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Remarkable Rate of Anaphylaxis Seen in Study

From the Spring 2012 issue of Allergic Living magazine: Preliminary results of a landmark survey give a picture of the incidence of anaphylaxis – and it is far higher than previously estimated. Early analysis of data in the new “Anaphylaxis in America” survey by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) shows that “at […]

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Who’s to Blame for Another Allergy Tragedy?

Virginia’s Chesterfield County police have determined that there was no criminal negligence on the part of the school personnel in the tragic food-allergy death of 7-year-old Amarria Johnson on January 2, 2012. Also cleared of criminal wrongdoing, thankfully, was the child on the school playground who, not knowing of the allergy, handed Amarria the fateful […]

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Interview with Cybele Pascal, Cookbook Author

Baking at Its Best From the Spring 2010 edition of Allergic Living Allergic Living gives two thumbs way up for Cybele Pascal’s The Allergen-Free Baker’s Handbook. Pascal had all the right ingredients take on her second cookbook: an accomplished home chef, she earned her stripes in restaurant kitchens, and she lives with multiple allergies in her […]

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Q&A: Is There A ‘Safe Level’ for Peanut in Foods?

Allergic Living magazine is closely following scientific investigations of whether it’s possible to identify a “safe level” of peanut in manufactured foods. Editor Gwen Smith wrote a feature article on this controversial topic in the Winter 11-12 issue of the magazine. Following are some key points from her interview with lead investigators Dr. Steve Taylor […]

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From Sickness to Advocacy: A Gluten-Free Journey

There were days that the fatigue was so bad that Shelia Cafferty could barely haul herself out of bed. She had hay fever, she kept breaking out into inexplicable rashes, she felt bloated all the time. Without answers and feeling awful continuously, soon, she sank into depression. “I knew something was really wrong,” she recalls […]

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Expert Q&A: 1 in 13 Kids has Food Allergy

A study published the summer of 2011 finds that 8 percent of American children under the age of 18 have one or more food allergies. That means 5.9 million kids across the U.S. are at risk food-allergic reactions. That 8 percent finding is considerably higher than previously known. Earlier prevalence estimates that have found the […]

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Gluten-Free Seal Coming to Canada

Trying to figure out what products are really gluten-free can be a shopping headache. Canada’s newly enhanced allergen and gluten labelling rules, coming into effect next year, will certainly help, but there will still be fine print and confusing “may contain” statements to navigate. Now the Canadian Celiac Association is trying to make its mark […]

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Getting Life Back

I have been there – to the place where you think your allergic life is unlivable. On a trip to Florida a couple of years ago, I got off the plane having a reaction to something. Who knows exactly what; I’d eaten only my own food, but hadn’t wiped down my seating area. Had a […]

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1 in 13 U.S. Kids has Food Allergy

Almost 6 million U.S. children under the age of 18 have food allergies, says a new study. Peanuts, milk and shellfish are found to be the most common culprits.

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Inner City Allergy Rate Shocks

A stunning 28 percent of inner city kids with asthma or skin allergies proved to be food allergic in a New York study.

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