Press Releases

In an effort to assist registered members of the press with planning coverage, the AAAAI makes its press releases available in advance of the 2017 Annual Meeting. However, each release is strictly embargoed until the date and time stated on it. Direct all questions to Rachel Maidl at (414) 272-6071 or


Black Children Six Times More Likely to Die of Asthma

A national study found that black children are six times more likely to die from asthma than Hispanic or white children in the U.S.

Based on Abstract 283, “Where Do Children with Asthma Die? A National Perspective from 2003 to 2014.”

New Study Examines Effects of Breast Feeding, Pumping and Formula Food on Early Childhood Food Allergy

Infants fed with a combination of different feeding methods were at higher risk of developing food allergies.

Based on Late-Breaking Abstract L32, “Mixed Infant Feeding - Direct Breastfeeding, Pumping and Feeding, and Formula Food Poses a Risk for Food Allergy in Early Childhood.”

Early Life Secondhand Smoke Exposure May Have an Effect on Food Allergy Development

Infants with smoking parents are more at risk for egg and peanut allergies in adolescence than infants with non-smoking parents.

Based on Late-Breaking Abstract L40, “Secondhand Smoke Exposure in Early Life and Food-Related Symptoms through Adolescence: Population-Based Prospective Cohort Study.”

How Safe is Subcutaneous and Sublingual Allergen Immunotherapy?

Researchers analyzed 8 years of data and found that while overall systemic reactions have been declining, people with asthma were most at risk for them. Also no local skin infections or serious infections from injections were reported in 9.5 million injection visits.

Based on Late-Breaking Abstract L8, “Evaluation of Risk Factors for Infections and Systemic Reactions (SRs) Associated with Subcutaneous and Sublingual Allergen Immunotherapy (SCIT and SLIT): AAAAI/ACAAI National Surveillance Study 2008-2015.”

Mothers with Low Levels of Vitamin E May Be More Likely to Have Children with Asthma

Research presented at the AAAAI Annual Meeting suggests a link between maternal vitamin E levels and childhood asthma wheeze.

Based on Abstract 263, “Maternal Vitamin E Plasma Isoform Concentrations and Association with Child Wheezing and Asthma Outcomes.”

Obese Girls More Prone to Allergic Disease, Opposite Correlation in Boys

Obese girls in an urban environment are more likely to suffer from atopic disease than controls, but obese boys from urban environments are less likely to have atopic disease than their counterparts of a healthy weight.

Based on Late-Breaking Abstract L38, “The Role of Gender in the Association Between Obesity and Atopic Disease in Urban Children.”

Peanut Patch Continues to Show Promise in Extension of Latest Clinical Trial

After three years of using the peanut patch, 83.3% of the 18 patients between 6 and 11 years old who completed the trial were able to tolerate more peanut protein.

Based on Late-Breaking Abstract L7, “Efficacy and Safety of Long-Term Epicutaneous Immunotherapy (EPIT) Treatment of Peanut Allergy with Viaskin® peanut: Results of the Two-Year Extension of the Vipes Phase IIb Clinical Trial.”

Food Allergy Immunotherapy Advances Presented at AAAAI Annual Meeting

Researchers look into the effectiveness of peanut sublingual immunotherapy, walnut and tree nut oral immunotherapy and wheat oral immunotherapy.

Based on Late-Breaking Abstract L7, “Randomized Placebo-Controlled Multicenter Clinical Trial of Wheat Oral Immunotherapy,” Abstract 558, “Long-term Walnut Oral Immunotherapy Induces Clinically Relevant Treatment Responses in Tree Nut Allergic Children,” and Abstract 559, “Sustained Unresponsiveness After Sublingual Immunotherapy for Peanut-allergic Children.”