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2008-10-23 12:00:17

ExpertSource: TOPIC: A study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) National Center for Health Statistics found the numbers of U.S. children with food allergies seem to be increasing, according to an article by The Associated Press. The first federal study of its kind revealed that food allergies in American children are on the rise and now affect about 3 million kids or four percent of children and teenagers under the age of 18. The number of young people who had a...

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2008-10-22 14:45:00

Food allergies appear to be on the rise among children in the U.S., according to the first federal study to address the issue. Experts found about 3 million U.S. children have a food or digestive allergy. This was an 18 percent increase over the past 10 years, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That translates to about 1 in 26 children last year "“ up from 1 in 29 kids in 1997. Experts are unable to pinpoint the exact cause of the significant increase at...

2008-08-20 15:00:54

For the second consecutive year, Enjoy Life Foods, which makes great-tasting allergy-friendly and gluten-free foods, has been named to the Inc. 500 list of the fastest growing privately held businesses in the U.S.(1) The 2008 list is the 27th that Inc. magazine has published that in the past has included such companies as Zappos, Intuit, GoDaddy, Under Armour, and Jamba Juice. Schiller Park, IL-based Enjoy Life Foods is ranked No. 371, with three-year revenue growth of 805%. It was one...

2008-08-19 06:10:00

SCIENTISTS yesterday urged teenagers to take part in the first ever study into how serious allergic reactions affect their lives. Edinburgh University experts will study the adolescent experience of anaphylaxis, a severe allergic condition that comes on rapidly and can be fatal. Anaphylaxis, often sparked by peanut allergy, affects at least 40,000 people in the UK and causes between 10 and 20 deaths every year. It is hoped the study will help improve care and treatment for teenagers with...

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2008-05-04 09:05:00

A Duke University food allergy expert reported this week that immunotherapy to rid a person of a peanut allergy would likely be available within the next five years. Typically appearing in the first three years of life, peanut allergies produce reactions that include skin reactions such as hives and itching, diarrhea, stomach cramps, nausea, vomiting, shortness of breath, wheezing and, in severe cases, life-threatening anaphylaxis.And while many children outgrow other food allergies, such as...

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2008-04-18 07:40:00

Researchers at National Jewish Medical and Research Center are conducting trials to evaluate a method to prevent allergic reactions to food. They are feeding peanut- and egg-allergic people increasing doses of an investigational protein extract from the foods to see if they can induce the participants' immune systems to tolerate the food."We hope these trials will lead to the development of the first active, preventive treatment for food allergies," said pediatric allergist David Fleischer,...

2006-07-21 10:24:53

LONDON (Reuters) - The growing number of allergy sufferers in Britain are poorly served by the lack of specialists and local doctors need better training to help alleviate the shortage, according to a government review. The report said people with allergies were often unhappy with lengthy waiting lists of up to nine months to see a specialist and that many sought help from charities and other groups. Nearly three million people go to their local GP every year complaining of...

2006-06-06 07:49:26

By Will Boggs, MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Introducing cereals into the diet of babies before the age of 6 months does not increase the likelihood that they'll become allergic to wheat, a new report shows. In fact, a delay seems to raise the risk. "Delaying introduction of foods may not be protective against allergic disease development, and perhaps may be the wrong message," Dr. Jill A. Poole from the University of Colorado and Health Sciences Center, Denver, told Reuters...

2006-03-08 12:30:00

By Megan Rauscher NEW YORK -- Treatment of peanut allergic mice with the Chinese herbal formula known as FAHF-2 completely blocks peanut-induced allergic reactions for up to 6 months following therapy and full protection is restored following a second course of FAHF-2, investigators report. These observations, if reproducible in humans, suggest that this Chinese herbal formula may be a highly effective treatment for peanut allergy, study investigators say. The findings were presented Tuesday...

2006-03-06 15:20:01

By Megan Rauscher NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Survey results indicate that most food-allergic children who experience severe throat, respiratory and cardiovascular symptoms of anaphylaxis, a potentially fatal allergic reaction, do not receive epinephrine and many do not seek medical attention. For those who do seek medical care, their reported treatment is often suboptimal. The results of this survey suggest that "there is a long way to go to improve the management of allergic...


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