Archive for November, 2004

New blood test result guidelines change food challenge criteria

Posted by SB Anderson on November 26th, 2004

Though we’ve addressed this before, this “fact sheet” from Johns Hopkins Children’s Center gives some detail into the new guidelines from blood test results and how they change the timing of food challenges. Check out the details here

Dad shares his take on life with a food allergic child

Posted by SB Anderson on November 26th, 2004

This piece, written by the father of a FA girl, clicked with me because we’ve been through some of the same challenges — grocery shopping, family gatherings, changing our kitchen and dining-out experiences. All done for the safety of our son…happily, but not without stress and sometimes a little sadness (for him and us, to be completely honest). His observations, I think, are fairly universal in the world of parenting a food allergic child. Check it out for yourself here

European group recommends testing on peanut oil and allergic reactions

Posted by SB Anderson on November 26th, 2004

A group of experts at the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has recommended that more clinical studies be done to determine whether edible neutralized (alkali refined) bleached and deodorized peanut oils can cause dangerous allergic reactions. Read more here

Missouri school district bans peanuts without the usual controversy

Posted by SB Anderson on November 26th, 2004

Here’s a school district (in Malden, MO) that banned peanuts and its products and somehow did it without creating a lot of controversy. The board put the safety of those children with life-threatening peanut allergies at the forefront and encouraged all the parents to walk in the shoes of those with the allergies. Read here for more details…

Celiac disease far more common than previously thought

Posted by SB Anderson on November 26th, 2004

A study, headed by a doctor from University of Maryland medical school, included 13,000 people in 32 states, found that celiac disease actually affects 1 in 133 people in the United States. That puts celiac disease among the most common chronic (lifelong) diseases. Before the study, doctors believed the condition effected 1 in every 4, 700 people. Celiac disease’s status as an under-diagnosed disease got an official stamp of recognition this summer from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Its experts concluded that celiac disease might affect 1 out of every 100 people. This story also offers several resources for those seeking more information. Check it out here….

More than just another story about the labeling law

Posted by SB Anderson on November 26th, 2004

When I saw this article on, I almost skipped it. We’ve read and written about the new labeling law ad nauseum and we still have another WHOLE year before it goes into effect! However, I’m glad I didn’t skip the story because it actually delves into issues beyond what the labeling law will do for food allergic consumers. The story actually acknowledges that this will not solve everything for FA folks, although it should be a great help. The second half of the article speaks more to how challenging staying safe can be. I especially appreciate the final quote from a parent of twin boys who have peanut allergies. She points out a very simple but overlooked contamination example and then acknowledges matter-of-factly that she doesn’t expect other people to think of those things. The story didn’t educate me, but it did make me feel like I am in good company. And for mainstream, non-allergic readers, it will definitely provide eye-opening information. Read the entire story here

Georgia schools consider ban on homemade goodies

Posted by SB Anderson on November 26th, 2004

Several school districts in Georgia have banned homemade goodies from class and others are considering such bans. In addition to obesity concerns and food allergies, some schools actually are reacting to cases where homemade food sent large numbers of students to the hospital. In one case, the ingredients in one cake included cleaning products. In addition, concerns about proper hygeniene are mentioned as another reason to put a stop to sharing homemade foods. Read more here….

Scientists get a glimpse into how peanuts cause allergies

Posted by SB Anderson on November 26th, 2004

Scientists at the UK’s Institute of Food Research followed the effects of peanut proteins in the digestive systems of mice, looking for answers to a pressing question: How do peanuts cause allergies in so many people? The research told them how large amounts of peanut proteins travel quickly through the gut to the immune system and trigger an allergic response. Read more here

Another story on this research, found on Check it out here

Outgrew a peanut allergy? A peanut a day may keep the allergy away

Posted by SB Anderson on November 23rd, 2004

Researchers from the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center report that the risk of redeveloping the allergy is much lower in children who frequently eat peanuts or peanut products. In a study published in the November issue of the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, the Hopkins team recommends that children who outgrow peanut allergy eat concentrated forms of peanut products, such as peanut butter, shelled peanuts or peanut candy, at least once a month in order to maintain tolerance. Read the details here

Check out Science Daily’s report on this research here

Here’s the Los Angeles Times report

White children at increased risk for peanut allergy, study finds

Posted by SB Anderson on November 23rd, 2004

New research indicates a racial difference in the occurrence of childhood peanut allergy, according to findings presented in Boston, MA, at the annual scientific meeting of the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology. According to the study, white children have a higher risk of developing an allergy to peanuts than their non-white peers. Read more here