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Not All About the Peanut

Samantha Yaffe’s frank take on motherhood with allergies When Lucas was about 3, I had him enrolled two afternoons a week in this cute little neighbourhood program. On account of his allergies, the kind people in charge declared the space peanut- and nut-free, directly informing each parent (or nanny) to send only nut-free snacks for […]

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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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Kyle Dine, Allergy Minstrel

From Allergic Living, Spring 2007 edition. With songs like “Smellephant the Allergic Elephant,” the kids think Kyle Dine rocks. He has been strumming a guitar since he was 10. Now at the age of 23, Kyle Dine has played many a coffee shop and open mike night in his hometown of Kingston, Ontario. But along […]

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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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My Outlaw In-law

Even my own brother-in-law does not have an auto-injector despite his many food allergies, including peanuts and tree nuts. The first time he got one was when he began dating my sister in 1989. She said: “You have to have an EpiPen.” Today, Sean Randall, a 43-year-old artist, thinks it’s in a drawer somewhere. I […]

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Multiple Food Allergies Are on the Rise

It was a week so harrowing that Michelle Wilson can have trouble remembering which child reacted first. For the 29-year-old mother from Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, the anxiety began on the first birthday for younger daughter Paige. The family was celebrating over ice cream when the child’s head began to swell. “It was scary,” Wilson says. […]

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Families In Control

Angela Brown was anxious about returning to work after maternity leave. The day before she was to be back at her office in Toronto, she left her 8-month-old daughter, Brigit, with her new nanny for a few hours while she ran errands. “I had forgotten something and came back,” she recalls, “and that’s when it […]

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WestJet Scraps Nuts

There’s good news this summer for the traveling nut allergic. WestJet has stopped selling cashews on its flights and is not offering any peanut or nut products aboard its aircraft. “This has been a tremendous move on the part of WestJet,” says Yvonne Rousseau of the Allergy/Asthma Information Association in British Columbia, who had discussions […]

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