Archive for November, 2005

Researchers stumped on peanut allergy rise

Posted by SB Anderson on November 29th, 2005

From the United Press International (UPI): “U.S. children are more likely to be allergic to peanuts than those in developing countries and researchers say they are stumped over the reason. Various studies have pointed to three major reasons why the portion of peanut-allergic children has doubled to about 1 percent of the U.S. population younger than 18. That rate is higher than many developing countries, China and Israel. Potential causes include increasingly clean U.S. homes that exercise children’s immune systems less, roasting rather than boiling peanuts and many parents not feeding peanuts to children until they are 3 or older.” Read more here.

Another story on this topic from Washington’s Seattle Times.

Story of Canadian teen’s death touches people around the world

Posted by SB Anderson on November 29th, 2005

The tragic story of 15-year-old Christina Desforges, who died last week from an anaphylactic reaction after kissing her boyfriend. The boy reportedly had eaten a peanut butter sandwich; and Desforges was allergic to peanut. As word of her death got out, the story has made its way around the world. Concerned parents of food allergic children and teens are especially anxious. In an effort to help teens stay safe, especially as they begin to date, the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network has offered some helpful tips.

If you care to read about Desforges’ story, the following reports are among the countless running all over the world:

The UK’s Telegraph

CBS News

The Australian

India’s Hindustan Times

The UK’s BBC News

Australia’s Sydney Morning Herald

New York Daily News

Medication protects those with peanut allergies

Posted by SB Anderson on November 28th, 2005

Back in March 2005, the National Jewish Hospital in Denver, Colorado, announced that researchers had developed and tested a medication that could protect a peanut-allergic person from having a life-threatening (or anaphylactic) reaction. Read that report here.

Today, a Denver TV station did a story on this medication, perhaps leading readers or viewers to think the news is new. It’s not, but here’s the report.

FAAN offers advice to FA teens

Posted by SB Anderson on November 28th, 2005

From PRNewswire: “Last week a 15-year old Canadian teenager who was allergic to peanuts went into anaphylactic shock after kissing her boyfriend who had eaten a peanut butter sandwich. She died a few days later after a shot of adrenaline failed to revive her. The Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network (FAAN) is making a concerted effort to reach out to teens with food allergies, and giving them useable and practical advice on how to deal with common day-to-day social activities that can also save lives.” Read more here.

Be prepared when food allergies are involved

Posted by SB Anderson on November 28th, 2005

This story in Massachusetts’ Salem News provides a doctor’s advice on how parents and schools should prepare for possible food allergy reactions. Check out the details here.

National Institutes of Health offers overview on FAs

Posted by SB Anderson on November 27th, 2005

An overview on food allergies by the National Institutes of Health has been posted on the website. The article provides information on everything from symptoms and diagnosis to treatment and avoidance strategies. In addition, readers will find a list of resources at the bottom of the file. Check it out here.

More stories about Canadian teen’s tragic death

Posted by SB Anderson on November 27th, 2005

From the Montreal Gazette: “The case of a Saguenay girl who died after kissing her boyfriend who had just eaten peanut butter is tragic proof that trace amounts of peanuts can cause a fatal reaction, a Montreal food allergy specialist confirmed yesterday. Christina Desforges, 15, died in a hospital Wednesday after receiving the kiss last weekend.” Read more here.

From “A 15-year-old girl with peanut allergy died Wednesday, after being kissed last Saturday by her boyfriend who had eaten peanut butter before the kiss.” Read more here.

From “A fifteen-year-old girl with a peanut allergy has died after being kissed by her boyfriend, who had been eating peanut butter. Christina Desforges died this week, a few days after receiving the kiss.” Read the story here.

Peanut-allergic teen dies after boyfriend’s kiss

Posted by SB Anderson on November 25th, 2005

From Canada’s Toronto Star: “A fifteen-year-old Quebec girl with a severe allergy to peanuts has died after a kiss from her boyfriend. According to the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean Le Quotidien, the boyfriend had recently eaten peanut butter. The girl was hospitalized for several days and died earlier this week. The stricken girl was injected with adrenaline immediately after she grew ill, but it wasn’t effective.” This is the entire story in the Toronto Star.

To read more about the allergy risk of kissing, check out this article from Science News in July 2002.

New EU labels make allergen avoidance easier

Posted by SB Anderson on November 25th, 2005

From UK’s Daily Mail: “People with food allergies will find it easier to spot danger foods with the introduction of new labelling rules. A list of 12 ingredients contained in pre-packed foods must now be named on the labels – even if they are only present in tiny amounts. Nuts, eggs, milk, soya and fish are among the foods included in the list of potential allergens. The new EU regulations remove the “25 per cent rule” which previously excluded allergens found in processed foods which made up less than a quarter of the final product.” Read more here.

Allergy alert — milk

Posted by SB Anderson on November 23rd, 2005

According to the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network, “The Spartanburg plant of Schwan’s Global Supply Chain, Inc. is recalling Albertson’s prebaked 8-inch Pumpkin Pie due to undeclared milk.The non-refrigerated product is identified as Albertson’s Pumpkin Pie with a date code of MM 5259, MM5260, MM5261, or MM5262. It comes in a package with a clear plastic top and black plastic bottom.The product was distributed to the in-store bakeries of Albertson’s stores throughout the United States. The recall does not include product carried on the yellow trucks of Schwan’s Home Delivery service.Consumers who have purchased the product may return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may call (800) 858-2858.”