Israel’s answer to peanut allergies?

In the U.S. it has become commonplace to see food allergy warnings on virtually every food package or restaurant menu. Throughout the nation peanut allergies alone have more than tripled between 1997 and 2008, but the rising occurrence of food allergies is not the same everywhere in the world.

Take Israel, for example, where peanut […]

Could newborns’ blood predict their food allergies?

Why is it that some kids can scarf peanuts by the handful, but a single nut can cause serious problems for others? A new study might be closer to answering this, as research shows kids who develop food allergies already have blood rich in cells that promote a hyperactive immune response when they are born.

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False positives common in siblings of food-allergic children

Parents of a child with a food allergy are often concerned that their other children are at high risk for allergies as well, and oftentimes take them to the doctor to be screened with a blood test or skin prick. A new study, however, is showing that this may not be necessary as siblings have […]

Worms, germs and the answer to preventing allergies?

For more than half a century, the focus of an allergic response has been an antibody, immunoglobulin E (IgE). Upon identification of an allergen, a recent article explains that IgE sends signals to the rest of the immune system leading to activation of a variety of cells, and the rapid onset of symptoms. Without some […]

Strange but true: Girl’s food allergy only activated with exercise

One teenaged girl in Canada may have the best excuse to not exercise after she experienced anaphylaxis from eating rice crackers and hummus and then exercised on her treadmill. According to a recent report, the 17-year-old ran for just 10 minutes before her lips started to swell and she developed puffy eyes, hives, itching and […]

Peanut allergy? There’s a patch for that

Those suffering from peanut allergies may soon find some relief as a new product —similar to a nicotine patch — has been developed to help allergy sufferers significantly increase their peanut tolerance. According to a recent article, the drug, called Viaskin Peanut, recently received special fast-track testing approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration […]

Study links asthma to peanut allergy

A new study suggests that children who have asthma may not realize they also have a peanut allergy, since symptoms for both conditions — including shortness of breath, wheezing, and coughing — are so similar.

According to a recent article, the study looked at the records of 1,500 children from the pediatric respiratory clinic at […]

New, low-allergen soybean developed

Those allergic to soy may now have a new alternative thanks to a group of researchers who have created a low-allergen variety of the food. This variety, named Triple Null, has reduced amounts of the three proteins that are responsible for soy’s allergic properties.

According to an article, this discovery comes after more than a […]

Prevent peanut allergy with peanuts, new study suggests

It’s not nuts. Results from a long-awaited clinical trial are now showing that small children who avoided peanuts for the first five years of their lives were up to seven times more likely to have a peanut allergy than kids who ate peanuts at least three times a week.

These findings have caused the American […]

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For peanut allergy sufferers, relief could be on the way – CBS News About three million Americans are allergic to nuts, and most of them are allergic to peanuts. But relief […]