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Managing Peanut Allergy

The only current treatment for this allergy is to avoid all traces of peanuts and peanut butter or other peanut-containing products. If your allergic child (or you) eats peanut with a known allergy, the drug epinephrine (adrenaline) will be needed to halt the reaction. But using the epinephrine auto-injector is an emergency situation only, it’s […]

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Famous People with Food Allergies

Food allergies can affect anyone. Here are a few actors and athletes who have achieved great success despite living with a food allergy. Peanut Tennis player Serena Williams NHL player Tom Poti, defenceman for the Washington Capitals Singer Alex Kapranos, Franz Ferdinand Freestyle aerials champion Steve Omischl Tree Nut Singer Clay Aiken NHL player Tom […]

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All About Peanut Allergy

Allergies to peanut are one of the most common and severe types of food allergies. When someone with a peanut allergy ingests peanuts, even a trace amount, that person is at risk of a severe allergic reaction, called anaphylaxis. An anaphylactic reaction includes more than one of the body’s systems, such as the respiratory tract, […]

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Carrying the Olympic Torch for Allergies

On a normal day, Olivia Piluso is a typical teenager – albeit a very busy one. She takes part in gymnastics, dance, swimming and walks the neighbourhood dogs. But on a recent winter’s day, this peanut-allergic girl felt like much more than an average teen. “I felt like a celebrity,” she says. That day, Olivia […]

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The Hunt for a Peanut Vaccine

From Allergic Living magazine, Spring 2005. IN LABS in universities and hospitals across North America and Europe, these are exciting and competitive times in allergy research. There are strong prospects for a vaccine that would significantly increase a peanut-allergic individual’s tolerance to the dread legume. And, while farther off into the future, scientists are speaking […]

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Skiier Steve Omischl Lives with Peanut Allergy

The Olympic Games in Vancouver are freestyle skiier Steve Omischl’s big chance to snag Olympic Gold – and on the Canadian’s home turf. Omischl is a four-time world champ, but Olympic victory is the one honour that’s so far eluded him. Allergic Living has followed the aerialist, who has peanut allergy and asthma, with interest. […]

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Peanut Allergy: Making It ‘Go Away’

Nine-year-old Isabella Uknis can do something her parents were told was impossible: she can eat half a peanut every day. Since she had an anaphylactic reaction to a peanut butter cracker at the age of 2, Isabella has been avoiding peanut. But that all changed when her mother, Kathy, saw a report on “Good Morning […]

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Peanut Allergy: The CSACI Advises

Following is a joint position statement issued by the Canadian Society of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. Recent studies of oral food desensitization suggest exciting possibilities for the 1.2 million Canadians with severe food allergies. Canadian families, particularly those families with young children living with food allergies, are understandably hopeful of medical advancements that could reduce […]

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‘Safe’ Peanut Sparks Debate

News that researchers at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University have developed a process to make an allergen-free peanut was met with a flurry of excitement in the media, followed by considerable skepticism in the allergic community. While the agricultural researcher involved, Mohamed Ahmedna, sees much potential in his findings, even he cautions there […]

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Peanut Detector Dogs

We’ve all seen dogs at the airport, sniffing luggage furiously for drugs. Sharon Perry, owner of the Southern Star Ranch in Florence, Texas, had been teaching pooches like that narcotics, arson and termite detection for years when she was approached by the mother of a peanut-allergic child in 2005 about the possibility of training a […]

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