Archive for November, 2006

Allergy elimination diet may lead to failure to thrive

Posted by SB Anderson on November 13th, 2006

From Little Falls, NJ’s “Infants who are put on food-elimination diets to avoid allergens could be inadvertently robbed of the proteins and nutrients they need to grow, researchers warned here…In a presentation at the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology meeting, the investigators reported on two patients in which the diets robbed the children of so many calories and nutrients that they developed failure to thrive. ” Read more here.

Mum cooks up new biz to meet FA challenge

Posted by SB Anderson on November 12th, 2006

From Carlisle, Cumbria, UK’s The Cumberland News: “A Carlisle mum became so fed up with the ‘tasteless, overpriced rubbish’ offered to coeliac sufferers that she launched her own gluten-free cafe/takeaway. Claire Singleton-Browne, who was diagnosed with a gluten intolerance 12 years ago, opened Claire’s Kitchen, on the Kingstown Industrial Estate, last month.” Read more here.

Walk for food allergy to raise funds, awareness

Posted by SB Anderson on November 12th, 2006

From Phoenix’s Arizona Republic: “Queen Creek parent Jennifer Goins said she supports a bill before Congress that would encourage schools to voluntarily help parents monitor cafeteria ingredients. Her 2-year-old son, Colin, is among the more than 2 million school-age children who have food allergies…Parents around the Valley will gather this weekend for the state’s first Walk for Food Allergy: Moving Toward A Cure. They hope to raise money and awareness about the issue.” Read more here.

Researchers on the edge of major breakthroughs

Posted by SB Anderson on November 12th, 2006

Press release from the USA’s “Allergy and immunology is on the threshold of major therapeutic discoveries according to investigators presenting the latest research at the annual meeting of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI) in Philadelphia. ‘Allergy and immunology is on the cusp of major breakthroughs based on a 40-year history of increasing our fundamental understanding of how the immune system and the allergic reaction part of the immune system works,’ said ACAAI President-Elect Daniel Ein, M.D., program chair for the meeting. He is clinical professor of medicine at George Washington University School of Medicine and chief of the division of allergy at GWU Medical Center, Washington, D.C.” Read more here.

FAs make daily life challenging for students

Posted by SB Anderson on November 12th, 2006

From Normal, Illinois’ Daily Vidette: “The curious warnings can be read on even the most basic foods, if you can squint enough to make out the tiny fonts. One such warning on a bag of Cheetos proclaims, ‘contains milk ingredients’ and another on a Twix candy bar reads, ‘may contain peanuts.’ Though the labels are small and discreet, the warnings could mean a matter of life and death for the people who read them on a daily basis.” Read more here.

Living with celiac disease

Posted by SB Anderson on November 12th, 2006

From Massachusetts’ Worcester Telegram: “For years, Margaret Collins’ daughter, suffered with stomach pains. The family tried different treatments, but nothing helped. Finally, her pediatrician recommended a blood test for celiac disease, an autoimmune disease that wrecks havoc on the small intestine. The test showed she had the condition.” Read more here.

Need to be gluten-free?

Posted by SB Anderson on November 12th, 2006

From Norfolk, Virginia’s Virginian Pilot: “Dozens of people belly up to The Angel Inn’s bar in northern England, scanning the special menu and watching as bartenders pour pints of frothy beer specially brewed for those with gluten intolerance. The gluten-free business is booming in Britain and Ireland with restaurants, supermarkets, support groups and festivals catering to celiacs, or people allergic to proteins found in wheat, barley and oats. For a long time, it was a chore to find gluten-free beers or entrees in restaurants. That’s changed in the last five years to the point that an advocacy Web site for celiacs lists more than 100 restaurants in the UK that feature gluten-free menu items.” Read more here.

Upsurge in peanut allergies = increase in anxiety

Posted by SB Anderson on November 12th, 2006

From Los Angeles, California’s Metropolitan News-Enterprise: “There are various foods which, to the vast majority of people, can be enjoyed without ill-effects…but can cause havoc to the body of anyone with an allergy to them. Among these foods are milk, eggs, soy and wheat—as well as fish and shellfish, to which U.S. District Court Judge George Schiavelli of Los Angeles can personally attest. (Fortunately, his wife, Holli, is quite fond of him and does not slip cod liver oil into his oatmeal.) And, yes, the peanut, subject of this current batch of columns, is also a common allergen. Peanuts have been consumed for centuries, and been a popular snack in the U.S. since the mid-19th Century, devoid of controversy. But they’re now in the news—and are being described by some as ‘dangerous.’ ” Read more here.

Letter to the editor: FAs no laughing matter

Posted by SB Anderson on November 12th, 2006

From Framingham, Massachusetts’ “Although I have no comment on the intended point of Mr. Lawrence’s letter on ‘Wellesleyites’ printed Monday, Nov. 6, I do comprehend and appreciate its Swiftian tone. However, I must object to the inclusion of ‘peanut butter’ on the list of items these ‘beings’ cannot tolerate. As the parent of a child with a potentially life-threatening peanut allergy, far too often I see and hear peanut butter laughingly and dismissively referred to as some sort of imaginary threat invented by hyper-protective parents.” Read more here.

Cosmetic company scolded for using peanut oil

Posted by SB Anderson on November 12th, 2006

From Zug, Switzerland’s “Peanut is a major source of allergy for many persons, sometimes even leading to death. Based on this the NTEF (National Toxic Encephalopathy Foundation) strongly reprimanded skin care company Clarins for placing their customers at risk. The agency claims that Clarins uses peanut oil in five of their products, including Clarins’ Protection Sun Control Stick and Clarins` Extra Comfort, Toning Lotion and Aromatic Purifying Mask.” Read the rest of this brief report here.