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Many people are bothered by seasonal allergies – sneezing and wheezing when certain pollens roll in. But for those allergic to certain foods (a less common type of allergy) the condition can take on whole new precautions and reactions.
Peanuts, Pregnancy and Protection
Many women are afraid to eat nuts while they’re pregnant for fear they could cause future allergies for their baby. New research suggests they need not worry.
What Goes Down the Hatch
Food allergies can be scary. On top of that, a rare food allergy disease is making it more difficult to swallow, so what can be done to watch for it?
Allergies on the Rise
Allergies occur when the body’s immune system reacts abnormally to something in the environment. When these allergic reactions occur in response to a food, the results can be quite dangerous. Recent studies show that food allergies seem to be increasing in children. With this increase, greater public knowledge and information is required. Rates Rising A study published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology in 2010 showed that nut allergies among children seem to be on the rise. The study, led by Scott H. Sicherer , MD, surveyed 13,534 people (5,300 household...
In recent years, the idea of a gluten-free diet has grown in popularity. As more people discuss avoiding gluten, celiac disease (which is somewhat like a severe gluten allergy) is becoming the subject of more and more research. What are the effects of this disease and just how common is it? Celiac Simply Put Celiac disease is an immune disorder triggered by gluten, a protein present in foods like wheat, rye and barley. According to an article written by Jocelyn Silvester , MD and Donald Duerksen , MD, and published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal ( CMAJ ), celia...
What’s in That Cookie?
Awareness of children’s food allergies has increased dramatically over the past few years. New research suggests that there is even more need for caregiver education about food allergies in children.
Country Kids, City Kids and Food Allergies
If you move from the city to the country, your child may have fewer classmates with peanut allergies. But if you do the reverse, chances are more classmates will have food allergies.
Gluten and Schizophrenia Linked
An inability to eat foods with gluten, like bread and rice, is frustrating enough for many people. But the condition may have further implications for women planning to have children.
Peanut-Free Ball Games
Baseball may be America's pastime but allergies are preventing some families from going to the games. Luckily, stadiums are becoming friendlier for those with peanut allergies. Most know the lyrics to “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” by Jack Norworth , including the part that goes, “buy me some peanuts and Crackerjacks.” For some families, a peanut allergy can make going to a game impossible. Many teams have recognized this and are offering allergy free trips to the ballgame. Peanut-free Fun at the Ballpark Peanuts are a common snack inside a stadium alongside Crackerj...
Lactose Intolerance is a Global Problem
Adding milk to your coffee may seem normal, but it's not. Most adults globally cannot tolerate milk and its main sugar, lactose.