Archive for March, 2005

More food allergies, but why?

Posted by SB Anderson on March 22nd, 2005

yes, food allergies are on the rise, in the US and Canada (and beyond, for that matter). But why? Theories abound — from being too clean to too sad and so on. One way to determine what’s really going on is through a newly-created network directed by a university professor in Canada. The AllerGen network, part of the Network of Centres of Excellence funded by the federal government, will draw together more than 100 researchers from across the country to increase understanding of allergies and move toward better treatments and prevention. Read the details here

More MA schools develop food allergy policy

Posted by SB Anderson on March 22nd, 2005

The Massachusetts Department of Education, which estimates that between 6 and 8 percent of children have food allergies, continues to see its school districts increase their awareness and develop policies that not only focus on how to treat a student during an allergic reaction, but also how to lower the risk these students face. Check out the details here

Researchers studying alternative grains for celiacs

Posted by SB Anderson on March 22nd, 2005

Some ancient grains may be safe for the gluten-intolerant, according to a Norwegian study. Researchers tested certain grains, most are currently cultivated in the historic “Fertile Crescent” area of the Middle East. The results of the study may lead to bread and other foods that can be tolerated by those with celiac disease. Read the details here

Be S.A.F.E., focus of food allergy group

Posted by SB Anderson on March 22nd, 2005

The Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network, based in Virginia, announced this year’s theme Food Allergy Awareness Week (May 8-14). Be S.A.F.E.: Symptoms matter, Act quickly, Food label reading a must, Educate others. The hope is that such awareness campaigns will help Americans with food allergies develop a healthy and safe lifestyle and that others around them understand the serious nature of food allergies. Read the details here

Watch out for allergy to corn (maize)

Posted by SB Anderson on March 22nd, 2005

A health report out of South Africa urges the public to consider corn as a possible allergen if they are trying to determine what caused certain symptoms, such as hives or swelling, that are usually associated with allergies. The report warns South Africans in particular, because maize consumption here is very high. However, corn allergies occur in many other countries. Unfortunately, corn is in many products — from food and drinks to medication, like cough syrup. This report offers examples of obvious and somewhat hidden corn ingredients. Check it out here

New NJ law educates restaurants about peanut allergies

Posted by SB Anderson on March 22nd, 2005

Under a new law, New Jersey will spend $250,000 to teach restaurant workers that serving peanuts and other nuts to people who are allergic to them is dangerous – even deadly. Among the provisions of the law, the state health department will launch a public information campaign called “Ask Before You Eat” to tell people about food allergies. The law also requires the state Department of Health and Senior Services to work with the New Jersey Restaurant Association to draw up a fact sheet on nut allergies for restaurant managers and employees. It recommends that restaurants identify food items that contain or are prepared with peanuts or other nuts. Besides peanuts, the law covers tree nuts, such as walnuts, almonds, cashews, macadamias, pecans, pine nuts, pistachios and Brazil nuts. Among the law’s sponsors are two representatives whose grandchildren have severe peanut allergies. Read more about this law, what is requires and what it may be lacking here

Osteoporosis? Take test for celiac disease

Posted by SB Anderson on March 22nd, 2005

In light of recent findings that link celiac disease with osteoporosis, doctors are urging those with osteoporosis to get tested for celiac disease, an intolerance to gluten. The hope is that if a patient with osteoporosis is found to have celiac disease, a gluten-free diet will help improve bone density. Look over the details in a release from Washington University School of Medicine here

Celiac disease can contribute to osteoporosis

Posted by SB Anderson on March 22nd, 2005

A recent study shows that those with celiac disease are at a higher risk of developing osteoporosis. This is especially true for those who don’t know they have the gluten-intolerant condition. The good news is that a gluten-free diet can help those with celiac improve their bone density. Check out the details here

Speakers announced for Toronto’s AllergyExpo

Posted by SB Anderson on March 22nd, 2005

Physicians, researchers and health professionals will be among the speakers to address food allergy topics at AllergyExpo(TM) 2005 in Toronto. Nearly 25 speakers from across Canada have confirmed their participation in the three-day conference and trade expo for consumers
and healthcare professionals (May 13-15). Topics will cover everything from why allergies are on the rise globally; the latest trends related to testing, diagnosis and treatment of conditions such as asthma, anaphylaxis, seasonal allergies and celiac disease; the impacts of indoor air quality; and new standards in food manufacturing and labeling. Read details here

What’s in my food? consumers ask UK restaurants

Posted by SB Anderson on March 17th, 2005

Consumers with food allergies want to know what’s in their food, especially when they eat out, according to this story. In fact, consumers without allergies also are concerned about what’s in their food — calories, fat, sodium and other nutritional information. Will all this interest prompt restaurants to provide the desired info? Read this for details…