Sneak Peek at Allergic Living’s Winter Magazine: from the Latest on the Microbiome to Food Allergy Dating

One of the benefits of becoming a FARE member is the discount you receive on Allergic Living. With the deadline for the popular magazine’s Winter 2016-17 edition quickly approaching – the subscription list closes November 10 – editor Gwen Smith gives FARE’s followers a sneak peek into what’s in store in the new magazine.


If you pay even slight attention to medical news, you likely have heard that the microbiome has become a huge focus of study for diseases ranging from diabetes, obesity and autism – to allergy and asthma. In our upcoming Winter edition, Allergic Living investigates the top research in relation to gut bacteria and allergy – including food allergy and asthma.

Scientists explain their groundbreaking work and why they are increasingly confident that teeming, minuscule gut microbes will lead to a health revolution that could prevent, and possibly even cure, allergies and asthma.

In its biggest investigation of the year, Allergic Living explores how research teams are zeroing in on the specific bacteria that can protect against asthma (in mice so far) or appear to prevent sensitization to peanut or cow’s milk. For instance, Cathryn Nagler of the University of Chicago, one of the FARE Clinical Network centers, discusses her study in which infants fed a formula enriched with a specific bacterium were far more likely than other children to develop tolerance to cow’s milk. These are dramatic findings, which could lead to early-life treatments, such as highly specific probiotic supplements.

This article holds out much promise for the future and sends the message that to manage allergic diseases, we have to change our adversarial relationship with bacteria. As one top scientist says, it’s time to “cherish our bacteria.”

Year in Review: Dr. James Baker, FARE’s CEO, contributes a column analyzing 2016 – a year of highs and lows for food allergy community. From national media attention on the LEAP-On study in March to symbolic teal lightings in May and  the EpiPen pricing controversy that dominated late summer and fall, Dr. Baker serves up thought-provoking insights. He also explains the actions needed to make epinephrine affordable for all who need it.

Other Winter ’17 Allergic Living Highlights  

  • Holiday Baking: Pastry chef Cat Ruehle creates incredible (and incredibly easy) top 8-free cookies and bars recipes. Think S’Mores, Pumpkin Spice Whoopie Pies, Chocolate Fairy Cakes and more.
  • Single, With Allergies: From navigating food issues to kissing and intimacy, essential dating advice.
  • Holiday Gift Guide: Products editor Caroline Moassessi has the season’s must-have gifts – with an allergy twist.
  • Healthy Home: How to winterize your home to keep indoor allergies at bay.
  • Epinephrine Pricing: Where from Here? From brand and generic competition to health deductibles, our news team looks at what’s in store.
  • Bride vs. Nut Reaction: Meet the bride who narrowly averted a wedding day disaster.
  • Ask the Allergy Experts: Featuring Dr. Scott Sicherer, Dr. Hemant Sharma, and Dr. Clifford Bassett.

Subscribe online to Allergic Living magazine by Thursday, Nov. 10 to get this magazine as part of a new subscription. Reminder to FARE members: As a benefit of membership, you get a special price: $10 off a 2-year subscription or $5 off a 1-year subscription.

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