Archive for October, 2007

Are parents paying less attention to food allergy warnings?

Posted by RoseBoccio on October 28th, 2007

From Washington’s Seattle Post Intelligencer: Halloween is just around the corner and one of the scariest things may be that parents are ignoring warnings about allergic reactions to food. Even though the incidence of food allergies doubled over the last 10 years, fewer parents are heeding warnings, the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network reports. With so many allergic kids running around, food makers slapped more warnings on goods. But, the deluge of notices apparently numbed many parents to the risk, with fewer listening to those messages than a few years ago, according to a study cited by FAAN. – Read more here.

Celiac screening makes diagnosing condition simple

Posted by RoseBoccio on October 27th, 2007

From Maryland’s Baltimore Examiner: A simple, cheap and effective screening test can change the lives of people suffering a potentially fatal immune disorder. University of Maryland, Baltimore researchers taught family physicians in 25 locations to screen everyone with unexplained symptoms that could be celiac disease — as well as those with a family history of the illness. In the year preceding the study, of 55,000 patients, only 12 were properly diagnosed with the disease. – Read the details here.

Tricks to replacing Halloween treats

Posted by RoseBoccio on October 27th, 2007

From Lafayette, Louisiana’s Daily Advertiser: Children with food allergies and adults who aren’t hip on the idea of giving out candy for Halloween don’t have to give up on the festivities Oct. 31. Stickers, pens and pencils, art supplies, plastic jewelry, toys – these are just a few alternatives that are both fun and safe. – Read more here.

Diet changes bring relief to woman with celiac disease

Posted by RoseBoccio on October 27th, 2007

From Wisconsin’s Appleton Post-Crescent: Laurie Hermes thought she was eating the best foods for optimum health. A high priority was whole grains. “I was always eating seven-grain breads, and I ate a lot of oatmeal that I thought was good for my diabetes,” the 47-year-old Darboy woman said. “What I thought was eating healthy was really killing my insides.” Hermes was diagnosed last year with celiac disease, which affects one in 133 Americans. – Read more here.

School’s peanut ban hard to swallow for some parents

Posted by RoseBoccio on October 27th, 2007

From Orlando, Florida’s Some young St. Johns County students are no longer allowed to bring a popular lunchtime food to school. Peanut butter has been banned. A kindergarten student at Ocean Palms Elementary in Ponte Vedra has a peanut allergy that has forced the student’s classroom to become a peanut-free zone, WJXT-TV reported. Not all parents are happy with the changes in other students’ diets and the inconvenience caused by the peanut ban. – Read the story here.

Coping tips for parents of kids with FAs

Posted by RoseBoccio on October 27th, 2007

From More than 2 million children are allergic to food and, unfortunately, that number is only rising. So what is a parent to do? Try these everyday tips from Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, a mom who has personal experience with this subject and wants to help others. – Check out Wolkoff’s tips here.

Mom lost daughter to anaphylaxis; wants to educate others

Posted by RoseBoccio on October 27th, 2007

From Imagine being out with your child, shopping, having fun, stopping for something to eat that you’ve had dozens of times before. And imagine that child dying less than 20 minutes later, before your eyes, because of what she ate. It happened to Catrina Vonder Meulen 18 months ago, when she lost her 13-year-old daughter, Emily, to a peanut allergy while on a shopping expedition. – Read the details here, but be aware that, contrary to the story, the death of the Canadian girl hours after kissing her boyfriend was not caused by the peanut butter he ate earlier in the day.

Allergy alert – Milk

Posted by RoseBoccio on October 27th, 2007

From a press release from The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is warning people with allergies to milk protein not to consume Charlemagne Chocolatiers Tea Bio Organic Chocolate described below. The affected product may contain milk which is not declared on the label. The affected product, Charlemagne Chocolatiers Tea Bio Organic, imported from Belgium, is sold in a 50 g package bearing UPC 5 425001 204045. All Best Before dates and Batch codes are affected by this alert. – Get the details here.

Gluten-free bread

Posted by RoseBoccio on October 27th, 2007

ABC Regional Online in Australia, ran a recipe for gluten-free bread. Check it out here.

Sudden death of Australia’s “Crazy John” a shock; tributes to his FA foundation

Posted by RoseBoccio on October 27th, 2007

John Ilhan, 42, collapsed and died recently near his home in Australia. Last year, Mr Ilhan established the Ilhan Food Allergy Foundation with his wife, Patricia, after the couple discovered their daughter Jaida suffered a peanut allergy. Here are some of the many stories about this man – of Crazy John’s mobile phone fame – who captured the hearts and loyalty of many with his rags-to-riches life story:

* From Australia’s Sydney Morning Herald, check out this piece on the man’s life.

* Another story about tributes for Ilhan from the Sydney Morning Herald.

* Hear from Ilhan’s widow in this Herald Sun story from Australia.

* Read about funeral plans in the Melbourne Herald Sun here.

* One more piece in Australia’s