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One Small Pretzel Results in $29.5M Jury Verdict
One Small Pretzel Turned
Her Into a Quadriplegic
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One Small Pretzel Turned Her Into a Quadriplegic

Chantel Giacalone awarded $29.5M after suffering brain damage from allergy

(Newser) - A model and aspiring actress who suffered severe brain damage because of a bite-size pretzel has been awarded $29.5 million by a jury, reports the Las Vegas Review-Journal . Chantel Giacalone, then 27, was in Vegas at a convention in 2013 when a friend brought her a frozen yogurt with...

Health Worker Hospitalized After Rare Vaccine Reaction

Alaska worker 'encouraged the rest of us to press on'

(Newser) - As thousands of healthcare workers across the US receive the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine, the first serious reaction has been reported. Authorities say a middle-aged worker in Alaska was hospitalized Tuesday after a rare allergic reaction, the New York Times reports. Two National Health Service workers in Britain also had severe...

Doctors Warn of Odd Malady: 'Feather Duvet Lung'

Scottish man now clear of the form of hypersensitivity pneumonitis

(Newser) - While US doctors are raising the alarm about lung scarring caused by vaping, medical experts in Scotland are warning about lung scarring caused by … feather duvets. A case study published Monday in BMJ Case Reports describes a 43-year-old non-smoker who suffered three months of "malaise, fatigue, and breathlessness"...

Teen Who Died From Sandwich Had Warned Eatery's Staff

Family of Owen Carey pushes for law listing allergens on menus after sandwich killed him

(Newser) - When Owen Carey ordered a grilled chicken sandwich from the O2 Arena's Byron burger joint for his 18th birthday meal, the dish was listed on the menu as containing chicken, lettuce, tomato, onion, pickles, and "Byron sauce." What it didn't list was the buttermilk the chicken...

Delta Flight Attendants: Uniforms Causing Big Issues

Joining their American Airlines counterparts, Delta staffers say new garb causes rashes, hair loss

(Newser) - American Airlines has already pumped more than $1 million into toxicological tests to see why its recently introduced flight attendant uniforms are causing what appear to be allergic reactions . Now Delta is joining the itchy fray, with that airline's flight attendants saying their own uniforms have been leading to...

Cops: Boy May Have Died After Breathing In Fish Smell

11-year-old from Brooklyn seems to have suffered allergic reaction as family cooked New Year's meal

(Newser) - Authorities are trying to figure out what caused the death of a Brooklyn boy, and it may be tied to a rare allergic reaction. The New York Post and New York Daily News report that the 11-year-old, named Camron Jean-Pierre or Camron Jean-Paul, got sick Tuesday evening while at home...

Pret a Manger: Allergic Reaction Killed a 2nd Person

UK sandwich shop says customer died after eating dairy-free sandwich that contained ... dairy

(Newser) - British restaurant chain Pret a Manger says a second customer has died after eating a sandwich containing an allergen that was not noted on the label, reports the AP . The coffee-and-sandwich business said an investigation was underway into the second case, in which a customer died December 27 after eating...

Coroner Doles Out Blame in Death of Girl Who Ate Baguette

He found Pret a Manger's labeling inadequate

(Newser) - The 15-year-old who died after eating an artichoke, olive, and tapenade baguette from the Pret a Manger sandwich shop at London's Heathrow Airport died because a key ingredient was not listed. The coroner in the case calls the allergy labeling inadequate, saying Natasha Ednan-Laperouse was "reassured" by the...

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...

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...

Pharmacist Credited With Saving Customer's Life

Mark Davey was having an allergic reaction when he rushed into a CVS

(Newser) - “I was scared," Mark Davey tells CBS Chicago . "I thought, 'This is how I go.'" The 57-year-old was eating lunch last month when his tongue started swelling up. Davey had never had an allergic reaction to food before, but he knew it was about...

A Drink Is Making People Sick, and Algae Might Be Why

The latest dispatch from the Soylent saga

(Newser) - Over the past several months, a tiny fraction of consumers of a meal replacement powder and energy bar put out by the company Soylent have complained of pretty adverse digestive reactions , including vomiting and uncontrollable diarrhea. Since 2013 the Silicon Valley startup has been producing its nutrient-dense, just-add-water powder—"...

A Bite of Salmon Put Him in a Coma. The Waiter Was Arrested

A criminal negligence charge could be the first ever made against a server in Canada

(Newser) - When Quebec resident Simon-Pierre Canuel went to dinner at Le Tapageur restaurant with his partner in late May, he ordered beef tartare and says he repeatedly told their server that he is allergic to seafood. But when he began to eat he quickly realized he'd gotten the salmon tartare...

Fire Ants Kill Woman Planning Mom's Funeral

Such a death is rare in Alabama

(Newser) - Kalyn Rolan's mother died on May 19. Less than 24 hours later, Rolan was dead, too. In what WSFA calls "a story so tragic, it's almost hard to believe," Rolan, 29, was in Selma, Ala., making funeral arrangements when she was attacked by fire ants as...

Mom: As Son With Allergies Is Taken Off Plane, Cruel Clapping

Flight was delayed 90 minutes

(Newser) - The bucket list trip was all about making memories—just not the kind a Phoenix family is now stuck with. Terminal cancer patient George Alvarado brought his wife, Christina Fabian, and 7-year-old son, Giovanni, to Bellingham, Wash., to visit family. But when they boarded an Allegiant Airlines flight back to...

Study Offers Clue to Why Female Allergies Are Worse

Estrogen could be to blame for more severe allergic reactions

(Newser) - Studies have shown that women tend to suffer more severe allergic reactions than men, and now researchers may have uncovered a clue as to why. A study out of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases finds that in mice, estrogen "enhances the levels and activity" of an...

Mystery Allergic Reaction Kills Girl, 11, on Vacation

After fewer than 15 minutes in pool, Paige Warner complained of stinging nose

(Newser) - On Thanksgiving Day, Paige Warner and her family flew to Honolulu for the 11-year-old's first trip to Hawaii. She "was so excited," recounts mom Karin Carpenter, who explains that after a holiday dinner of white rice and soy sauce—Paige had "extensive" food allergies—her daughter...

Teen 'Burns From Inside Out' After Allergic Reaction
Teen 'Burns From Inside Out' After Allergic Reaction
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Teen 'Burns From Inside Out' After Allergic Reaction

Doctor says 65% of Yaasmeen Castanada's skin is affected

(Newser) - In a case both bizarre and horrifying, a 19-year-old California woman is burning from the inside out. How that's possible: an allergic reaction. Yaasmeen Castanada, a 19-year-old Cal State LA sophomore and mother to a 4-month-old, was battling a sore throat on Thanksgiving, so she took a friend's...

FDA: Acne Meds Can Cause Life-Threatening Reactions

Warning issued for over-the-counter products

(Newser) - In rare cases, common over-the-counter acne products can cause severe and sometimes life-threatening allergic reactions, the FDA warns. Reactions include shortness of breath, fainting, and collapse, and almost half of those who reported severe symptoms required hospitalization, reports USA Today . The agency says it has had only 131 cases of...

Wife Allergic to Husband's Sperm Plans to Adopt

Couple discover wife has rare condition on wedding night

(Newser) - A Pennsylvania couple's wedding night—and their plans to have children—were ruined when the new wife discovered she was allergic to his sperm. Julie and Mike Boyde had had sex before, but had used protection until that night, when she found herself in excruciating pain. She was diagnosed with...

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