Archive for July, 2006

Spiralling allergies in UK

Posted by SB Anderson on July 25th, 2006

From the UK’s Timesonline.co.uk: “The number of people admitted to hospital with severe allergic reactions to food or insect stings has more than tripled in the past decade. A government review of allergy services, published yesterday, gave details of the striking rise in cases of anaphylaxis — the most serious and potentially fatal form of allergic reaction. More than 3,000 people were admitted to hospital last year. Up to 20 of them died.” Read more here.

FA folks poorly served in UK

Posted by SB Anderson on July 25th, 2006

From Reuters.uk: “The growing number of allergy sufferers in Britain are poorly served by the lack of specialists and local doctors need better training to help alleviate the shortage, according to a government review. The report said people with allergies were often unhappy with lengthy waiting lists of up to nine months to see a specialist and that many sought help from charities and other groups. Nearly three million people go to their local GP every year complaining of allergies and about 15 million Britons suffer from them.” Read more here.

Classroom peanut bans work – even when they aren’t in effect

Posted by SB Anderson on July 25th, 2006

A press release from Newswise: “Policies banning peanuts from classrooms appear to be working – even in schools where they don’t exist, according to research funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). Most elementary schools have policies restricting peanut products. But few know how well they work – or how badly they are needed. A CIHR-funded researcher, Dr. Ann Clarke is answering both those questions.” Read more here.

Serious business of food allergies

Posted by SB Anderson on July 25th, 2006

From Hackensack’s NewJersey.com: “Food allergies are serious business. According to Michael C. Young, M.D., assistant clinical professor at Harvard Medical School, approximately 11.4 million Americans (4 percent) have food allergies, and about 30,000 emergency room visits and 150 to 200 fatalities per year are attributed to them. And food allergies are on the rise. A recent study shows a doubling of peanut allergies in children in the past five years, says Young. There is no cure, and the only way to prevent reactions is to avoid the offending food.” Read more here.

Allergy alert – milk

Posted by SB Anderson on July 25th, 2006

From Kansas’ Kansas City Infozine News: “Harry & David Operations Corp., of Medford, Oregon, is recalling approximately 47,300 bags of Hot Chili Pepper Tortilla Chips because they do not list milk in the ingredient statement.” Read the details here.

Irish churchgoers want gluten-free communion

Posted by SB Anderson on July 18th, 2006

From the UK’s Sunday Mirror: “Irish mass-goers suffering from a dangerous food allergy are going spiritually hungry… because they are allergic to communion wafers. More than 40,000 people in Ireland have coeliac disease, and are allergic to cereal-based foods. But Irish coeliac groups said their members cannot stomach communion wafers because they include gluten.
They want gluten-free communion wafers to be avail able at all Irish churches.” Read the details here.

Walk to increase FA awareness, research funds

Posted by SB Anderson on July 18th, 2006

From Needham, Massachusetts’ Sharon Advocate: “A group of motivated residents from the Greater Boston area are joining forces to organize a fund-raising Walk to build public awareness, and raise money to help protect children with life-threatening food allergies. The Walk for Food Allergy: Moving Toward A Cure, benefiting The Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network (FAAN), the nation’s leading nonprofit, patient advocacy organization providing information about food allergy, is one of 18 nationwide events scheduled between August and November.” Read more here.

Does milk really do a body good?

Posted by SB Anderson on July 18th, 2006

From Chiropractic News: “I love cheese, don’t you? Cheese, of course, is made from the milk of strange-looking four-legged mammals with big eyes and dull horns who live in concentration camps scattered around the countryside. You know – dairy cows. Chances are that the cow who made the milk to make my cheese gets injected with growth hormones to speed up milk production and raise profitability. This also means the poor old cow gets dosed with loads of antibiotics to treat the impacts of added stress. I’m recommending a different slogan to the dairy industry, ‘Got hormone-saturated bovine glandular secretions?’ Kind of catchy, don’t you think?” Read more here.

Healthy snacks find their way into Pittsburgh schools

Posted by SB Anderson on July 18th, 2006

From Pennsylvania’s Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: “When students return to Carlynton schools in the fall, the fizzle will be gone: Goodbye, carbonated beverages; hello, 100 percent fruit juices and bottled water. In South Fayette, students will have to look harder to find cake and ice cream, and harder still for anything with peanuts in it. A list of classroom snack favorites is in the works, and it’s a good bet that Snickers bars and potato chips didn’t make the grade.” Read the details here.

School can be especially dangerous for FA students

Posted by SB Anderson on July 18th, 2006

A press release from PRNewswire: “For parents who have children with food or environmental allergies, each new school year brings challenges that are serious business. Whether the culprit is a bee sting, a glass of milk or a smear of peanut butter, parents of children with allergies know that the best way to avoid a potentially fatal allergy attack is information.” Read more here.