncy ball or a plastic spider. By doing this the risk of an oral allergic reaction will be reduced.

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Research Set to Revolutionise Pollen Forecast

Research which is set to transform pollen monitoring will help to identify which grass pollen(s) sufferers are allergic to enabling them to better manage their condition.

Allergy UK has worked in collaboration with the research, which is led by Bangor University, along with the Universities of Aberystwyth, Exeter, Worcester, the National Botanic Garden of Wales and the Met Office.

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A team of researchers are developing a new generation of pollen monitoring which they hope will lead to improved forecasts for thousands of the UK population suffering from summer allergies.

For millions of people, the onset of spring and summer brings misery as they battle with itchy eyes and sneezing brought about by their reaction to pollen.  Around 5% of the adult UK population has reported suffering hay fever and around 10% suffer asthma that can be aggravated by pollen.

However, with around 150 different species of grass in the UK and no easy way of distinguishing between their different pollen grains, identifying which species of grass pollen people are allergic to is a very difficult task.

Understanding which species of grass pollens are in the air in high quantities at...

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Dont let food intolerances spoil your Christmas!

Christmas can be a tough time for those who live with food intolerances. Traditional festivities include foods which can cause problems for sufferers, such as milk products like cheese and your favourite brandy butter. However, if you suffer from an intolerance, you can still enjoy the festivities over Christmas. 

Food intolerance is more common than food allergy. Symptoms can occur later and may be delayed by hours after eating the offending food. They can last for several hours and even into the next day or longer. They usually cause gastrointestinal symptoms such as bloating, diarrhoea, nausea, vomiting, irritable bowel and can include skin rashes and sometimes fatigue, joint pains, dark circles under the eyes, night sweats and other chronic conditions. With food intolerance, some people can tolerate a reasonable amount of the food, but if they eat too much (or too often) they get symptoms because their body cannot tolerate unlimited amounts. And as we know all too well, most of us are guilty of over indulging during the festive period! 

If you suffer with an intolerance, make sure you inform the hosts of any social events you may be attending this Christmas. Our Deputy CEO,...

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For Information: Canadian Auto-injector Recalled

We have been notified of the recall of Allerject® devices in Canada. This is for Canadian citizens and is only relevant in the UK if you’re currently visiting this country and carry an Allerject® auto-injector.

Full press release follows:

Sanofi Canada has issued an update regarding the recall of all Allerject® auto-injectors in Canada. Please see below.

Update by Sanofi Canada on Nationwide Voluntary Recall of Allerject® 

Laval, Quebec - December 2, 2015 - Following the October 28, 2015 voluntary recall by Sanofi-aventis Canada Inc. (Sanofi Canada) of all lots of Allerject® epinephrine auto-injectors of both the 0.15mg/0.15mL and 0.30mg/0.3mL strengths, and given the recent announcement that stock of alternative epinephrine auto-injectors is now sufficient to replace all Allerject® devices in Canada, Sanofi Canada is notifying the public of the following updates: 

Canadian customers are instructed to immediately return all Allerject® devices to their local pharmacy.  Previous recommendations to limit the number of devices that can be replaced for an alternate auto-injector are now removed as a result of the announcement that supply of the alternative product is sufficient to...

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SAGES Holds Project 6 Summit, Launches Telementoring Initiative

SAGES Project 6 Summit, taking place today in Los Angeles, will convene telementoring experts and surgeons to strategize and make recommendations for future directions in the field that aim to accelerate the rate at which less invasive surgery will be available to patients. “In the military, ‘got your six’ means ‘I’ve got your back,’ and […]

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SAGES Fundamentals Testing Information for ACS 2015

SAGES and ACS will be conducting FLS Testing at the ACS 2015 Clinical Congress. More information is available at: FLS Testing Information SAGES will also be conducting FES and FUSE testing during ACS. For more information, please visit: FES Testing Information See you there!

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SMART Enhanced Recovery Program

The SAGES SMART (Surgical Multimodal Accelerated Recovery Trajectory) Task Force provides the education and materials needed for surgeons to adopt a strong, evidence-based Enhanced Recovery Program (ERP) into their practices. As such, SAGES has developed the following SMART Enhanced Recovery Program resources: The SAGES SMART Enhanced Recovery Program website, a living resource of best ERP […]

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SAGES SMART Enhanced Recovery Program

The SAGES SMART (Surgical Multimodal Accelerated Recovery Trajectory) Task Force provides the education and materials needed for surgeons to adopt a strong, evidence-based Enhanced Recovery Program (ERP) into their practices. As such, SAGES has developed the following SMART Enhanced Recovery Program resources: The SAGES SMART Enhanced Recovery Program website, a living resource of best ERP […]

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SAGES 2016 Registration Now Open!

Register Today for the SAGES 2016 Annual Meeting: Quality, Innovation & Mastery ! Pre-Registration Deadline: February 12, 2016 at Midnight PST Visit the SAGES 2016 Annual Meeting Website for More Details View the Advance Program The SAGES 2016 Advance Program is now available in PDF form: SAGES 2016 Advance Program Hotel Accommodations Space […]

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Allergy UK Launches New Logo

We have changed our logo across all aspects of the organisation - you can see it throughout our website from today (7th December). Look out for our new Seal of Approval and Allergy Friendly Product logos too!

If you see the former Seal of Approval or Allergy Friendly Product logo on products and packaging, it is still valid and continues to hold the endorsement. From today manufacturers with an endorsed product(s) will be able to use the new logo, so you will see it appearing on packaging soon.




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Supporting Allergy Sufferers this Christmas

On 28th November 2015, fundraiser and Allergy UK supporter, Maxine English organised a dazzling festive event raising over £750 (so far!) to support those with allergies.

Maxine raised this phenomenal amount by holding a Christmas bazaar and raffle during the day, and throwing a festive-themed disco in the evening. This day and night extravaganza took place in The Chadwell Arms Pub, Essex.

Maxine was inspired to raise money for Allergy UK to support those like her three year-old nephew, Ryan English. Ryan suffers with five allergies: dairy, peppermint, peppers, bananas and has a severe egg allergy, which can lead to anaphylaxis.

Ryan is one of the 6-8 per cent of children in the UK with a proven food allergy[i]. This, alongside the rate of increasing hospital admissions (615% for anaphylaxis in 1992-2012[ii]), makes it essential that fundraisers like Maxine continue to raise funds and awareness for the allergic community.

We are delighted the day was such a success and are incredibly thankful to Maxine and all the volunteers that held stands and helped her out on her day. They have a made a huge contribution to the charity to help allergy sufferers like Ryan.  

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Christmas Tree Tips

Have you put up your Christmas tree yet? If not, be wary of the different allergies that can arise from both artificial, and real Christmas trees. It doesn’t matter which type of tree you choose - if you prefer the fresh scent of a real tree, or the convenience of a mess-free artificial tree, they both come with risks to allergy sufferers.

Allergens from mould, pine oils and resins found on real trees can cause trouble for some people with asthma, rhinitis or skin allergy. Artificial trees may have mould on them after being stored away in damp places, or house dust mite allergens if they are not sealed in a sack before storing. Symptoms from these can include a blocked nose, streaming eyes, asthma, eczema or urticaria (raised wheals and red skin).

There are a few ways to improve symptoms. Hosing down the tree before taking it in to the house, or after getting it out of storage may help. Ensure that you properly dry the tree after this to prevent possible mould growth. This can be done by drying it in the sun or setting it down in a warm place.  Ask someone who doesn’t react to these allergens to move the tree around the house, and also ask for their help decorating it. You can...

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MPs Join Parliamentary Group to Support Allergy Sufferers

Allergy UK attended the NASG’s (National Allergy Strategy Group) Parliamentary reception at the House of Commons on 2nd December 2015 along with a wealth of MPs and representatives of allergy-related causes. The event was held to re-form the group of Parliamentarians supporting people with allergic disease since the general election.

Speeches were given by Stephen McPartland, the current head of the All-party Parliamentary Group for Allergy, and MP Jon Cruddas, his predecessor. They thanked MPs currently supporting the cause, and welcomed new MPs and Peers who had taken an interest in the event.

Dr Pam Ewan, head of the NASG, also gave an address to the audience in which she highlighted that the needs of allergy sufferers should be prioritised. Services in the last 15 years have not changed, and despite increasing numbers of people suffering with allergic disease.

The reception was a great success with 64 MPs attending. They were able to meet allergy sufferers and their families to discuss the impact of the disease on their lives.

The NASG is a coalition of patient charities, of which Allergy UK is included in, organisations and medical professionals, the BSACI (the British...

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Itas Mould Outside

With a carpet of golden brown leaves settling all around us and a chill in the air, autumn is well and truly here. But how do the changing seasons affect the allergens in our outdoor environment? Outdoor mould, and even wet leaves can exacerbate allergic symptoms.

We know that as the winter months approach people tend to spend more time indoors with the central heating turned up, and doors and windows firmly shut to keep the heat in. This means our exposure to ‘indoor allergens’ increases to those such as house dust mite allergen (who thrive in warm, moist environments) pet allergen and mould). As a national charity we are often asked on our helpline at this time of year about how to prevent mould indoors. But mould can be a real problem for allergy sufferers outside, as well as in the confines of their home.

Outdoor mould levels are high in the autumn and mild winters or in persistently mild, wet weather. Fungal spores can be present for most of the year but thrive in mild damp air, so become plentiful in late summer, particularly after harvesting, then proliferate in the autumn. Mould counts are dictated by the weather and local conditions, which is why they can change in...

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Allergen Information Clear on Beer

Allergy UK is supporting a new campaign by CAMRA (The Campaign for Real Ale) who are supporting those with food allergies or intolerances by ensuring all their beer festivals display full allergen information. CAMRA will now only purchase beer from breweries that supply full information on the ingredients going into their beer.

Full press release follows:

CAMRA, the UK's biggest organiser of beer festivals is leading the industry and supporting those with food allergies or intolerances by no longer ordering beer from breweries which don't list all ingredients.

Following new EU rules introduced less than a year ago which affected allergen food labelling CAMRA (The Campaign for Real Ale), which organises around 200 real ale festivals across the UK every year, has introduced new measures to ensure its beer festivals are more attractive to the one on five people who have food intolerances.

Tim Page, CAMRA Chief Executive:

“Every CAMRA festival now has full allergen information available to customers for every single real ale on sale, which ensures that somebody with an intolerance to something like gluten or wheat can be sure the beer they are choosing is suitable for them to...

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Working with Prescribed Formula Manufacturers

We have been asked by some of our followers on twitter why we work with prescribed formula manufacturers for the dietary management of severe cow’s milk allergy.

Over the past three years Allergy UK has seen a dramatic increase in calls to its helpline from parents/carers whose babies and children have symptoms suggestive of cow’s milk allergy. These symptoms can include diarrhoea (often with blood/mucus in it), vomiting, reflux, wheezing/breathing difficulties, severe eczema, itchy raised rash (urticaria), and in some cases, life-threatening anaphylaxis.

Allergy UK’s mission is to serve the needs and represent the views of people with allergy. One of the ways we do this is by providing information and education to frontline healthcare professionals such as GPs and health visitors to raise allergy awareness. This facilitates the process for sufferers to receive an appropriate and timely diagnosis, and correct treatment.

We work with a number of different corporate partners to fund Allergy UK’s masterclasses so that we can provide these free of charge to healthcare professionals. The educational programme content is independently managed and structured by Allergy UK. Our...

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SAGES Quality Summit Meeting

SAGES Quality Summit Meeting May 15 – 16, 2015, 2015 Grand Hyatt, Washington DC Meeting Goals: 1. Determine the challenges and potential solutions for the development and implementation of quality initiatives in health care, 2. Define the role of surgical & endoscopic societies as facilitators in this process, 3. Inspire society-driven patient-centered quality efforts, 4. […]

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SAGES Welcomes New Board of Governors, Officers and President Dr. Brian Dunkin

Advancing Telementoring and Improving Outcomes to be Top Priorities The Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES) announced the election of Brian J. Dunkin, M.D., as President on April 18th as part of the SAGES 2015 Annual Meeting. Dr. Dunkin is the Head of Surgical Endoscopy at the Houston Methodist Hospital in Houston, Texas, […]

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SAGES Joins G4 Alliance as a Founding Member Organization

SAGES has proudly joined the Global Alliance for Surgical, Obstetric, Trauma, and Anesthesia Care (G4 Alliance) as a founding member organization. SAGES Board Member Dr. Horacio Asbun represented SAGES last week in Geneva at the G4 Alliance inaugural meeting. The G4 Alliance is an advocacy-based organization dedicated to building political priority for surgical care as […]

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Interviews from the SAGES 2015 Meeting:

Using Big Data To Improve Patient Care, Reduce Wasted Resources  • Dana Telem, MD, of New York discusses the use of biomedical informatics to improve patient care while reducing wasteful aspects of the health system, giving specific examples.

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SAGES Safety in Cholecystectomy Task Force

The SAGES Safety in Cholecystectomy Task Force, charged with establishing a universal culture of safety in laparoscopic cholecystectomy, has gained immediate momentum. This past January the Surgical Endoscopy Journal published the results of the Delphi survey, initiated in April 2014. The paper “SAGES expert Delphi consensus: critical factors for safe surgical practice in laparoscopic cholecystectomy” […]

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General Surgery News Interview with L. Michael Brunt, MD – SAGES Past President

Immediate SAGES Past President, L. Michael Brunt, MD speaks with past president, Rick Greene, MD about current and future initiatives of the society, including safely using surgical energy and preventing bile duct injuries. Watch and comment on this at the General Surgery News Site.

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FDA Approval of ReShape™ Dual Balloon Marks Significant Step for the Weight Loss Program in Helping at Risk Group of Patients

Obesity is on the rise and is a worldwide epidemic. A recent Lancet study noted that the chance of an obese person becoming normal weight is less than .5%.  Currently in the United States, the obese population outnumbers the overweight population. Bariatric surgery helps patients with severe obesity in terms of weight loss, reduction in […]

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FDA Approves Non-Surgical Solution ORBERA™ To Assist Patients With Weight Loss

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the ORBERA™ Intragastric Balloon to assist adult patients suffering from obesity in losing and maintaining weight loss. Obesity affects more than 78.6 million U.S. adults and is one of the leading causes of preventable deaths in the U.S. In 2008, an estimated $147 billion was spent in […]

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SAGES Welcomed as National Quality Forum Member

As we wrote to you recently, the move away from fee-for-service and toward value based care in this country is not coming; it’s here. SAGES leadership has committed to engaging with the organizations responsible for determining what “value based care” means, so that we may learn about and perhaps influence these decisions. The first step […]

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Sense About Science: Making Sense of Allergies

There are a lot of myths surrounding allergies and Allergy UK does its best to help ensure sufferers are given medically correct information and support.

Allergy UK has teamed up with Sense About Science who today launched a new guide called ‘Making Sense of Allergies’ which aims to end confusion about the condition.

The guide explores the fact that that while allergies are on the increase and although diagnosis is now better, there is concern that non-medical diagnosis could be a risk to the public. Allergy tests and natural treatments offered on the high street have no scientific basis and could be dangerous as well as ineffective. Not only can self-diagnosis like this be incorrect, it can also lead to serious allergies being trivialised and cases of malnutrition, as well as other medical conditions being undiagnosed.

’Making Sense of Allergies’ highlights these issues along with answering other common allergy-related questions such as:

Do I have an allergy or an intolerance? Are allergies becoming more common? Will each reaction be worse than the last?

Our Clinical Director, Maureen Jenkins, has been involved in putting the guide together, along with other charities and...

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Free From Feast Round Up

On Friday 12th June Allergy UK supporters all over the country held Free From Feasts. From picnics to coffee evenings, the feasts were open to anyone who wanted to raise awareness of food allergy and intolerance by showing others how great free from food can be.

We were thrilled to see so many people getting involved, making their own food and getting friends and family to try their creations. To top it off we are excited to announce that we raised more than £3,000 with more money still coming in as we speak.

Read about some of our dedicated fundraisers below. Maybe you’ll be inspired to have your own Free From Feast next year! 

Ross Dethick and his friend Hannah held an amazing Free From Feast coffee evening near their home in Scotland. They raised an incredible £1,697! Here they are presenting our Fundraising Manager Rebecca Carey with a cheque when they visited the Rainforest Café in London.


The Basket Company supported our event this year and donated several brilliant prizes for competitions. A big thanks goes to Melanie Knibb from Le Coin de Mel and Nathalie Dyson-Coope from the Intolerant Gourmand who hosted competitions on their blogs as well as their own Free From...

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Ground Cumin Allergy Alert Rescinded

The Food Standards Agency has rescinded the recall of ground cumin sold by the Bart Ingredients Company and detailed in the Allergy Alert originally issued on 31st January 2015.

The affected product had tested positive for the presence of almond protein which is not declared on the label. The level of almond protein detected was considered to be a risk to people with an allergy to almond. Bart Ingredients Company subsequently produced test results from samples of the same material that contradicted the positive result.

There is no evidence that the contamination was a result of fraudulent activity. 

Additional testing by the Laboratory of the Government Chemist (LGC) has shown a spice called mahaleb was present and not almond protein. Mahaleb and almond are from the same ‘Prunus’ family of trees and shrubs. However, mahaleb is not one of the 14 allergens identified in food allergen legislation. 

The FSA will now work with public analysts, analytical scientists, the industry and local authorities to review these testing methodologies. As with all significant incidents, we will also work together to review our actions and identify what lessons can be learned.

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Are You Allergy Aware?

Allergy UK launches new Accreditation Scheme for Caterers

National charity, Allergy UK has launched a brand new accreditation scheme to help foodservice operators cater for food allergies.

The Allergy Aware Scheme will recognise catering outlets that provide exceptional service for those with food allergies and intolerances, and those that offer ‘gold standard’ allergen management.

The scheme aims to put peace of mind on the menu for the estimated two million people in the UK suffering from food allergies[1].

With around 4,800 hospital admissions a year being due to allergic reactions to food[2], safety for customers is more important than ever before. Worryingly, admissions for anaphylaxis (severe allergy) have increased by 615% in 20 years[3], so it is no surprise that 92% of those with severe allergies worry about eating out[4].

The recent EU Food Information Regulations state that all catering outlets must now be able to provide information on which of the top 14 allergens (including egg, nuts and milk) are present in every dish served. The charity hopes caterers will see the legislation as an opportunity.

The Allergy Aware Scheme is being launched by the charity’s CEO...

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Research shows takeaways are not complying with food allergy regulations

Research shows takeaways are not complying with food allergy regulations

The Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) has published new research today[1] [AP1] (10th July 2015) that shows many takeaways are still not adhering to the new EU food allergy regulations, putting allergy sufferers at risk.

More than two thirds of takeaway outlets appear to be breaking the law according to the undercover investigation, with chicken shops appearing to be the worst offenders.

Ten types of takeaways were visited including Chinese, sushi, pizza and fish and chip shops with over half being unable to state whether their food contained an allergen. The new allergy labelling laws that came into place in December last year states that all catering outlets must be able to provide information on the top 14 allergens present in their food.

In response the RSPH is calling for online food delivery sites to make sure takeaways are in line with the law before signing them up. They are also encouraging outlets to train their staff properly and want consumers to understand the risks of not communicating their needs clearly when ordering food.

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Help Us Get Allergy on the Political Agenda

The National Allergy Strategy Group (NASG) is working to support the growing number of people affected by allergic disease across the UK.    

The NASG is a coalition of patient charities (Allergy UK and the Anaphylaxis Campaign), and medical professionals (the British Society for Allergy and Clinical Immunology).   

We are urging our supporters to contact their MPs, for them to consider being part of the All Party Parliamentary Working Group for Allergy, that is being re-formed following the General Election. 

If you are interested, we have provided a suggested letter that you could use to contact your MP. You can contact them by email or post ( or give them a call.

We really value your support and hope that you will consider showing your MP how important allergy is, and how they can make a difference. 

Kind regards 

Carla Jones

Chief Executive Allergy UK


Template letter for MP's:

Dear (insert MP's name) 

I am a supporter of the National Allergy Strategy Group (NASG) which is a coalition of the patient charities, Allergy UK and Anaphylaxis Campaign, and medical professionals the British Society for Allergy and Clinical Immunology. 

The NASG is...

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Thousands of Children with Fatal Food Allergies Remain Undiagnosed

An article in today’s Mail Online (15th July 2015), explains how children are remaining undiagnosed due to tests not being sophisticated enough.

New research into cow's milk allergy has found that for every UK child who had a cow's milk reaction due to IgE in their blood, there was a child who suffered a reaction, who did not. Specialists are warning that not all allergies can be detected via IgE tests.

The study was published online in the medical journal Allergy.

Our Clinical Director, Maureen Jenkins said: “The EuroPrevall study has been a large, Europe-wide study of thousands of infants and children, the results of which confirm the message that we consistently promote, that an increasing number of babies and young children have cow's milk allergy. The diagnosis of some of these infants and children is confirmed by blood tests for levels of specific IgE, the antibody implicated in rapid allergic reactions that may cause rashes, vomiting, breathing difficulties or diarrhoea.  

“However, not all allergic reactions to milk and other foods cause raised levels of specific IgE; the immune system can act in a different way to produce the non-IgE type of reactions, which may also be...

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Travelling with an Allergy

Now the summer holidays are here, our helpline has been answering a huge number of calls concerning travelling with an allergy. We know that this can be a worrying time for those affected by allergy, so we are here to offer advice to make sure you can travel with peace of mind.


The Allergy UK helpline receives a great deal of calls at this time of year from people concerned about having an allergic reaction on a plane during a flight. Our advice is to make sure you are prepared and speak to the airline or holiday company as early as possible.

If you are worried about eating airline meals, check if you can bring your own food onto the plane and if so remember to take extra snacks in case your flight is delayed. Bring some wet wipes with you and wipe down all surfaces, seatbelts and arm rests, in your area, to avoid any risk of cross-contamination from previous passengers.

There is a lot of debate over the presence of nuts on planes. Each airline has a different policy; some will make an announcement to passengers and some may stop selling nuts on that particular flight, however there is no such thing as a ‘nut free flight’. Unfortunately airlines have no control over...

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Allergy UK at the Allergy & Free From Show

The first week of July was certainly action-packed at Allergy UK, with the annual Allergy & Free From Show. On 3rd to 5th July Olympia, London was host to over 30,000 visitors on the hunt for the latest free from goodies and top allergy advice.

The event provides a unique opportunity for those with allergies and intolerances to meet experts in their field. It is a real rarity to see so many businesses focused on allergies and intolerances under one roof. Allergy UK’s stand was packed to the brim with useful factsheets and information. We were also delighted to meet so many of our supporters, and provide advice to those struggling to either get a diagnosis or keep their symptoms under control.

Allergy UK’s presence at the show is intended to make a real difference to people’s lives. Our Clinical Director, Maureen Jenkins spent the entire show in back to back appointments and saw a multitude of people with complex allergy issues. The sessions were fully booked every day and Maureen offered some invaluable clinical advice, which we hope will lead to a much-needed diagnosis for some patients.

On our main stand this year we had an amazing set of prize giveaways thanks to our...

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Schools Project: Generic Adrenaline Auto Injectors

At Allergy UK we want to see a time where every school, pre-school and nursery holds generic adrenaline auto-injectors (AAIs), and that there are sufficient numbers of trained staff to operate the devices.

Over 1600 of you took part in a survey, hosted by Allergy UK, to share your views on whether AAIs should be made available in educational establishments.

The results were overwhelming. 99% of parents/carers are in support of schools holding generic AAIs. But it wasn’t just parents: 98% healthcare professionals and 96% teachers are in agreement too.

Adrenaline auto-injector devices are the first line treatment in a potentially life-threatening anaphylactic reaction. We believe that within schools, children at risk of anaphylaxis should have access to two adrenaline auto-injectors at all times, although the majority require one dose. But over and above this, we aspire that any child who is showing anaphylactic symptoms, even without a prior diagnosis, has access to adrenaline.

We just wanted to take the opportunity to say a big thank you for your support, your feedback can help us make a difference. Allergy UK and the Anaphylaxis Campaign are working with the professional...

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