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Peanut & Tree Nut

Peanut Patch: Future Treatment?

Researchers who are working to find a way to treat food allergies have their sights on the next target – desensitization through the skin.

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Writer Eats Words on Allergies

The humor writer who scoffed at food allergies as “a yuppie invention” has learned the hard way just how real they are. But let’s remind you first of the scorn Joel Stein heaped on parents of allergic children in a column in the Los Angeles Time. “Your kid doesn’t have an allergy to nuts. Your […]

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New Research on Peanut Allergies

Peanut allergies are severe, often affecting children, and are increasing in prevalence. It’s no wonder researchers around the globe are looking at new, inventive ideas for how “cure” them, or at the very least, how to allow those with peanut allergies to tolerate at least a small amount of this legume’s protein. Allergic Living looks […]

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What’s New: Cashew’s Unexpected Potency

European scientists have discovered that despite popular belief, peanuts may not be the allergen that causes the most severe allergic reactions. In one important study, discussed at the the 2010 meeting of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, that dubious distinction fell to the cashew. The study, published in the European journal Allergy, […]

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Research on a Roll

From the Spring 2010 special edition on the Future of Allergies. What’s in the pipeline for food allergy treatments. Idea: Peanut Allergy Vaccine What’s Involved: The treatment is based on immunotherapy – that is, by slowly introducing the immune system to something it is allergic to, the system will eventually learn to tolerate the allergen. […]

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Prevalence of Tree Nut Allergy

Tree nut allergies are one of the most common food allergies in children and are on the rise. A major study in the United States recently found that cases of tree nut allergy in children increased significantly in a decade, from 0.2 per cent in 1997 to 1.1 per cent in 1998. The same study […]

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Prevalence of Peanut Allergy

Peanut allergies are one of the most common food allergies in children and are on the rise. A major study in the United States recently found that cases of peanut allergy in children more than tripled in a decade, and that more than 3 million Americans now have a peanut or nut allergy. In Canada, […]

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Epinephrine Use Low in Reactions

Many Canadians suffering moderate to severe allergic reactions are not using epinephrine to treat the reaction, says Dr. Ann Clarke an allergist at McGill University Health Centre. Clarke and her colleagues surveyed close to 10,000 Canadians in the Surveying Canadians to Access the Prevalence of Common Food Allergies and Attitudes towards Food Labelling and Risk […]

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Treating Peanut Through the Skin

Researchers who are working to find a way to treat food allergies have their sights on the next target – desensitization through the skin. Dr. Hugh Sampson, head of the Consortium of Food Allergy Research in the United States, told Allergic Living magazine that U.S. researchers got the idea from French research, in which scientists […]

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Food Labels: Gaps on Dairy, Egg; Better on Peanut

Products from smaller food companies are more likely to contain allergens, whether or not they had an advisory statement, according to a study from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York. Researchers there looked at 400 products to see how the labelling for allergens held up. For example, almost 6 per cent of […]

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