Archive for September, 2005

Don’t let Halloween spook your food allergic goblin

Posted by SB Anderson on September 30th, 2005

From PRNewswire: “For many kids, ghosts and goblins are the spooky stuff of Halloween, but for the 1-in-25 American kids with food allergies, the “treat” can be the scariest part of all.” Read more here.

Illinois first US state to offer food allergy educational kits to schools

Posted by SB Anderson on September 30th, 2005

From the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network: “First Lady Patti Blagojevich today announced that Illinois schools will now be better equipped to protect children from potentially life-threatening food allergies. The First Lady launched a new awareness campaign targeted at educating school personnel and students on the dangers of food allergies. Working with The Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network (FAAN), Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich and the First Lady will offer food allergy educational kits to the approximately 5,000 schools and licensed child-care centers in Illinois. The kits will help schools keep kids with food allergies safe from reactions.” Read the details of the press release here.

Teen’s death spurs big changes in law, schools

Posted by SB Anderson on September 29th, 2005

From Canada’s “For anaphylactic students, Sabrina‚Äôs Law is a saving grace, and Sabrina Shannon is the inspiration. Shannon was a 13-year-old Pembroke teenager who died in 2003 after eating french fries from her school cafeteria. She was deathly allergic to dairy products and it is suspected the fries were served with a pair of tongs that came in contact with cheese. She was one of the currently estimated 42,000 anaphylactic students in Ontario.The incident not only made headlines across the province but was also a driving force in the Ontario government passing legislation to establish minimum standards for schools on how to recognize and handle anaphylactic shock. The law takes effect January 1, 2006.” Read the details here.

Woman’s anaphylactic death leaves young daughter behind; but life insurance policy voided

Posted by SB Anderson on September 28th, 2005

From the UK’s “Karen Jarvis (48) was heartbroken when her younger sister Vicki died at the Glastonbury Festival two years ago, aged 33. Karen quickly put aside her own pain to look after her niece, Jade, who was just eight. Now she is locked in a dispute with Norwich Union over her sister’s life insurance policy. The company say an error made by Vicki when filling in her policy makes the policy void. Karen believes the company should pay out as the details left off the policy had no relevance to Vicki’s death. She said: ‘Vicki died of a massive allergic reaction. The coroner’s report says it was anaphylactic shock…’ ” Read more here.

Shock: what it is, what to do to treat it

Posted by SB Anderson on September 28th, 2005

From Africa’s “… A person going into shock may seem restless and anxious, or, conversely, lethargic and sleepy. The skin feels cold and sweaty, and often looks pale and bluish. When shock results from blood vessel dilation, however, the skin may be warm and flushed at first, and cold, clammy skin and lethargy only occur later on. Usually, breathing is rapid…” Read here about different kinds of shock, including anaphylactic shock due to allergic reaction, and the detailed tips on what to do when someone goes into shock.

Non-Jewish consumers flock to kosher food. Are food allergies/sensitivities the reason?

Posted by SB Anderson on September 28th, 2005

From “Kosher food has garnered major attention from a new crop of consumers who do not follow traditional Jewish dietary laws. According to a recent Mintel report on Kosher Foods, more than 55 percent of respondents who buy kosher foods feel that kosher products hold a higher mark of safety and health than non-kosher items. Overall, one in five respondents in Mintel’s survey said that they purchase kosher products.” Read more here.

Swedish scientists produce “allergy-free” apple

Posted by SB Anderson on September 28th, 2005

From “An apple with a reduced amount of the protein Mal d 1, which is known to cause allergic reactions, has been developed by scientists in Sweden.” Read the details here.

Company announces human trial for treatment of celiac disease

Posted by SB Anderson on September 27th, 2005

From Alba Therapeutics: “Alba Therapeutics Corp. today announced that it has begun first human dosing of AT-1001, an orally administered zonulin receptor antagonist that is being developed for the treatment of Celiac Disease (CD). The double blind, placebo controlled dose escalation study will evaluate the safety, tolerability and pharmacokinetics of AT-1001 and is being conducted in twenty-four normal volunteers.” Read the details here.

Sneaky celiac disease: symptoms difficult to pin down

Posted by SB Anderson on September 26th, 2005

From Australia’s “When Penny Nicholas was studying to be a dietitian, she started to experience a range of symptoms, from signs of anaemia to lethargy, weakness, a lack of concentration, and a general lack of wellbeing. It all happened gradually though, and the 19-year-old from Cattai, NSW, was unsure what was wrong. Nicholas’s mother was concerned about her daughter because of her own health history. She has coeliac disease – an intestinal intolerance to dietary gluten, which is the protein component of wheat, rye, barley and possibly oats. It’s also a disease with familial tendencies.” Read more here.

Keeping FA kids safe — everywhere

Posted by SB Anderson on September 26th, 2005

From Massachusetts’ “He’s only 12, but Douglas Bergeron leads a fairly solitary life. ‘It’s very stressful,’ he says. There are lunches alone or with a couple of others like him in the school cafeteria at Dracut’s Lakeview Junior High School. Unlike most kids, he dreads Halloween. It’s been like this since he was a year or so old and his face turned blotchy, his lips blue, his breathing shallow and labored.” Read more here.