Scientists in Australia have developed a test they say can determine when a baby is first born if he or she will develop allergies. A protein in the immune cells of newborns appears to hold the answer as to whether a baby will either be protected, or susceptible to the development of allergies later on,”… Read more »
From the Allergic Living archives. First published in the magazine in 2006. It is known that teenagers with food allergies face the biggest risks of reactions of any age group. To understand what it feels like to be an adolescent with life-threatening allergies, Allergic Living and Anaphylaxis Canada held an informal discussion with six Ontario… Read more »
The shocking deaths of two teens provide clues to what goes wrong in fatal food allergy reactions. WHEN news surfaced that 15-year-old Christina Desforges of Saguenay, Quebec, had died of what appeared to be an anaphylactic reaction to a kiss from a boyfriend who had eaten a peanut butter sandwich, the story traveled from Canada… Read more »
The general public has some big misunderstanding about food allergies, according to a study that surveyed 2,000 Americans in February 2008. Dr. Ruchi Gupta, lead author on the study from Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago, is concerned about the public’s belief of how food allergies can be treated: almost half thought there was a cure,… Read more »
Even my own brother-in-law does not have an auto-injector despite his many food allergies, including peanuts and tree nuts. The first time he got one was when he began dating my sister in 1989. She said: “You have to have an EpiPen.” Today, Sean Randall, a 43-year-old artist, thinks it’s in a drawer somewhere. I… Read more »
From the Allergic Living archives. It was a week so harrowing that Michelle Wilson can have trouble remembering which child reacted first. For the mother from Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, the anxiety began on the first birthday for younger daughter Paige. The family was celebrating over ice cream when the child’s head began to swell. “It… Read more »
Teenagers with allergies learn to ask questions before they kiss – and avoid a romance-spoiling reaction.
More kids have food allergies today than 10 years ago, and a large number are landing in hospital because of them, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. Three million U.S. children, or 4 per cent, now have food allergies, an 18 per cent jump in a… Read more »
Three sets of parents who cope well with allergies reveal their family secrets to “managing” allergies.
It’s a source of extreme frustration when family members don’t grasp the seriousness of food allergies.