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LATEX ALLERGIES FOCUS OF GOVERNMENT CONFERENCE

 LATEX ALLERGIES FOCUS OF GOVERNMENT CONFERENCE
 Federal government scientists, medical professionals and industry


representatives will meet Nov. 5-7 in Baltimore to discuss allergic reactions to latex medical devices.
 "International Latex Conference: Sensitivity to Latex in Medical Devices," sponsored by the Food and Drug Administration, the Centers for Disease Control and the National Institutes of Health, will take place at the Hyatt Regency Baltimore at the Inner Harbor.
 Reports of allergic reactions to latex devices such as surgical gloves and catheters have increased in recent years. These reactions occur in latex-sensitive people and appear to result from numerous exposures to latex proteins that are natural elements of the rubber. The reactions range from minor skin irritation to anaphylactic shock that can lead to death.
 In March 1991, FDA issued a Medical Alert to health care professionals warning them of the possibility of such reactions and advising them to use non-latex materials in patients who are sensitive to latex.
 The conference will seek to determine which proteins cause the reactions, identify people who are likely to be sensitive to latex and find ways to prevent allergic reactions.
 For conference registration information, contact Crosspaths Management Systems Inc., Two Wisconsin Circle, Suite No. 660, Chevy Chase, Md. 20815, telephone 800-527-2847.
 CONTACT: Sharon Snider of the Food and Drug Administration, 301-443-3285.
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