23. March 2017

Pollen Count 2017: Less Birch, More Ash and Grasses

Alder and hazel are no longer in bloom in many parts of Germany. Birch pollen will soon be in the air, and the peak pollen allergy season will begin. Stiftung Deutscher Polleninformationsdienst (German Pollen Information Service – PID) has generated … More  

21. December 2016

Christmas Gifts: Give Only Nickel-Free Jewellery

Precious metals used in jewellery are often mixed with cheaper metals such as nickel. This makes jewellery more affordable for many people and a popular Christmas present under the tree.

4. October 2016

ECARF Calls for Study on the Prevalence of Allergies in Germany

After the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, the prevalence of allergies was significantly higher in West Germany than in East Germany.(1) A study conducted 20 years later demonstrates that the differences have decreased to within a few percentage

15. September 2016

New Allergy Vaccine Could Also Protect Against Hepatitis B

BM32, a newly developed grass pollen allergy vaccine, might be useful in another area besides the treatment of grass pollen allergy patients. It could also play a role in the further development of the hepatitis B vaccine, according to the

9. September 2016

Hope for Apple Allergy Sufferers

Apple allergy sufferers have consistently reported experiencing fewer symptoms or none at all after eating older apple varieties compared to the newer ones. A research project will now demonstrate whether certain old apple varieties are well tolerated and whether the

12. August 2016

Controlled Intake of Peanuts May Be Helpful

A peanut allergy can be prevented over the long term from infancy. This was the conclusion of a study* conducted on infants at high risk of a peanut allergy, who had been given small amounts of peanut protein every week

3. August 2016

Interview: No it’s not contagious!

How does it feel to be a 17-year-old girl with 74 (in words: seventy-four) food allergies? What is day at school like for her? Do cosmetics help with the rash on her face? What can one eat at parties? How

15. June 2016

People with Chronic Urticaria Should Avoid Food Additives

In rare cases, additives such as dyes or preservatives in food can trigger severe pseudoallergic reactions in the skin, airway or gastrointestinal tract. While the vast majority of the population does not react to these E number-coded substances, patients with … More  

31. May 2016

Managing Allergies on Class Trips: All Students Should Go

Teachers and parents know that a class trip has to be carefully planned. Beate Deckelmann, who has been employed as a school nurse at Berlin Brandenburg International School (BBIS) for many years, speaks to the European Centre for Allergy Research … More  

31. May 2016

Interview: Managing Allergies on Class Trips

Part 1: All students should go on class trips For many students, the class trip is the highlight of the school year. It is no different for students with allergies. The European Centre for Allergy Research Foundation (ECARF) asked an … More  

19. May 2016

We Have Never Been Abroad

The series of articles about daily life with a child with a severe peanut allergy was read by many ECARF followers, including Annette Steffen (43). Annette’s son Justus (10) also has a severe peanut allergy, in addition to an allergy … More  

29. April 2016

Skin Diseases: When Work Triggers Allergies

On Labour Day on 1 May, the European Centre for Allergy Research Foundation (ECARF) is providing information on occupational dermatoses – allergy-induced skin diseases that develop on the job due to working conditions and contact with work materials. Hands are … More  

18. April 2016

ECARF Expert Symposium with Top-Level Participants

Representatives from the skin care and cosmetics sector gathered at the first expert symposium of the European Centre for Allergy Research Foundation (ECARF) in Berlin. ECARF experts provided them with an overview on how to care for sensitive skin from … More  

Allergikerfreundliche Schule: ECARF zertifiziert 2016 die Berlin Brandenburg International School
12. April 2016

Berlin-Brandenburg International School (BBIS) receives ECARF seal

Berlin-Brandenburg International School (BBIS) has become the first school to receive the ECARF quality seal for allergy-friendly products and services. The school located in Kleinmachnow near Berlin fulfils the detailed evaluation criteria of the European Centre for Allergy Research Foundation … More  

6. April 2016

World Health Day: Self-Diagnosis of Allergies is Inadequate

Allergies are the most common widespread chronic disease. There are around 25 million people with allergies in Germany alone. The European Centre for Allergy Research Foundation (ECARF) recommends that patients seek the advice of a doctor to rule out any … More  

14. March 2016

ADF/ECARF Award 2016 for Study on Gut Microbiome

Thomas Volz has received the ADF/ECARF Award 2016 for his work* on the association between the gut microbiome and anaphylactic reactions to food allergens. The annual €5,000 endowed ADF/ECARF Award was presented at the 43rd conference (10-12 March 2016) of … More  

22. February 2016

Pollen forecast: significantly more birch pollen in 2016

The first signs of spring also signal the beginning of hay fever season for allergy sufferers. Pollen from hazels and alders, which flower early in the season, has already been detected in the air. The German Pollen Information Service Foundation … More