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Allergies/Food Allergies

Postby CielOnTap on Tue Dec 09, 2008 5:45 pm

Given that some workplaces, schools and even municipalities have rules restricting the use of scented personal care products or consumption of certain foods due to individuals with strong allergies or anaphylactic responses, it is very 21st century to consider allergy sufferers. Whether someone at school or work has a peanut/nut allergy, to a person who cannot eat shellfish at gatherings, or a healthcare worker with a latex allergy (hence the no latex balloon policies often seen in hospitals), awareness of allergies is becoming necessary.

An article about a new research project looking for allergy indicators in two groups of children, one in the U.S. and another in China, will start off this thread.

Researchers put a microscope on food allergies
By Karen Ann Cullotta Published: December 9, 2008

CHICAGO: For 5-year-old Sean Batson, even a grandmother's kiss is to be feared.

"My mother was wearing lipstick, and when she kissed Sean's cheek, it broke out in hives," said his mother, Jennifer Batson.

At his first birthday party, Sean had a severe allergic reaction — hives, swollen eyes, vomiting and wheezing — to his first nibble of cake. And when a toddler with an ice cream cone touched Sean's arm with sticky hands during a play date, the arm erupted in hives.

The daily struggle of living with Sean's allergies to nearly unavoidable foods and food products — soy, eggs and milk, traces of which can turn up even in nonfoods like lipstick — prompted Batson and her husband, Tim, to participate in a project that scientists are calling the most comprehensive food allergy study to date.

The international study, led by Xiaobin Wang and Jacqueline A. Pongracic of Children's Memorial Hospital here, is searching for causes of food allergy by looking at hundreds of families in Boston, Chicago and Anhui Province in China. http://www.iht.com/articles/2008/12/09/healthscience/09allergies.php
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Re: Allergies/Food Allergies

Postby CielOnTap on Fri Feb 20, 2009 3:25 pm

Tiny study suggests peanut allergy can be overcome
Last Updated: Friday, February 20, 2009 | 12:14 PM ET
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Doctors in Britain are closer to finding a cure for severe nut allergies, according to a study published Friday.

A research team at Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge exposed children gradually to tiny amounts of peanuts over six months to build up their tolerance.

It is the first time such a desensitization program has been used to treat a food allergy.

Four children — who risked fatal anaphylactic shock from contact with traces of peanut — took part in the study published in Allergy. http://www.cbc.ca/world/story/2009/02/20/peanut.html
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Re: Allergies/Food Allergies

Postby fishandchips on Sun Feb 22, 2009 9:24 pm

Peanut bans are fairly standard in school systems. Workplaces are not necessarily free of nut products, likely based upon the premise that adults are self-sufficient in ascertaining if a food is an allergen or not to them. Presumably, said adults also have an extensive memory for the various terms that relate to nuts (even in personal care products) in Latin, English or chemistry terms.

How long-lasting would the peanut acclimatization last? Granted eight peanuts seems rather miserly in consumption but for a person with a peanut allergy, could it seem that they feel better as a result of knowing some peanuts are ok?
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Re: Allergies/Food Allergies

Postby CielOnTap on Wed Feb 01, 2012 12:08 am

Food intolerances can be found with a blood test
January 31, 2012
Barbara Turnbull
LIFE REPORTER
Mary Tomas’s digestive problems began slowly.

About seven years ago, she started to get bloated and constipated after she ate.

A colonoscopy revealed nothing and doctors insisted she was fine. But her symptoms continually got worse. They became so severe, she had to buy bigger clothes to accommodate her distended belly. She had also become uncharacteristically exhausted in the afternoon and evening. http://www.healthzone.ca/health/newsfeatures/article/1123642--food-intolerances-can-be-found-with-a-blood-test

It is amazing how the human body can "talk" but its message can take a long time to be understood by a human. The blood tests seem to be actively promoted for fees. The fees may include followup session with a medical health professional.

Sometimes a human body just decides it won't take anymore tolerance of favourite foods. That can be emotionally upsetting (as humans do enjoy celebrating events and people with food) as well as a long process of discovering what caused the change.
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Re: Allergies/Food Allergies

Postby smitty on Wed Feb 01, 2012 2:13 pm

I have a friend that is in charge of this major grocery store & believe me he is spending so much of his time wanting to make sure that nothing in the allergic end will be offered to his customers AND THAT IS QUITE A CHORE.
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Re: Allergies/Food Allergies

Postby burnt fare on Sat Dec 29, 2018 3:13 pm

People who aren't Japanese literate might have plans to include Japan on their travel lists of places to visit. Be careful though if you have any food allergies. Japan does not have a consistent way to indicating to non-Japanese tourists which foods might contain allergens for them.

The 2019 Rugby World Cup and the 2020 Summer Games are expected to add to the tourism boom.

But both government and restaurant industry officials have admitted that at this point, there are no concrete measures in place to give ingredient information to people who don’t read Japanese.

Kiyotoshi Tamura, director of the Japan Food Service Association, stressed that the restaurant industry is well aware of the importance of allergen labeling, but said that unlike the laws governing the processed food industry, restaurants are cautious about putting out information, even in Japanese, over fear of potential accidents stemming from the spread of misinformation.


https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2018/12/28/national/amid-influx-tourists-japan-grapples-accommodate-foreign-visitors-food-allergies/
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