Archive for October, 2006

FAAN calls for award nominations

Posted by SB Anderson on October 26th, 2006

A press release from PRNewswire: “The Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network (FAAN), the nation’s leading nonprofit, patient advocacy organization, dedicated to advancing research on behalf of those affected by food allergies and anaphylaxis, is calling for nominations for the organization’s distinguished 11th Annual Mariel C. Furlong Awards for Making a Difference (MCF Awards). These awards were created to honor individuals or corporations who have gone above and beyond the call of duty to make a difference in the lives of children with food allergies.” Read more here.

Dangerous dining

Posted by SB Anderson on October 26th, 2006

From New York, New York’s CBS News: “The last time Arielle Olson took a bite of fish she wound up in the emergency room. But today, under medical supervision, she’s trying it again in what’s known in the food allergy universe as a ‘challenge’: a test to see if maybe now, at age 7, she’s outgrown her potentially lethal reaction to one of our healthiest sources of protein.” Read more here.

Caregivers get allergy training from government

Posted by SB Anderson on October 26th, 2006

From Sydney, Australia’s The Australian: “Victoria will become the first state to ensure childcare workers and kindergarten and school teachers are trained in the treatment of children with life-threatening allergies. The Bracks Government announced yesterday it would pass legislation to make it compulsory for all staff in early childhood centres and the majority of staff in schools to be trained in the treatment of children at risk of anaphylactic shock — a sudden, severe and potentially fatal allergic reaction often caused by peanuts or shellfish.” Read more here.

Nut allergy affects go beyond the allergic

Posted by SB Anderson on October 26th, 2006

From US’ Sparta Independent: “America’s favorite kid food can spell death for some…Next to baseball, hot dogs and apple pie, nothing’s more ‘American’ than a good old peanut butter and jelly sandwich. But not for Brendan Brennan. If the four-year-old Vernon boy were to take a bite of a PB and J sandwich or eat a peanut, he could die of anaphylactic shock.
According to Peanut Aware, a national group dedicated to providing a resource for peanut allergy sufferers, approximately 6 million children in North America alone have a nut allergy.” Read more here.

No evidence soy formulas cut allergy risk

Posted by SB Anderson on October 26th, 2006

From United Press International: “Australian researchers find that although soy infant formulas are used to avoid food allergies, there is no proof that soy formulas cut allergy risk. ‘There is no evidence that using any type of formula is better than exclusive breastfeeding for prevention of allergy,’ said study authors Dr. David Osborn of Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and Dr. John Sinn of Westmead Hospital.” Read more here.

Researchers: transgenic tomatoes could cut allergic reactions

Posted by SB Anderson on October 26th, 2006

From Montpellier, France’s “Tomatoes, genetically modified to produce 90 per cent less of the allergen, profilin, represents ‘a future trend in allergen avoidance,’ said the German researchers behind a new study. But despite this offering an alternative approach, one of the main challenges of this approach will not be technical but consumer attitudes and regulations regarding genetically modified organisms (GMO), particularly in Europe.” Read more here.

Allergy & celiac guide to eating out when traveling

Posted by SB Anderson on October 26th, 2006

A press release from PRNewswire: “The ‘Multi-Lingual Phrase Passport,’ part of the ‘Let’s Eat Out! Your Passport to Living Gluten and Allergy Free’ series, wins Best Books 2006 National Award in the Language Guides category from The innovative pocket-sized guide empowers travelers with food allergies, celiac (an auto-immune disorder reflected in a permanent intolerance to gluten, the protein found in wheat, rye and barley), and those following specialized diets to safely eat outside the home. The award-winning ‘Passport’ includes over 1200 food allergen phrases about corn, dairy, eggs, fish, gluten, peanuts, shellfish, soy, tree nuts, and wheat to confidently travel in foreign language-speaking countries.” Read more here.

Allergic to raw veggie; not to cooked?

Posted by SB Anderson on October 26th, 2006

From New York City, New York’s “The humble carrot, familiar fare for Bugs Bunny and armies of school children, can be a dangerous, even lethal, snack for a small number of people. Heating the carrot, however, can render them harmless to the allergic, according to a recent study. But how could a little heat turn a vegetable from deadly to delectable? And how can a wholesome carrot be dangerous in the first place?” Read more here.

Homeschooling fits for NC boy

Posted by SB Anderson on October 26th, 2006

From North Carolina’s “My 3-year-old son, Joseph, puts on his backpack, climbs into the bus and goes to preschool — down the hall. The school bus is really a board book that folds into the shape of a big bus and the teachers that greet him for morning circle are my husband and me. Yes, our family has entered the world of homeschooling. Joseph’s life-threatening allergies to peanuts, nuts, wheat, dairy, egg and soy led us to the decision to homeschool, an unconventional choice, perhaps — especially for the daughter of a preschool teacher — but a choice I believe is right for us.” Read more here.

Schools adjust to students’ allergies

Posted by SB Anderson on October 22nd, 2006

From Madison, Wisconsin’s The Capital Times: “Walk into a preschool classroom and chances are you won’t notice what’s missing. But children like Owen Nagel, 2, of Mount Horeb and Nathan Jaschinski, 4, of Verona do – because their lives depend on it. Owen and Nathan are part of a growing number of children with life-threatening food allergies. Owen is allergic to milk, peanuts, tree nuts and eggs; Nathan is allergic to eggs, peanuts, tree nuts and shellfish. Owen enjoys a milk- and nut-free classroom at Children’s Community School in Mount Horeb, and Nathan is in a nut-free environment at the Caring Center in Verona.” Read more here.