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 Post subject: 20080what a year!
PostPosted: Thu Jan 01, 2009 1:12 pm 
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Food was in the news in 2008 and it wasn't just those with allergies who paid close attention.

Melamine in milk products out of China and a listeria outbreak in Canada just as the children were headed back to school sent parents reeling over what to send for lunches.
Although the US label laws are ahead of Canada in clear labelling, the Chicago Tribune indepth reporting found that many products are mislabeled and that recalls are at the discretion of thefood company not the FDA.

Allergic Living hosted a food allergen labelling law write in campaign
Manitoba passed Bill 232 – The Public Schools Amendment Act (Anaphylaxis Policies)
Lung Association launched the Clean Air for Kids Campaign to ensure Canadians “butt out” when driving in cars with kids
Trace Adkins gave food allergies much attention when he went on Celebrity Apprentice in support of FAAN-and almost won!
FAAN co-founders retired and Julia E. Bradsher, Ph.D., took over as the new CEO.
AAAAI named leading food allergy researcher Dr. Hugh Sampson is the new president of the organization.

In research:

European scientists have discovered a mechanism which can lead to hay fever and other allergies by stopping the immune system from regulating itself properly.
http://cordis.europa.eu/fetch?CALLER=EN ... &RCN=28910

Anaphylaxis enzyme (PAF-AH) identified. Dr. Peter Vadas’s study appears in the New England Journal of Medicine today (January 3, 2008). http://www.allergicliving.com/forum/vie ... php?t=3052

Didgeridoo offers asthmatic hope http://www.news.com.au/couriermail/stor ... 26,00.html

Findings point to calcium channels as essential regulators of mast cell activation http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/ ... 011408.php

The Canadian Healthy Infant Longitudinal Development (CHILD) Study looking at what factors in the environment may be related to children’s health and development. The dramatic increase over the last 30 years of allergic diseases, including food allergies, eczema, allergic rhinitis, and asthma, may relate to our environment.
http://www.allergen-nce.ca/Research/index.html

I can't wait to see what 2009 has in store. :)

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Daughter: asthma, allergies to egg, milk, peanuts, tree nuts, most legumes (not soy) & penicillin. Developing hayfever type allergies.
Husband: no allergies
Me: allergies to some tree that flowers in May
Cat: allergic to beef, pork and lamb


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