Archive for September, 2006

Taming peanut allergy takes researchers down uncertain road

Posted by SB Anderson on September 30th, 2006

From Johannesburg, South Africa’s “In a world of wheat-free cookies and dairy-free ice cream, the peanut industry is helping fund the quest for a ‘nut-free’ peanut.” Read more here.

Peanut exposure possible through saliva

Posted by SB Anderson on September 29th, 2006

From Reuters: “People with peanut allergy and their partners should not kiss, or share utensils, if the partner has recently eaten peanut-containing food, an allergist from New York advises in a report published this month. Even with brushing, rinsing, or chewing gum, peanut allergen can remain in saliva after eating peanuts, Dr. Jennifer M. Maloney from Mount Sinai School of Medicine told Reuters Health.” Read more here.

Allergy alert – milk

Posted by SB Anderson on September 29th, 2006

According to the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network, ANA Bakery is recalling their “quesadilla” due to undeclared milk. The recalled quesadilla weighs 2-oz. and is packaged in plastic wrap. The “quesadillas” have been sold in the Long Island and New York area. Consumers who have purchased the “quesadilla” may return it to the place of purchase. Consumers with questions may contact the company at (516) 880-5269.

Cookbook offers safe recipes

Posted by SB Anderson on September 29th, 2006

From Florida’s Orlando Sentinel: “Imagine you’re raising not one, not two, not three but FOUR energetic kids under the age of 10. And you can’t serve bread or peanuts or shellfish or dairy products in your house. Yikes!! That’s the plight of a young couple in my extended family. I wanted to share something about their situation, because I know other families are dealing with variations of this domestic nightmare — all caused by kids’ severe food allergies.” Read more here.

Q-and-A about food intolerance v. allergy

Posted by SB Anderson on September 29th, 2006

From Pennsylvania’s Pittsburgh Post Gazette: “Q: Recently, I went to my doctor complaining of an itchy throat after eating. He told me that I have a food intolerance. What is the difference between a food intolerance and a food allergy?” Read the answer here.

Food allergies and labels

Posted by SB Anderson on September 29th, 2006

From New York, NY’s The Green Guide: “Nut-free zones are popping up in schools, day-care centers and camps while kids are stocking up on EpiPens (epinephrine injectors) to counteract shock. Why? Because the number of American children with peanut allergies doubled between 1997 and 2002, according to a Mount Sinai School of Medicine survey. The causes of this increase remain unclear, since genetics accounts for over 80 percent of peanut allergies, according to a twins study conducted by Mount Sinai School of Medicine in 2000. However, food allergies result in 30,000 visits to the emergency room annually and the deaths of 150 to 200 Americans.” Read more here.

Enjoy your food even with allergies

Posted by SB Anderson on September 29th, 2006

From Washington, D.C.’s The Washington Times: “Potomac Falls resident Rey Banks says she drives her husband and children crazy when she eats dinner at home before they go out to eat. Ms. Banks is allergic to nuts and is afraid she might encounter them in her entree and have an anaphylactic reaction — so, she takes the safe route.” Read more here.

Anaphylaxis of evil: food allergies

Posted by SB Anderson on September 29th, 2006

From Canada’s National Post: “The first indication that our son, Jonny, had allergies occurred when, at the age of about 15 months, he got sick after eating chicken a la king (for anyone under the age of 50, this is basically creamed chicken with peas served over toast). I didn’t think anything of it, but when, a few weeks later, it happened again, by process of elimination I realized it must be the peas. It wasn’t long before we learned that Jonny was even more sensitive to peanuts.” Read more here.

Peanut allergy safety for babies, toddlers

Posted by SB Anderson on September 29th, 2006

From “Matthew is a 2-year-old boy who first developed a peanut allergy at age 1. He was exclusively breastfed until age 12 months and was not completely weaned until age 18 months. He had developed eczema on his face, arms, and legs at 2 months. The eczema seemed to flare after his mother ate peanut butter and then nursed him. On his first contact with peanut butter, when he touched some on a cracker, he developed swelling of his face, followed by hives all over his body, and required Benadryl and epinephrine in his pediatrician’s office. He has been kept on a strict peanut- and nut-free diet since then, and his mother eliminated peanut products from her diet. He had no problems until he was kissed by a relative who had just eaten a piece of candy containing peanut, and hives erupted where he was kissed.” Read more here.

Kids, parents face FAs daily

Posted by SB Anderson on September 29th, 2006

From Texas’ AgNews: “Imagine being admitted to the hospital because you ate a peanut butter and jelly sandwich or a bowl of cereal with milk. For millions of American kids, that image can be all too real. Each year millions of American kids are affected by food allergies, said two Texas Cooperative Extension experts in a recent HealthHints Newsletter.” Read more here.