Science: Ticks are more likely to cause red meat allergies than we thought

We like to imagine that being bitten by a bug will give us cool, arachnid-based super powers — not food allergies.

But evidence has shown bites from certain species of ticks can lead to a temporary allergy to alpha-gal, a sugar found in red meats like beef, lamb and pork. Scientists have said that the […]

Study: Almost 8% of U.S. children have food allergies

It’s long been understood that, in the developed world, the number of children with food allergies has been increasing. Now a recent study confirms that in the U.S., approximately 8% of kids have food allergies — a total of more than 5.6 million children.

“Childhood food allergy is a serious issue in the U.S.,” said […]

Did you know? — Cow’s milk allergies

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There are many kinds of milk allergies, and lactose intolerance also affects a great many people around the world. Milk […]

Science: Kids with milk allergies are shorter, lighter than kids with different allergies

Childhood food allergies are a bigger problem than ever in the developed world. Approximately 6% to 8% of kids in the U.S. have a food allergy, and that number has been increasing, according to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.

These food allergic kids face many challenges, from the inconvenient (“What do I […]

Infancy vs. adulthood: When food allergies strike

In a recent interview with food allergy expert Dr. Steve Taylor, Food Safety Magazine noted that U.S. food recalls increased by about 22% in 2016 compared to 2015. A large number of recalls were due to undeclared allergens.

Allergies themselves are on the rise as well, at least in the developed world. And while most […]

Farm animals help prevent asthma and allergies in kids, study finds

In the past, we’ve talked about how household pets can lead to healthier babies. But cats and dogs aren’t the only animals linked to better health in youngsters. New evidence from researchers in Switzerland suggests that interaction with farm animals can help prevent asthma and allergies.

“Early childhood contact with animals, and the consumption of […]

As food allergies rise, researchers dig deeper

A group of medical researchers are taking a new approach to examining food allergy patterns in the United States.

Instead of using traditional methods to learn about people with food allergies, the team has undertaken the monumental task of analyzing the medical records of a whopping 2.7 million patients.

“Recent reports suggest that food allergies […]

Researchers suggest tree nut allergies may be diagnosed too freely

Are tree nut allergies holding you back from enjoying some salty snacks? Well, a new study suggests that the common practice of telling patients allergic to one tree nut to avoid all other tree nuts may not be necessary.

The study, published by the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI), found that many […]

Could food allergies be linked to a common food additive?

A researcher from Michigan State University has discovered that a common food additive may be linked to a rise in food allergies.

Cheryl Rockwell, an assistant professor of pharmacology and toxicology in the College of Human Medicine, began studying the possible link between the synthetic food additive tert-butylhydroquinone, or tBHQ, and food allergies nine years […]

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 […]