Food Allergies In The News: 2/2/2014

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Welcome back to our “Food Allergies in the News” weekly roundup.

Each Sunday, I’m going to gather up what I believe are the most interesting food allergy articles from the week prior and bring them to you in one post.  It’s just like getting your Sunday paper!  This way you can be up-to-date on all of the food allergy happenings, too!

So here is the roundup for February 2, 2014:

  1. On ABC News, “New Treatment Could Reduce Kids’ Peanut Allergies.”  This has been the HOT food allergy news this week.  Have you seen an article about it.  It sounds like doctors and researchers are so close to coming up with a cure for peanut allergies involving peanut flour. Check out the article. It’s incredibly encouraging.  What do you think?  Have you gone through this therapy?
  2. On, “Food Labels Leave Off Full Story For Allergy Sufferers.” This is so scary and something that I, too, have experienced.  It’s stories like this that make me feel like no matter how much label reading I do, it still may not be enough.  Of course we can’t live in fear but we MUST keep the manufacturers accountable to their mistakes.
  3. On The Daytona Beach News-Jounral, “Allergy Affects 7 Million in U.S.”  We don’t have a confirmed fish or shellfish allergy but with our lovely, long list of allergens we haven’t even tried fish or shellfish with our little men.  What shocked me the most about this article was the number.  I had no idea that the number of people affected by a fish or shellfish allergy was so high.  Do you have a fish or shellfish allergy?  When were you diagnosed?
  4. On, “Hunter Discovery Finds Nut Allergy.” This new way of testing looks promising.  I know that food challenges are a very nerve-wracking time for me.  It would be nice to be able to detect a peanut allergy without a child actually having to play the eat a nut and wait and see game. What do you think?
  5. On The Wall Street Journal, “DBV to Present Key Scientific Publications at the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology (AAAAI) Annual Conference.”  I always look forward to reading about the latest news from the AAAAI Conference.  Sounds like there are lots of great things that will be presented.  What are you most excited about?
  6. On, “Former NFL Running Back Jerome Bettis Discusses Super Bowl and His Severe Food Allergies.”  I love hearing pro athletes and celebrities share about their life-threatening food allergies.  They gain so much more attention and can bring awareness to food allergies in a way that I’ll never be able to do.  Plus, our food allergic children need role models that they can relate to – food allergies and all.
  7. On, “Cosmo Article: Are Food Allergies The New Eating Disorders?” I hear from many girlfriends that they are going “gluten-free” as a way to lose weight.  Some people truly have a food allergy, food sensitivity or Celiac Disease and can’t have gluten.  But for everyone else, I’m not entirely sure if omitting it entirely from a diet is the best option.  Restricting gluten to limited amounts, perhaps (as everything should be eaten in moderation).  Just my thoughts.  I like what Casey shares on the topic.  What do you think?
  8. On, “Dear Diary, The Fear.”  I’m so grateful to Elizabeth for sharing her true thoughts, fears and anxiety that caring for a food allergic child brings.  I don’t think it’s healthy to stuff those feelings of fear as they are VERY real – and real for a reason.  Although, I’m constantly trying to remind myself that I can’t allow myself to live in fear daily – it’s hard as the reality of my little mens’ food allergies can lead to death.  Do you live in fear daily?  What do you do to counteract the anxiety that being a food allergy mom brings?  For me, I pray.
  9. On Independent.Ie, “Access to Life-Saving Jabs Reviewed After Tragedy of Allergy Girl.” I’m so glad to hear that Ireland’s Health Minister is looking at changing their policy in regards to giving out Epinephrine.  The death of Emma Sloan was devastating and could have been prevented.

I hope you enjoyed reading these articles.  What was your favorite?   What did you see in the news that I missed?

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  1. Amy Bymer says:

    I am really excited about the “Hunter discovery finds nut allergy” article! That is so promising!! The idea of food challenges scare me so much that this is a great option! I just wish things like this didn’t take so long to become mainstreamed! We are just getting ready to have my youngest do testing for peanut/tree nut allergy and I’m pretty nervous….wish this was around!!
    Oldest has known peanut/tree nut allergy, youngest still getting tested

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