Archive for September, 2007

Food allergies at school

Posted by SB Anderson on September 4th, 2007

From Arizona’s Tulsa World: “Taylor McKay doesn’t sweat it when he catches sight of the orange candy wrapper in the vending machine he passes on his way to literature class. He doesn’t think about it much, but he knows that the contents of that small package could send him to the hospital or worse…The last time he had close contact with a Reese’s peanut butter cup, McKay was rushed to an emergency room. He doesn’t remember much of how he discovered his allergy to peanuts, but his mother, Joan Stewart, remembers everything.” Read more here.

Grandma finds no gluten diet no problem

Posted by SB Anderson on September 2nd, 2007

From Oklahoma’s Tulsa World: “Oklahoman Barbara Wells combines memoir with meal plans in her book, ‘Grandma’s Guide to Gluten-free Cooking.’ She will sign copies of the book from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday at Steve’s Sundry, Books and Magazines, 2612 S. Harvard Ave.” Read more here.

Allergy vigilance needed for school

Posted by SB Anderson on September 2nd, 2007

From Massachusetts’ Boston Globe: “Kim Fitzpatrick’s 5-year-old daughter is thrilled at the prospect of kindergarten starting Tuesday at the Carlisle Public School. She, however, is apprehensive. It’s not that she doesn’t think her gregarious daughter will fit in well and make new friends; it’s the fear that one of them will innocently offer the child a snack that could send her into anaphylactic shock.” Read more here.

Peanut ban no reason for frenzy

Posted by SB Anderson on September 2nd, 2007

From Maine’s “Here’s what I wish. I wish that I had so little to worry about, so few things to feel frustrated with that I could get myself all worked up into a foam-at-the-mouth frenzy because Bangor High School students were being asked not to bring peanut-containing products to school this year.” Read more here.

PB&J shouldn’t be a four-letter word

Posted by SB Anderson on September 2nd, 2007

From Des Moines, Iowa’s Truth about Trade & Technology: “Students across America are heading back to school–but in many places they aren’t heading back with a staple food of childhood in their lunch boxes: the peanut-butter sandwich. That’s because a growing number of schools are banning peanuts and peanut products from their cafeterias, in response to worries about allergies. Last week, notices went home to parents in Sioux Falls, S.D.” Read more here.

Scientists search for allergen-free peanut

Posted by SB Anderson on September 2nd, 2007

From US’ Voice of America News: “According to the U.S. National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases, most severe food allergic reactions come from nuts, primarily peanuts. And because of that researchers are trying to develop an allergy-free peanut. VOA’s Paul Sisco reports on promising new research.” Read more here.

Allergic care is about more than medicine

Posted by SB Anderson on September 2nd, 2007

From Rockford, Illinois’ “During patient visits, Dr. Fatima Mohiuddin goes over the steps of prevention and what to do during an allergic reaction…But we’re not only talking about physical problems, a study found families living with a food allergic child suffer more emotional stress than those with children who have epilepsy or asthma.” Read more here.

Nut-free treats from mom who gets it

Posted by SB Anderson on September 2nd, 2007

From Surrey, UK’s “The struggle to find nut-free foods for her daughter, who has a severe nut allergy, prompted businesswoman Angela Russell to found It’s Nut Free in 2002, and its catalogue now includes a wide range of cakes, confectionery, flapjacks and biscuits that will not trigger a potentially fatal case of anaphylactic shock in vulnerable customers.” Read the details here.

Peanut allergy numbers continue to grow

Posted by SB Anderson on September 2nd, 2007

From Hartford, Connecticut’s NBC “There is no clear reason why but in recent years the number of allergy sufferers has grown. And as one Connecticut mom has found out, a child with a peanut allergy requires a lot of work. Snack time isn’t what it used to be for Christine Rosati’s toddler, Jamie.” Read more here.

Alternatives to nutty snacks for school

Posted by SB Anderson on September 2nd, 2007

From Canada’s “For the growing number of parents whose children have peanut or nut allergies, the back-to-school season can be a particularly stressful time. Exposure to even tiny amounts of nut particles – residue on a desk, a book or a container – can cause a potentially life-threatening reaction. The only way to prevent an allergic reaction is to avoid peanuts and nuts altogether, a task that is easier said than done when so many foods contain them. It takes education, relentless label reading, and communication with food manufacturers to ensure meals and snacks are safe to eat.” Read more here.