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Family: Allergic Boy, 3, Died After Being Given Sandwich

Facility then failed to call an ambulance

(Newser) - A heartbroken New York family is mourning a 3-year-old boy whose death they say was completely preventable. Elijah Silvera was given a grilled cheese sandwich at a Harlem daycare on Nov. 3 "despite them knowing and having documented that he has a severe allergy to dairy," family members... More »

When and How to Feed Your Baby Peanuts

Most should taste peanuts around 6 months: NIH

(Newser) - Most babies should start eating peanut-containing foods well before their first birthday, say guidelines released Thursday that aim to protect high-risk tots and other youngsters from developing the dangerous food allergy. The new guidelines from the National Institutes of Health mark a shift in dietary advice, based on landmark research... More »

Peanut Allergy Skin Patch Looks Promising in First Trial

It was particularly effective in younger kids

(Newser) - Peanut allergies are on the rise, and some are so severe as to result in anaphylaxis (often causing swelling, vomiting, and a drop in blood pressure) and death, reports the Mayo Clinic . Even without harmful exposures, constant vigilance can be stressful, but treatments don't yet exist—while research suggests... More »

Woman Dies After Kissing Boyfriend Who Ate Peanut Butter Sandwich

Now her mom is speaking out

(Newser) - Four years ago, 20-year-old Myriam Ducre-Lemay died after kissing her boyfriend who had just eaten a peanut butter sandwich, CTV News reports. Now her mother, Micheline Ducre, is speaking out to keep the same thing from happening to anyone else's kids. After getting home from a party, Myriam's... More »

Man Inherits Sister's Kiwi Allergy in Most Unusual Way

Phenomenon, observed in bone marrow transplant patients, is now proven

(Newser) - When a leukemia patient received a bone marrow transplant from his sister, all went smoothly—until he bit into a kiwi fruit and his lips began to tingle and swell. Turns out the patient was suffering from the "oral allergic symptom" his sister had long endured, and now that... More »

Woman Looks for Mom Who Left Hospital After Her Birth

Andrea Klug-Napier says she wants to thank her birth mom

(Newser) - Andrea Klug-Napier is making headlines for a second time now that she's on a mission to find her birth mom. Her story was first published in the Spokesman-Review in May 1987, just days after her April 30th birth. Her birth mother—who said she was 33, single, unemployed, and... More »

FDA: Dark Chocolate Often Not What It Seems

Unless you like milk in your dark chocolate

(Newser) - Like snacking on dark chocolate? Then we hope you're not doing it to avoid milk, because the US Food and Drug Administration tested 94 dark-chocolate bars and found milk in 61% of them, Quartz reports—including not just products with descriptions like "may contain milk" or "may... More »

Family Sues Restaurant After Son Eats Pancakes, Dies

Teenager had a severe allergy to dairy

(Newser) - A family in Minnesota is suing a local restaurant after their son ate two pancakes there and died last June. They say that 16-year-old Scott Johnson, who was so allergic to dairy that trace amounts had sent him to the emergency room before and the family generally avoided dining out,... More »

What We Do to Peanuts Causes Allergies

Dry-roasted nuts trigger strong immune system response

(Newser) - People in East Asia eat just as many peanuts as people in North America and Europe but have much lower rates of peanut allergy; researchers believe they now know why. Scientists injected mice with proteins from peanuts that had been dry-roasted and from raw peanuts and found that the roasted... More »

Raw Milk Is No Better for the Lactose Intolerant

Researchers oppose popular belief

(Newser) - Among lactose-intolerant people—who make up some 30% of Americans, according to Medical Daily —raw milk has become a popular alternative to the pasteurized stuff. The FDA says it's no better for them, and it warns that raw milk can actually be fatal, Time reports. Are raw-milk advocates... More »

Answer to Peanut Allergies Might Be Peanuts

Study finds that small doses help people build up a tolerance

(Newser) - A new study being hailed by researchers as a breakthrough could help curb common peanut allergies. The researchers helped people build up a tolerance for peanuts by giving them ... peanut protein powder. "We take this peanut flower which is ground up and we feed it to the patients very... More »

Boy's Peanut Allergy Cured by Bone Marrow Transplant?

Boy, 10, remains peanut allergy-free—and cancer-free, too

(Newser) - A bone marrow transplant is thought to have cured both the cancer and the peanut allergy of a 10-year-old boy, LiveScience reports. The boy, who was being treated for acute lymphoblastic leukemia, remains both cancer- and peanut allergy-free, doctors said at a meeting of the American College of Allergy, Asthma,... More »

Cops Investigate After Nut Placed in Allergic Kid's Drink

High school student in Sweden nearly suffocated

(Newser) - "Either the student who did this is completely stupid or it's attempted manslaughter." That quote from a high school principal in Sweden pretty much sums up the case of an allergic student who nearly suffocated when someone put a nut into her water, reports the Local . Authorities... More »

Your Kid Have a Food Allergy? That's $4K a Year

Study tallies parents' cost for first time

(Newser) - Parents can expect to shell out $4,200 a year for a child with food allergies, according to the first study to add up the myriad costs. Only part of that total is in straight-up medical bills, reports the Los Angeles Times . The study in JAMA Pediatrics also factored in... More »

This Tick Could Give You a Red-Meat Allergy

Researchers uncover bizarre side effect

(Newser) - As if bloodsucking ticks weren't creepy enough, now it turns out they can seriously put you off your red meat, reports the Wall Street Journal . The bizarre connection between the bite of a Lone Star tick and red-meat allergies was first identified in 2007 in Virginia, and has been... More »

Whole Foods Has Big Labeling Mix-Up

Reversed labels on chicken, vegan salads

(Newser) - Whoops. Whole Foods, a chain that likely has no shortage of vegan customers, mixed up the labels on its curried chicken salad and its vegan "chick'n" salad at more than a dozen stores across the Northeast this week, the chain announced today. The snafu affected stores in Connecticut,... More »

New Allergy-Drug Device Challenges EpiPen

Smaller Auvi-Q comes with neat bells and whistles

(Newser) - Looks like EpiPen is facing a little competition. With severe food allergies on the rise in America, a pair of food-allergic twin brothers have invented a rival medicine-injector they say is cooler and better-designed, the New York Times reports. Eric and Evan Edwards' new Auvi-Q is rectangular, smaller, and includes... More »

Hottest Celeb Diet: Gluten-Free

Some are allergic; others just want to lose weight

(Newser) - Everyone in Hollywood seems to be allergic to gluten—or at least off it—these days. Celebrity practitioners like Elisabeth Hasselbeck and Gwyneth Paltrow have helped propel the gluten-free lifestyle into the spotlight, with more of us mere mortals following suit in an effort to get thin. It's no wonder... More »

Food Allergies? 75% Are Bogus

Inaccurate testing results in huge number of misdiagnoses, experts say

(Newser) - Food allergies are on the rise, but faulty tests are behind much of that increase, the Los Angeles Times reports. Eating controlled amounts of a certain food under medical supervision is the only way of knowing whether you’re allergic to it, but primary-care doctors are more likely to employ... More »

Why This Bagel Is Becoming More Dangerous

Hint: hummus, sushi, and falafel often carry the same risk

(Newser) - If you often suffer a reaction soon after eating burgers or hummus, it might be time to get checked out for one of the fastest-growing allergies in the US: sesame seeds. Experts link the spike in allergies to the increasing popularity of sesame-rich foods like falafel and tahini—but the... More »

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