Archive for October, 2004

Brownie sends girl to hospital

Posted by SB Anderson on October 27th, 2004

An 11-year-old peanut allergic girl munching on a brownie from the school cafeteria was rushed to the hospital after having a reaction. Apparently, the frosting contained peanut butter, but the allergen was not obvious to the child. Her mom (and the superintendent, for that matter) are concerned with the hidden peanut products. Mom says peanut butter and jelly sandwiches are not the problem — her daughter knows not to eat them. The only point in the story with which I would argue is the statement that peanut allergies are second most common after milk allergies. I believe the fact is that for school-age children, peanut allergies are most common. Read the details for yourself here

Celiac conference this weekend in CA

Posted by SB Anderson on October 27th, 2004

For those of you in the Stanford, CA with an interest in celiac sprue disease, check out the fifth annual Stanford Celiac Conference will be held this Saturday, October 30, 2004. Get the details here

UK girl faces seeming insurmountable allergy challenges

Posted by SB Anderson on October 27th, 2004

This story is heart-wrenching, but amazing nonetheless. Chloe, who lives in the UK, is severely allergic to several things, including coconut. So much so that smelling coconut oil leaves her gasping for air with an asthma attack. She is being taught in a special temporary classroom at a school with a compassionate staff. Reach about this amazing young lady and her incredible challenges here

Food-free Halloween spook-tacular!

Posted by SB Anderson on October 27th, 2004

As I mention in my column, Halloween does not have to be candy-ful. For those with food allergies, candy-free options abound. Check out this story. It not only offers suggestions for a safe Halloween, the story addresses just how dangerous the slightest touch or smallest bite can be to a severely allergic person. Read the details here

Wheat-free living is tough

Posted by SB Anderson on October 27th, 2004

One South Florida woman shares some of the difficulties she faces with her wheat allergy. Wheat seems to be in so many products, sometimes in places you wouldn’t imagine. Eating out is especially challenging. However, as one person states, no wheat means creativity in the kitchen. Read more here (registration is required)….

Infertility-celiac disease connection?

Posted by SB Anderson on October 25th, 2004

Doctors at a medical conference in Prague reported a connection between infertility in some women and celiac disease, an intestinal condition that is caused by a gluten allergy. The doctors said 10 percent of the infertile Tunisian women they studied probably suffered from celiac disease. Read more here

Huge study may answer many health questions

Posted by SB Anderson on October 25th, 2004

The Children of the 90s, officially known as the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children (ALSPAC), is the world’s largest cohort study. This report focuses on one of more than 14,000 youngsters born in the Bristol area (Britain) in 1991 and 1992 whose lives are being subjected to minute medical scrutiny. The study has already helped answer some questions, including finding a direct link between childhood eczema and peanut allergy suspected by many doctors. Many of the creams used to treat skin irritation contained peanut oil which could trigger a potentially fatal allergic reaction in later life. As a result, manufacturers changed formulations. Many other medical issues are being researched. Read more details here

Food recall — Walnut allergy

Posted by SB Anderson on October 22nd, 2004

The Kroger Co. is recalling Kroger Brand Pecan Pieces in 16-oz. bags, because a few of the bags may contain walnut instead of pecan. Read the details here

A kiss is just a kiss — unless you have a severe food allergy

Posted by SB Anderson on October 22nd, 2004

A 15-year-old Wales teen shares the incredible challenges she has faced since she was diagnosed with celiac disease at age 11. She talks candidly about going out with friends to eat, cooking class and kissing — all of which can be quite dangerous for her. Her outgoing nature led her to create an award-winning educational leaflet about living with the condition. It’s quite an eye-opener for those who don’t understand celiac disease or food allergies. And for those of us with food allergic pre-teens and teens, it’s a bit frightening. However, it’s worth the read. Perhaps your teen can read it as well, leading to a discussion about how to handle some of these situations. Check it out here

C-section babies more likely to have food allergies?

Posted by SB Anderson on October 22nd, 2004

New research has shown that babies delivered by Caesarean section are more susceptible to developing food allergies than children born naturally because they do not acquire beneficial bacteria, that protects them from disease as they pass down the birth canal. My two cents: My older son — food allergy-free — was born by C-section. However, the second son was natural delivery 12 years ago and he has an anaphylactic milk allergy. Go figure. So, for what it’s worth, you can read more about the study here