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H1N1 (Swine Flu) and Food Allergy

Background: The vaccine against the H1N1 flu (formerly known as swine flu) is now available in Canada and the U.S. Frequently Asked Questions: Q. Does the H1N1 vaccine contain egg? A. The H1N1 vaccine for Canada was developed by GlaxoSmithKline using the egg-based production method. This means the vaccine viruses are grown in eggs. This […]

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H1N1 (Swine Flu) and Asthma

Just before the arrival of the second wave of H1N1 (swine flu), The Canadian Lung Association convened an expert panel to offer advice to the public, including specific suggestions for those with asthma. The main message from the four doctors on the panel was clear: do everything you can to make sure your asthma is under […]

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Test to Predict Allergies

Scientists in Australia have developed a test they say can determine when a baby is first born if he or she will develop allergies. A protein in the immune cells of newborns appears to hold the answer as to whether a baby will either be protected, or susceptible to the development of allergies later on,” […]

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Poll Finds Misconceptions About Food Allergies

The general public has some big misunderstanding about food allergies, according to a study that surveyed 2,000 Americans in February 2008. Dr. Ruchi Gupta, lead author on the study from Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago, is concerned about the public’s belief of how food allergies can be treated: almost half thought there was a cure, […]

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Food Allergy Labeling: Mustard On List and New Rules

Mustard has joined the ranks of the peanut, tree nut, shellfish and others and is now considered a priority allergen in Canada. Health Canada announced last week that it is amending its new and pending food allergen labeling regulations to include mustard on the list of foods that must be declared in plain language, and […]

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Hospital Admissions Surge

More kids have food allergies today than 10 years ago, and a large number are landing in hospital because of them, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. Three million U.S. children, or 4 per cent, now have food allergies, an 18 per cent jump in a […]

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Canada’s First Food Allergy Statistics

Preliminary results from the first study to gauge how many Canadians are living with food allergies indicate significantly higher rates of both peanut and tree nut allergies among Canadian children compared to those in the United States. On the other hand, rates of shellfish allergy, particularly in adults, appear to be much higher in the […]

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Bullying Case Grabs Attention

An incident of food allergy bullying in the United States this spring is raising awareness of both the possibility for such behaviour among students – and the potentially serious consequences. In Lexington, Kentucky, a girl in the eighth grade was arrested on felony charges in April after she put peanut butter cookie crumbs in an […]

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Allergy Breakthrough on Baked Milk and Egg

AVOID, AVOID, avoid. That’s how Ann Jeannette Glauber had been treating her 4½-year-old son’s allergies to eggs, milk, peanuts, nuts and shellfish. But at a party a few years ago, Theo grabbed and ate a handful of Goldfish crackers (which contain dairy) before she could stop him. “I kind of freaked out,” she admits, since […]

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Food Allergy Backlash Boards the Bus

From blogs to the press to esteemed medical journals, those who support anaphylaxis policies in schools are being branded as “hysterical” or “fearful” or even needing to “feel special”. Exceptional anxiety is portrayed as the rule. AL bites into: why critics love to hate food allergy. IT DOES sound, if not “hysterical,” then at least […]

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