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Wednesday, December 12th, 2012

Mister Snacks, Inc. issues allergy alert on undeclared peanuts in Sunbird Snacks 5oz. packages of yogurt raisins
This recall is limited to 161 cases containing twelve Sunbird Snacks 5 oz. Yogurt Raisin packages. The product comes in a 5 oz. clear bag marked with a Lot Number and Expiration Date of “EXP 0513 265″ ink-stamped on the back of the package. The product was distributed nationwide in retail stores.

Food allergies: What you need to know
People exposed to high levels of germ- and weed-killing chemicals may be more likely to develop food allergies. The chemicals are called dichlorophenols and they are created by the breakdown of common pesticides and chlorinated chemicals used to purify drinking water. They also turn up in moth balls, air fresheners, deodorizers and herbicides sprayed on crops.

Chattanoogans reporting symptoms of new food allergy to local allergist
Covenant Allergy and Asthma Care has reported evidence of a new type of food allergy in the Chattanooga area that actually stems from a tick or chigger bite. In the past month, three patients presented to Covenant’s East Brainerd office with reports of a recent tick or chigger bite along with hives, itching, difficulty breathing, and/or symptoms of a severe allergic reaction called anaphylaxis.

Olive allergy – pipeline review, H2 2012
Global Markets Direct’s, ‘Olive Allergy – Pipeline Review, H2 2012′, provides an overview of the indication’s therapeutic pipeline. This report provides information on the therapeutic development for Olive Allergy, complete with latest updates, and special features on late-stage and discontinued projects. It also reviews key players involved in the therapeutic development for Olive Allergy. Olive Allergy – Pipeline Review, Half Year is built using data and information sourced from Global Markets Direct’s proprietary databases, Company/University websites, SEC filings, investor presentations and featured press releases from company/university sites and industry-specific third party sources, put together by Global Markets Direct’s team.

Mislabeled fish raise food allergy risk
Nearly 40 percent of seafood sold in New York City is mislabeled, according to a conservation group’s new report on a fishy practice that spells trouble for people with food allergies. “Recent testing has revealed that dishonest labeling and fraudulent seafood substitution for certain species is rampant and widespread,” researchers from the ocean conservation group Oceana wrote in their report, which they said was based on DNA testing of 142 seafood samples collected from unidentified New York City grocery stores, restaurants and sushi bars.

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Tuesday, December 11th, 2012

Gilbert author focuses on food allergies in kids’ book
Writing is something of a family affair for Gilbert author Kathy Webb Penrod. She wrote her newly-released, first-published children’s book, “Tumptin’s Sneeze” because the only daughter among her five children had a friend with an allergy to peanuts. One of her sons inspired the name of the elephant in the title. And her kids and husband all serve as sounding boards for her ideas and drafts.

Protecting yourself from Christmas tree allergies
“The first issue is the tree itself, even though they’ve been cut and it is winter, they still have pollen probably with certain trees,” said Dr. Dennis Rhoades of Doctors Care. “But, on top of that the trees can have mold associated with them because they’ve been in damp environments, been watered and outside so you’re bringing a source of mold inside as well.”

Food allergies decoded: interview with allergist and author Dr. Atul Shah
The true food allergy implies the reactions related to high amount of food specific Immunoglobulin E (IgE) present in the food allergic individuals. For example, the peanut allergic person will have high IgE specific to peanut and that is responsible for life threatening allergic reactions.

DBV Technologies’ Viaskin: potential revolution in treating allergy, offering up hope to the most severe and most vulnerable patients
DBV Technologies, whose shares are traded on segment C of Euronext Paris (Ticker: DBV), believes that its VIASKIN® platform is a game-changer, notably for children and adults who suffer from potentially lethal food allergies. DBV claims that its VIASKIN® technology offers a novel and breakthrough treatment, thanks to a fully proprietary and original method called EPIT (Epicutaneous Immunotherapy) characterized by its safety, thereby opening the door to the treatment of the more severe allergies.

For Staten Island man, food allergy leads to new Hanukkah tradition
When Roy Moskowitz had an allergy to potatoes and apples diagnosed one of the adjustments he had to make was at holiday time. “I no longer miss potato latkes,” says Moskowitz. “I actually like the zucchini latkes better. They’re creamier.”

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Monday, December 10th, 2012

Sugar Flowers Plus Inc. issues allergy alert on undeclared egg whites
Sugar Flowers Plus of California is recalling Cake Decors Pastillage (gum paste) Flowers because of the undeclared use of egg white wash used as a glue for the inner petals of the flowers. Those with an allergy or severe sensitivity to egg whites could have a life-threatening reaction if they consume the product.

Food for thought: An allergy or an intolerance?
The terms allergy and intolerance are often used interchangeably but they are not the same. Each requires a different approach for successful treatment. According to Davidson’s Principles and Practice of Medicine, up to 20 per cent of the US population perceive themselves as suffering from a food allergy but only 1 to 2 per cent of adults and 5 to 7 per cent of children have genuine food allergies.

Education department sorry over nut allergy death
The New South Wales Education Department has apologised for its role in the death of a 16-year-old Sydney boy who died after eating a walnut cookie made at school. Raymond Cho died after eating the cookie prepared in class at Ashfield Boys High School in Sydney’s inner west in May last year.

Indian foods need labelling, more allergen-specific tests
Indian foods, with all the diversity and rich taste, have also started posing a small, but growing problem of causing allergy to some consumers. Similarly, the growing exports of Indian food products have necessitated the demand for more data to consumers. In the light of these developments, experts at the World Allergy Conference have suggested a policy on labeling food products, which give important data on ingredients both for exports and domestic consumption, and allergen-specific tests for Indian foods.

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Sunday, December 9th, 2012

Urban lifestyle leading to rise in asthmatic children: World Allergy Organisation
Asthma in children is increasing alarmingly in India with at least 15% rise mainly in big metros in thelast 10 years,the WorldAllergy Organisation (WAO ) said. With global warming, increase in pollution and change in lifestyle, the number of asthmatic children has doubled globally compared to what it was in the initial years of the millennium, said Ruby Pawankar, president of WAO on Saturday.

Life-threatening asthma and allergy attacks linked to exposures to mold after floods and storms
After Hurricane Sandy, residents and business owners in Brooklyn were clearing out their homes and buildings in hopes of avoiding mold. Serious respiratory problems, including severe asthma and allergy attacks that can be life-threatening, have been associated with exposures to mold after floods and storms.

Kids’ allergy epidemic alarm as food reactions soar
Victoria’s biggest children’s hospital is rolling out a program to rapidly train general practitioners in diagnosing and treating food allergies in order to try to reduce burgeoning waiting lists. Murdoch Childrens Research Institute allergist Professor Katie Allen said antibiotics and the good public health outcomes associated with increased urbanisation had a dark side.

Mosquitoes cause allergy too
After spreading life-threatening diseases like dengue and malaria, mosquitoes are now causing severe allergies. Researches in East and West Godavari and Krishna districts show a spurt in mosquito allergy, with people reporting blistering rashes and large swellings after mosquito bite. Mosquito bite generally causes simple itchy red bump, but in some people, it causes severe allergic reaction that require medical attention. Mosquito allergy is more among people in Krishna region, owing to the presence of vast stretches of stagnant water. Cockroach allergy too was found in the Godavari districts.

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Saturday, December 8th, 2012

WAO urges governments to check allergy-related problems
The World Allergy Organisation has advised governments to check the rise of allergy-related health problems by reducing pollution, making drugs accessible and affordable to all, as well as promoting research. The WAO, which is presently organising its International Scientific Conference here, has published a ‘white book’ which calls upon governments to take steps to reduce the spread of allergic diseases.

All about allergy shots
Allergy shots—which are also known as immunotherapy—are a series of scheduled injections designed to desensitize you to specific allergens, substances that trigger an allergic response.

Sioux City School District does its best to accomodate food allergies
Eating food that touched a gluten product could trigger severe digestive upset in a child with food allergies, while a tablespoon of peanut butter could lead them to break out into hives, wheeze and ultimately lose consciousness.

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Friday, December 7th, 2012

Cedar season draws near
“We’re expecting a worse cedar season than usual, because dry weather is predicted during the season. So with a drier winter, if it’s windier, lots more pollen gets into the air, which means it can get into our eyes and nose more,” said Dr. Howland.

Can allergy tests give false negatives?
He said its hard to diagnose since they can’t get a completely accurate reading since my skin is sensitive and I react to everything. And the blood test can’t be accurate until I’m reaction free for three weeks but I can’t be if I don’t know what to be careful around. (besides apples and cinnamon). All the doctors say that seems to be what I’m allergic to so why us my blood test reading negative?

Tips for traveling safely with your food-allergic child
Traffic delays, long wait times and hungry little tummies – for all the rewards of spending time with your children, traveling with kids can be a challenge. But when the child has food allergies, those challenges can start to look like insurmountable – and even life-threatening – obstacles.

Health briefing: Suffering from rare spice allergy
According to US allergists at the recent American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology Annual Scientific Meeting in Anaheim, California, that is the world for 2% to 3% of individuals living with a spice allergy.

The Healthy Facilities Institute (HFI) promotes NEA HIN Publication, “The Food Allergy Book – What School Employees Need to Know
“We are enthused about this publication of the NEA HIN, and are pleased to join them in raising awareness of food allergy in schools,” said Allen Rathey, president and founder of The Healthy Facilities Institute (HFI). “This easy-to-read guide lays out a plan and examples for all to follow, and concisely addresses an under-publicized area of concern for facility professionals and others.”

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Thursday, December 6th, 2012

Global conference on allergic diseases from tomorrow
Nearly 1,500 delegates from around the world will gather here tomorrow to discuss rise of allergic diseases as a global public health problem and exchange information on their prevention and treatment. These delegates will be taking part in the 2nd International Scientific Conference of the World Allergy Organisation (WAO). It will conclude on December 9.

Schools’ positive allergic response
Hundreds of public schools have been told to buy life-saving medical equipment after a kindergarten student almost died from an allergic reaction after eating banana bread containing nuts. The five-year-old, who had undiagnosed anaphylaxis, ate the food at home but fell seriously ill after arriving at school.

Allergies spike in warm, damp weather
This time of year would normally see snow on the frozen ground, but right now Hoosiers may be suffering from allergies and related symptoms, like sneezing, watery eyes and runny nose. The combination of rain and temperatures near 70 this week has caused mold to grow. Local allergist Dr. Pinkus Goldberg with Allergy, Asthma, & Clinical Immunology Associates in Indianapolis said right now, Hoosiers aren’t plagued by pollen allergies; instead they suffer from mold, dust and animal dander.

Even doctors need more education about severe allergic reactions
When we visit the doctor, we place all our trust in that he or she can help us with our ailments. But doctors are human – one reason why they must continue their education even while in practice. One area of medicine that more primary doctors and emergency physicians need more knowledge is that of allergic reactions, particularly anaphylaxis treatment.

Food allergy & marital stress: what’s your story?
Alisa Fleming ~ Allergic Living magazine is looking for stories from you for an upcoming issue. I wanted to help spread the word on this call, as I think that some of you probably have great, helpful experiences to share. Here is the gist: Credits or Pseudonym, your choice: Allergic Living recognizes that this is a sensitive topic. Therefore, you can share your story anonymously, or if you prefer, they can include your name and a resource that you offer (blog, website, book).

Districts tackle food allergies differently
Few Western Pennsylvania school districts have policies on handling food allergies, instead handling a rise in students who suffer from such conditions on a case-by-case basis. Many schools leave food decisions up to food service providers, said Michelle Marker, program director at the Nutrition Group, which handles food services for several districts.

Who’s to blame for the food allergy boom?
“It is definitely a disease that is much more rampant now than 50 years ago,” said Dr. Shaista Safder, a gastroenterologist at Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children. Dr. Safder said there are three prevailing theories as to why so many more children have food allergies. The first, she says, is that we live in such a clean and sanitary society that the normal bacteria that helps our bodies is decreasing.

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