Archive for July, 2005

New food allergy consortium explained

Posted by SB Anderson on July 31st, 2005

We learned back in June that a new Food Allergy Research Consortium had been formed to give researchers a chance to develop therapies to treat and prevent food allergy. As the National Institutes of Health announced: “The consortium, led by Hugh Sampson, M.D., at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City, will receive approximately $17 million over five years from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health. In addition, a five-year NIAID grant totaling approximately $5 million to the Emmes Corporation, of Rockville, MD, will fund a statistical center to support the consortium.” This press release gives great details about what the consortium will be studying and what its members hope to acheive.

Preschoolers can learn to accept differences early

Posted by SB Anderson on July 31st, 2005

There’s a message in this story for all of us: Everyone is different in some way or another. We would get along better if we all practiced tolerance and compassion. But instead of talking about the grown-up world of culture clashes and wars, the focus here is on what young children can learn from preschool, and the differences range from Asperger’s to peanut allergy. Read the story here.

One SC school’s approach to peanut allergy and lunchtime

Posted by SB Anderson on July 31st, 2005

Check out this schools’ news column in The Charlotte Observer: about four paragraphs down, you’ll find an entry announcing how one elementary school will handle peanut products for lunch.

Research points to possible ways to avoid allergies

Posted by SB Anderson on July 30th, 2005

From CBSnews.com: “…On The Early Show Friday, pediatric immunologist Dr. Hugh Sampson of the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York says research points to several ways parents can make it less likely their children will develop allergies…” Read the details here.

Fundraising walks set at sites around the country

Posted by SB Anderson on July 29th, 2005

From Massachusetts’ Canton Journal: “A group of parents from across Massachusetts are joining together to sponsor a statewide walk to build public awareness and raise funds to help protect children from life-threatening food allergies. The Massachusetts event is a part of a nationwide series: FAAN Walk for Food Allergies-Moving Toward a Cure. More than 11 million Americans suffer from food allergies and the number is increasing.” Read more here about the walk and the organization it benefits, the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network.

Short girls short-changed by doctors, study says

Posted by SB Anderson on July 29th, 2005

From CBS2chicago.com: “When it comes to girls’ growth, new research shows that young women may be getting short-changed by doctors. When 18-year-old Amanda Debrielle reflects on her high school years, she sees how much she’s grown, literally. ‘When I was in 8th grade, I was the shortest, by like you know 5 inches, like so it would be like all my friends and then me,’ Debrielle said.” As it turns out, the young lady had undiagnosed celiac disease. Once a gluten-free diet was followed, she began to grow. Read the report here.

Sesame allergy on the rise

Posted by SB Anderson on July 29th, 2005

Here’s another brief report from Florida’s WFTV.com announcing the findings of a recent study that shows the incidence of sesame allergy is on the rise. Check it out here.

Allergy alert – soy

Posted by SB Anderson on July 28th, 2005

According to the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network, Cargill Value Added Meats is recalling 8,722 pounds of cooked corn beef due to undeclared soy.Each corned beef weighs about 10 pounds. Two brands are being recalled:Emmber Foods Inc. Lean N Tender, Deli-Style Cooked Corned Beef and 20% Water Chunked and Formed. The packages bear the establishment number “EST. 567” inside the USDA mark of inspection. The products were sold to foodservice and retail distributors in Arkansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, Tennessee, and Wisconsin.
They were produced June 10, 2005, with a use/freeze by date of Sept. 8, 2005. Block & Barrel Cooked Corned Beef and 20% Water, Chunked and Formed. The packages bear the establishment number “EST. 511” inside the USDA mark of inspection. The products were sold to foodservice distributors in Indiana, Michigan, and Wisconsin. They were produced June 10, 2005, with a use/freeze by date of Sept. 8, 2005.Consumers with questions may call the company at (866) 567-7899.

Allergy alert – milk

Posted by SB Anderson on July 28th, 2005

According to the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network, Interstate Bakeries Corporation is recalling two varieties of Merita® Harvest Ridge rolls due to undeclared milk.The packages of recalled rolls have either a blue or green colored Kwik Lok closure device and are identified as: Merita® Harvest Ridge 6 Grain Hoagie Rolls UPC 12200 04449
Merita® Harvest Ridge Brown N Serve French Club Rolls UPC 12200 04486
A total of 228 packages of the mislabeled products were distributed on July 25 and July 26 in central Alabama and northern Florida. Consumers who purchased these rolls and who are allergic to milk proteins should contact Interstate Bakeries Consumer Affairs Office at (800) 483-7253 for a refund.

UK’s national health program lacking allergy specialists

Posted by SB Anderson on July 28th, 2005

From the UK: “Berkshire has no NHS allergy specialists and the nearest alternative centre in Oxford has reached saturation point and is turning children away. Caversham woman Sue Bannister discovered the problem when six-year-old son Hugh developed swelling around his mouth and eyes after eating humus and was diagnosed with nut allergy. She said: ‘I’d been told I’d have to wait around 18 months for an appointment at the John Radcliffe in Oxford.’ ” Read more details here.