Archive for the ‘General’ Category

New book tells the FA story with humor & heart

Posted by RoseBoccio on September 24th, 2011

From Washington’s Bellingham Herald: If you’ve got food allergies or care for someone who does, dealing with the day-to-day challenges of eating safely can feel tricky at best – and at worst, grueling and isolating. So Sandra Beasley’s memoir, Don’t Kill the Birthday Girl: Tales From an Allergic Life, comes as a welcome relief. The author, an award-winning poet, has severe food allergies, to dairy, egg, soy, mustard and shrimp, just to name a few. Although the book is filled with scary tales of allergic reactions in far-flung locales, it’s also funny, touching and ultimately courageous. After all, how many of us can say that we place our lives in our forks each and every time we eat? – Read more here.

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UK teen’s death due to allergic reaction

Posted by RoseBoccio on September 24th, 2011

From the UK’s Wirral Globe: A Wirral teenager died from a lethal allergic reaction to a takeaway meal, an inquest was told. 17-year-old Christopher Smith, from Wallasey, had a severe nut allergy and went into anaphylactic shock after just one mouthful of food. – Read the story here.

Significant increase in food allergies among pre-schoolers

Posted by RoseBoccio on September 24th, 2011

From the West Australian: An epidemic of potentially life-threatening reactions is affecting a record one in 10 Australian babies, a Perth expert has warned. Princess Margaret Hospital paediatric allergist and immunologist Susan Prescott said the recent rate, the highest ever reported in the world, included a 500 per cent increase in serious anaphylactic food allergies in pre-schoolers in the past 10 years. – Read more here.

As the number of FA children grows, families learn to cope

Posted by RoseBoccio on July 3rd, 2011

From Ipswich’s The Queensland Times: “Some might call me paranoid or neurotic with regards to the things I do (like wiping down tables or chairs or even play toys when we are out) but other mums with children who suffer from anaphylaxis will know exactly how I feel…” This comment from the mother of a food-allergic tot struck a chord with me. Read more here.

Allergy alert – Coconut, pecan & milk

Posted by RoseBoccio on July 1st, 2010

According to Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network, Rich Products Corporation is recalling “Allen Bavarian Crème Filling” due to undeclared coconut, pecan, and milk. The product was distributed to foodservice distributors and in-store bakeries nationwide. The pail size is 3.5 gallons and weight is 31.0 lbs. with production codes 11870137F21, F-22, F-23, F-24, and F-25. Consumers with questions may call (800) 356-7094.

AllergyEats adds 57,000 restaurants to database

Posted by RoseBoccio on June 7th, 2010

From Go Dairy Free: AllergyEats, the fast-growing source for finding allergy-friendly restaurants, has made several improvements to its site, including the addition of 57,000 more establishments to its database, bringing the number of restaurants available for rating by diners to well over 600,000. — Check it out here.

Feds urge city to change policy on Epi use

Posted by RoseBoccio on June 6th, 2010

From Omaha’s KETV-7:  The federal government said it believes the city of Omaha has relented on its policy that forbids city employees from giving life-saving medication to children in emergencies.  Parks and Recreation employees should now be allowed to administer epinephrine with auto injector devices, such as the EpiPen, according to the Department of the Interior. — Read more here.

* You can also check out the initial story – Feds Urge City To Change Policy On EpiPen Use  – from April 14, 2010.

Stop mocking food allergies

Posted by RoseBoccio on June 4th, 2010

From CBC News Canada – It has become fashionable of late to mock food allergies as a “trendy” condition, a construct of over-protective parents or attention-seeking adults. I simply can’t think of any other serious, sometimes life-threatening condition that is dissed more often. Take last month, for instance. – Read more of this opinion piece by Gwen Smith, editor of Allergic Living magazine, here.

Adults’ reactions to shrimp tend to be milder than kids’

Posted by RoseBoccio on June 4th, 2010

From A new study finds that adults who are allergic to shrimp tend to have a less intense immune-system reaction to the shellfish compared with children — raising the possibility that some allergy sufferers build up a tolerance to shrimp as they grow older. — Read more here.

Is it really an allergy?

Posted by RoseBoccio on June 4th, 2010

From the New York Times: Food allergies are real and can be life-threatening. It would be folly to dismiss them. But many people think they have them when they actually don’t, according to a new report commissioned by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. And that says a lot about how we think about food. – Read the entire story here.