Archive for the ‘Teens’ Category

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.

Teen recovers from reaction; Parents wonder what happened

Posted by RoseBoccio on July 2nd, 2011

From MyFoxPhoenix: This teenage girl has a peanut allergy, and that’s why her parents are having trouble understanding why she would intentionally eat “Crunchy Nut” cereal that clearly has peanuts. They want police to figure out exactly what happened to their daughter. Read more here.

Teen educates others about FAs

Posted by RoseBoccio on October 15th, 2009

From New Baltimore Voice Newspapers: Sara VanLuvenver is just 14-years-old but these statistics flow from her as if she were reciting the number of shoes in her closet or contacts in her cell phone. Having such knowledge isn’t a hobby for this Anchor Bay High School freshman, food allergies are part of her everyday life. In fact, being so comfortable with her eating challenges resulted in Sara, of New Baltimore, being named the National Teen Ambassador for the Food Allergy Network. Check out more here.

Study: Teens take unnecessary allergy risks

Posted by RoseBoccio on April 8th, 2008

From Johns Hopkins Gazette (Baltimore, MD): Fear of being “different,” embarrassed, isolated or teased drives teens with potentially fatal food allergies to eat problem foods anyway, and to forgo carrying life-saving injectable epinephrine, according to results of a small study led by investigators at the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center. In a study of 20 teens with severe food allergies, nine reported intentionally eating foods to which they are allergic. Among 13- to 16-year-olds, only half reported always carrying an injectable epinephrine, while only one-third of those over 16 said they carried the life-saving drug at all times. – Read more about the study here.  


Teen seeks advice about kissing and FAs

Posted by SB Anderson on September 15th, 2006

From Scotland, UK’s Glasgow Daily Record: “I am a 15-year-old girl, and my problem is my boyfriend. I love him so much but I don’t think we have a future. You see I am allergic to peanuts, which my boyfriend eats all the time. I only found this out recently after kissing him. So the thing is I am unable to kiss him unless I ask him not to eat any peanuts for 24 hours. He is annoyed with me for doing this to him. Now he is suggesting that I am only faking an allergy to irritate him.” Read the rest of this teen’s question and the advice offered to her here.

Teens take more risks, even with FAs

Posted by SB Anderson on August 30th, 2006

From New Jersey’s “A person with a food allergy has to know every ingredient in every piece of food he or she eats. Even a trace amount of an allergen can cause a dangerous reaction. Unfortunately, a recent study shows that many teenagers with food allergies are not being careful enough, and they are risking their lives because of it. Fifty-four percent of teens with food allergies said they sometimes deliberately eat food without checking the ingredients, according to a study published in the June 2006 issue of the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. The study, conducted at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, concludes that these teens take chances with food because of peer pressure. They don’t want to be viewed as different because of their allergy. What can we learn from this study?” Read more here.