Please note that we have removed the following product line from the Safe Snack Guide due to manufacturing, labeling, and/or disclosure changes by the manufacturer:
- Terra Exotic Vegetable Chips
Reports of Pro-Bowl Linebacker Adrian Peterson’s 2011 bout of anaphylaxis are making the rounds again. While we applaud Peterson’s advocacy, let’s take the opportunity to recap what we learned.
Peterson, who had no prior history of shellfish allergy, ate a bowl of seafood gumbo for lunch during training camp. About 30 minutes later, he began experiencing classic symptoms of anaphylaxis: itchiness and swelling of the eyes and swelling of his throat resulting in difficulty breathing. He called his trainer who recognized the symptoms and immediately administered epinephrine from an auto-injector he kept on-hand.
A terrific article by John Kruzel written as an open letter to Malia Obama was published on Slate.com. The piece, entitled The Patron Saint of Peanut Allergies, is an entreaty to Ms Obama – who herself suffers from peanut allergy – to encourage her father to capitalize on the momentum created by his signing of the School Access to Emergency Epinephrine Act to make the eradication of food allergy a top priority of his administration.
Please note that we have made changes to the contents of the Safe Snack Guide.
An excellent piece entitled: “What Should Airlines Do About Children With Peanut Allergies?” appeared in the New York Times “Motherlode: Adventures in Parenting” blog section yesterday.
The article by Abby Ellin makes the case for better accommodation of people with food allergies by the airlines. She details the experiences of two families, the Silvermans and Mandelbaums, both of which experienced humiliation at the hands of airline personnel. Our readers may find these anecdotes all too familiar.
Culminating two years of effort, the School Access to Emergency Epinephrine Act was signed into law today by President Obama. The legislation, pioneered by Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE), provides incentives to the individual states to enact “stock” epinephrine laws and the requisite Good Samaritan laws designed to shield well-meaning individuals from liability in the event they administer epinephrine to someone experiencing symptoms of anaphylaxis.
Stock epinephrine refers to epinephrine auto-injectors stocked without a specific prescription for emergency use on anyone experiencing a serious allergic reaction. Many such reactions occur in school settings where a significant percentage are suffered by children that have no prior diagnosis of allergy.
“Will the cure for allergies come from the cowshed?” begins a terrific opinion piece in Sunday’s New York Times by Moises Velasquez-Manoff, author of “An Epidemic of Absence”. He makes yet another case in support of the “hygiene hypothesis” which posits that the absence of microbes in the food and environment of the developed world is robbing us of important agents that help train our immune systems as they develop.
According to US News and World Report, a study presented this week at a meeting of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI) described the case of a boy who was cured of his peanut allergy after a bone marrow transplant.
A $10 million lawsuit will be filed against Snohomish County, WA for the death of an inmate who had spent the night in the county jail awaiting a court appearance.
In July of last year, 22 year old Michael Saffioti turned himself in on a warrant for an outstanding misdemeanor marijuana possession charge. He was to be held overnight in the city jail to await a court appearance the next day, but was transferred to the county prison because an officer at the jail determined Safiotti could not be properly supervised due to his medical issues. Saffioti was known to have severe allergies to milk.
A pilot study conducted at Boston Children’s Hospital Division of Allergy and Immunology and Harvard Medical School shows promise that treatment combining the asthma drug Xolair® with oral desensitization therapy facilitates rapid desensitization in children with severe peanut allergies.
The study, published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (JACI), followed 8 boys and 5 girls aged 8-16 years with histories of significant allergic reactions to peanuts.
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