Jan 31, 2020 - Health

FDA approves first treatment for peanut allergy

The Food and Drug Administration approved a treatment called Palforzia from Aimmune Therapeutics on Friday that would help treat those with peanut allergies.

Why it matters: Food allergies have been on the rise among children and adults, some with life-threatening conditions that cause an anaphylactic reaction from exposure. 

Details: For children ages 4 to 17, the new therapy derived from peanut powder will be prescribed, and mixed it into their food everyday to build up a resistance.

  • Patients and their caregivers still must carry injectable epinephrine.
  • Aimmune set the price of Palforzia at $890 per month, or nearly $11,000 per year.
  • Roth Capital Research analyst Zegbeh Jallah says the Palforzia could generate annual sales of $1 billion by 2026, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Go deeper: Food allergies more common among adults in the U.S.

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Betting on the future of breakfast

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

America's most popular chains are spending millions and hiring thousands in the battle for the growing breakfast market.

The big picture: Restaurants are betting that expanding into the morning meal could turn into a windfall. Americans ate 102 billion breakfasts last year, per the research firm NPD Group — and breakfast is the only time of day that restaurant foot traffic in the U.S. is growing.

Unilever pledges to stop advertising food and drinks to kids

A boy eats ice cream during the Children's Day celebration in Bangkok, Thailand in January. Photo: Chaiwat Subprasom/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

Multinational corporate giant Unilever pledged this week that it will stop advertising food and drinks to children under 12 through traditional media, and kids younger than 13 on social media by the end of the year.

What they're saying: Citing the World Health Organization's alarm bell on childhood obesity, Unilever says that ice cream brand Wall's will not exceed 110 calories or contain more than 12g of sugar per portion.

Go deeperArrowFeb 15, 2020 - Health

Americans are visiting primary care doctors less often

Adults in the U.S. are visiting primary care doctors less often, according to a new study in the Annals of Internal Medicine, which could foreshadow worse health outcomes and higher costs.

By the numbers: The study, which focused on adults enrolled with a large commercial insurer, found that, between 2008 and 2016, visits to primary care physicians declined by 24.2%, and nearly half of adults didn't visit one in any given year by the end of the time frame.

Go deeperArrowFeb 4, 2020 - Health