Archive | November, 2011

A future without food allergies? Quite possibly.

19 Nov

A charming explanation of the recent development in research into treatment for peanut allergy.

via trynerdy

This is the part where science fixes everything: researchers at Northwestern Universityhave developed a technique that effectively cures peanut allergies in mice, and would presumably work in humans as well. Not only that, but the technique could easily be applied to eradicate an allergy to eggs, or strawberries, or shellfish…whatever your immune system has been keeping you from enjoying.

Thanks, science.

Proposed Bill For Emergency Epinephrine In Schools « The Food Allergy Mom

16 Nov

Proposed Bill For Emergency Epinephrine In Schools « The Food Allergy Mom.

Legislation that would help put lifesaving medicine in the hands of school personnel and help protect millions of children in the U.S. with potentially life-threatening food allergies – as well as others with undiagnosed food allergies – will be introduced this week on Capitol Hill

 

 “This law could potentially save the life of an elementary school student whose parents didn’t know he or she had any food allergies or a high schooler whose reaction was so severe that he or she required a second dose of epinephrine but only had one auto-injector at school. When someone experiences anaphylaxis, every second counts,” said FAAN CEO Maria L. Acebal.

Is There A Link Between Food Allergies And Stomach Flu?

16 Nov

Is There A Link Between Food Allergies And Stomach Flu?.

According to researchers at the Medical College of Wisconsin, there is a possible link between norovirus (a virus that commonly causes ‘stomach flu’ or ‘food poisoning’) and food allergies. As reported byExaminer, the researchers studied mice who had been infected with norovirus. 

 

via peanutallergy

Food allergy sufferers negotiate the minefields of dining out

10 Nov

via washingtonpost

By Jacqueline Church, Wednesday, November 9, 3:41 AM

Jacqueline describes the frustrations and struggles that a diner with food allergies has to face when dining out.

An almost imperceptible reaction flickered across the waiter’s face when I broke the news: “I have a dairy allergy.” He seemed annoyed. I winced. But then he smiled and assured me, “Once I put the words ‘Dairy Allergy’ on this ticket, the whole kitchen will know, and no dairy will touch your order.”

…Then the fish tacos arrived at my table — drizzled with a sour cream sauce.I’m allergic to more than dairy, as it turns out.

 

My most severe response — anaphylaxis, a life-threatening full-body reaction to an allergen — happens after I eat hazelnuts (formerly my favorite nut) but is prevented if I’m quick enough to inject myself with epinephrine.

School-based asthma, food allergy policies lacking | National Nursing News

9 Nov

School-based asthma, food allergy policies lacking

via School-based asthma, food allergy policies lacking | National Nursing News.

 

While thousands of local schools and districts may show innovation and leadership in support of students and staff with asthma and allergies, strong state-wide policies are lacking throughout the U.S., according to the AAFA.

“In fact, 12 states failed to achieve even half of the core policy standards,” Charlotte Collins, JD, AAFA’s vice president of policy and programs, said in the news release. 

Food Challenges Provide Best Allergy Diagnoses: Study: MedlinePlus

9 Nov

Food Challenges Provide Best Allergy Diagnoses: Study: MedlinePlus.

 Too few American doctors use oral food challenges to diagnose food allergies even though this type of test is considered the gold standard, according to a new study.

Researchers surveyed about 40,000 children and identified 3,339 cases of food allergy. However, only 61.5 percent of the cases were formally diagnosed by a doctor and only about 15 percent of those children underwent an oral food challenge.

‘Flourishing with Food Allergies’ Receives First-Rate Reviews

7 Nov

A. Anderson’s book, Flourishing with Food Allergies, recently received over twenty first-rate reviews from book reviewers, food allergy leaders and parents. It is named as a highlighted title for superior levels of creativity, originality, and high standards of design by Jenkins Group.

Flourishing covers the childhood allergies of peanut, tree nut, dairy, egg, soy, wheat, fish and shellfish and how they affect infants, toddlers, and children, as well as ADHD, autism and asthma. Reviews and book details can be found at: http://www.flourishingwithfoodallergies.com.

via ‘Flourishing with Food Allergies’ Receives First-Rate Reviews.

Photos: ‘World’s First Food Allergy Musican’ Preforms at The Roads School – Encinitas, CA Patch

7 Nov

Thursday, Nov. 3, Kyle Dine, the ‘world’s first food allergy musician’ bedazzled 300 Encinitas students at The Rhoades School as he sang songs, played the guitar, and hosted an interactive discussion to increase food allergy awareness.

Thanks to his performance, the kids at The Rhoades School are now more aware of the simple things they can do to keep their food allergic friends safe at school, including washing the hands regularly, for example. This was the first school in California where Kyle Dine has preformed.

via Photos: ‘World’s First Food Allergy Musican’ Preforms at The Roads School – Encinitas, CA Patch.

Free On-Line food allergy course for educators | www.gratefulfoodie.com

6 Nov

Free On-Line food allergy course for educators | www.gratefulfoodie.com.

Free (yes, you heard me) Food Allergy on-line course for educators, administrators and school staff!

 

Based on the lat­est research and best prac­tices devel­oped by physi­cians, edu­ca­tors, and patient advo­cates, How to C.A.R.E. for Students with Food Allergies is the result of a col­lab­o­ra­tive effort among FAI, the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network (FAAN), Anaphylaxis Canada, the Canadian Society of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, and Leap Learning Technologies. The course was funded by FAI and the cur­ricu­lum is based on FAAN’s Safe@Schooll® pro­gram.”