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Mom Blames 15-Year-Old's Death on Cookie Packaging

Florida teen missed peanut mention in Chips Ahoy made with with Reese's

(Newser) - A Florida mother blames the death of her 15-year-old daughter on what she calls confusing packaging for Reese's Chips Ahoy cookies, reports the AP . In a July 12 Facebook post , Kelli Travers-Stafford wrote that her daughter Alexi mistakenly ate one of the cookies at a friend's house despite... More »

Southwest Diverts From Policy That's Part of Its 'DNA'

No more peanuts on flights beginning Aug. 1

(Newser) - Get your free peanuts while you can. Beginning Aug. 1, Southwest Airlines will stop serving the complimentary snack offered on flights since the airline's founding in the 1960s, according to a rather wistful Monday statement. "Peanuts forever will be part of Southwest's history and DNA," the... More »

This Could Be a Breakthrough in Treating Peanut Allergies

Study finds success with daily peanut powder capsules

(Newser) - The first treatment to help prevent serious allergic reactions to peanuts may be on the way. A company said Tuesday that its daily capsules of peanut powder helped children build tolerance in a major study, the AP reports. Doctors have been testing daily doses of peanut, contained in a capsule... More »

Moms Can Lower Kid's Peanut Allergy Risk From First Meal

2-step process involves mom eating peanuts while breastfeeding

(Newser) - New moms can lower their child's risk of developing a peanut allergy in the kids' very first meals, according to Canadian researchers. A study in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology suggests that children breastfed by peanut-eating moms are less likely to develop a nut allergy later, reports... More »

Breakthrough in Search for Peanut Allergy Cure

New study found 80% of subjects could still tolerate peanuts 4 years later

(Newser) - Could a cure for peanut allergies be close? Australia's ABC reports that in a new study , 82% of participants saw their peanut allergies cured within the first 18 months of treatment. Four years later, 80% of the participants still showed no signs of an allergy, and 70% passed a... More »

Frat Member Faces Jail Over Peanut Butter Stunt

Police charge him with hazing at Central Michigan University

(Newser) - A Central Michigan University student accused of spreading peanut butter on the face of a passed out teen with a peanut allergy faces jail time over the stunt. Dale Merza, 20, has been charged with misdemeanor hazing and faces up to 93 days in jail and a $1,000 fine... 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 »

710K Hostess Snacks Recalled

Over the potential of undeclared peanut residue

(Newser) - If you have a peanut allergy, you may want to hold off on opening that box of Ding Dongs. Hostess is recalling 710,000 cases of some of its products over undeclared peanut residue they might contain, CBS News reports. In addition to Ding Dongs, the items being recalled include... More »

Restaurateur Gets 6 Years for Curry That Killed Customer

Man had warned staff about peanut allergy

(Newser) - A dishonest, penny-pinching British restaurateur is going to prison for a curry dish that killed a customer . Mohammed Zaman was sentenced to six years after being found guilty of manslaughter by gross negligence and several food-safety offenses in the 2014 death of Paul Wilson, who had a severe allergy to... More »

Restaurateur on Trial Over Deadly Curry

Prosecutors say he subbed in peanuts to save money, never told customers

(Newser) - A most unusual manslaughter trial is unfolding in the UK, one that revolves around "death by curry," as a post at Munchies puts it. Prosecutors accuse restaurant owner Mohammed Zaman of subbing in peanuts for almonds in his ground mix to save money and deliberately concealing the switch... More »

Couple: Son's Peanut Allergy Got Us Booted From Flight

And now they're getting hate mail about it

(Newser) - Kyson and Sara Dana were just trying to make sure their son, Theo, would be safe as they flew from Provo, Utah, back home to Oakland, California, on Monday. They approached a flight attendant on their Allegiant Air flight to mention that the toddler has a peanut allergy. They just... More »

Key to Preventing Peanut Allergies Is ... Peanuts

Results apply to other allergenic foods

(Newser) - A new study has bolstered the case that the key to preventing peanut allergies in kids is to feed kids peanuts. A study conducted last year found that babies who were fed "peanut butter mush" were 80% less likely to develop a peanut allergy by age 5, NPR reports.... More »

Teen Dies After Eating Peanut Butter S'more

Simon Katz, who had severe allergy, went into anaphylactic shock

(Newser) - One of Simon Katz's favorite treats was a s'more, which is probably why he dove into the dessert without hesitation in the parking lot of his Colorado school during a homecoming bonfire on Monday. The decision cost him his life. Simon, who had a severe peanut allergy, had... More »

To Stave Off Peanut Allergies, Give Babies Peanuts

Pediatricians group recommends exposing kids to nuts before they turn 1

(Newser) - A pediatricians' group is recommending that infants at high risk of peanut allergies be given foods containing peanuts before they turn 1. The interim guidance is in response to a major allergy study published earlier this year that found that exposure to peanuts in infancy seemed to help build tolerance—... More »

Why Your Kid's Asthma Might Mask a Peanut Allergy

Study: 10% of children with asthma have peanut sensitivity

(Newser) - To an asthma sufferer, a fit of wheezing and coughing probably seems like your average asthma attack. A new study, however, suggests shortness of breath and other symptoms linked to asthma might actually indicate a peanut allergy. After analyzing the records of 1,517 children with asthma at an Ohio... More »

After Blood Transfusion, Boy Allergic to Peanuts

And fish, in 'extremely rare' case

(Newser) - An 8-year-old boy in Canada never had any problems eating salmon or peanuts. Then, within just a few weeks of getting a blood transfusion as part of his treatment for brain cancer, he ate salmon and experienced a severe allergic reaction within 10 minutes. The same thing happened when he... More »

Study: You Should Be Feeding Your Baby Peanuts

Study on infants a game changer, experts say

(Newser) - The steep rise in peanut allergies in recent years may have been caused by parents deciding not to feed their children peanuts, according to a new study that the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases says has "the potential to transform how we approach food... More »

Scientists Take Big Step Toward Peanut Allergy Cure

Study sees 80% of sufferers improved

(Newser) - As many as three million Americans may be allergic to peanuts, the Huffington Post has reported, with one study suggesting that the number of kids with the allergy doubled between 1997 and 2002. But those who are affected may have a reason to smile: A new study could point the... More »

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