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Food Allergies in the Media

August 2008

Food Allergies - New Checklist Helps Parents, School Staff By American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology. Read More ...

Back to School With Food Allergies Means Depending on Your PALs In the school setting, avoiding food allergens can be difficult because they're everywhere -- in the cafeteria, on the playground, in the classroom. Food is used in class celebrations, for art projects, as a reward for good behavior, and in math and science lessons. But if everyone learns how to Be a PAL: Protect A Life(TM) From Food Allergies, we can keep these children safe. Read More . . .

Students With Food Allergies Often Not Prepared ScienceDaily (Aug. 6, 2008) — College students with food allergies aren't avoiding the foods they know they shouldn't eat. Students of all ages are not treated with potentially life-saving epinephrine as often as they should be. And instructors, roommates and friends often are not aware of what to do if a food-allergic student has a reaction. Read More . . .

Eating Out With Food Allergies: Living With Food Allergies, Families Call for Safer Restaurants. . . Loria said most children do outgrow their food allergies, but severe allergic reactions can set them back in that effort. For those that do not outgrow them, he cautioned that it's unrealistic to think they would go from kindergarten through high school without having an allergic reaction that calls for them to use their epipens. Loria said medical professionals need to have a very low threshold for giving a child an epipen. "Most of the times if you think the word epipen, it means you should use it," he said. Read More . . .

Modifying the Restaurant Menu . . .most working chefs typically choose a Sunday, Monday or Tuesday to take off. Those days are a crap shoot, in my opinion, for fussy eaters getting a truthful story on how their food has been crafted. That means a line cook may lie to an inquisitive server or not have patience with them while they go through a litany of questions. Read More . . .

Three year old saves brother's life . . . “I froze when I couldn’t get a pulse,” says Pople. “Then my three-year-old son, Alexander, grabbed his brother’s EpiPen and gave it to him in the thigh as his dad had taught him and screamed for his grandma to call 911.” Read More . . .

July 2008

 

Newsreader Kate Silverton: I was nearly killed by a prawn salad . . . The last time Kate ate prawns was 10 years ago. That time, she developed a only mild reaction. Read More

BBC newsreader Kate Silverton: 'I thought an allergic reaction to a prawn salad would kill me' . . . Tests later confirmed Miss Silverton is allergic to seafood, and she now carries two EpiPens at all times. Read more

Speaking Up About Food Allergies To Save Your Life
by   Sloane Miller
Did you hear about this scary story: a 35-year-old man died of a shellfish allergy at a Ruby Tuesday restaurant in Georgia. Rodney "Krook" Hawkins' wife, Linda, disputes the Maryville, Tenn.-based chain's account, saying -- through a family representative -- that her husband did not order the Chicken Oscar entree , which contains crab meat. Mr. Hawkins, 35, collapsed and went into anaphylactic shock . . . Read More...

Half of kids with peanut allergy don't have Epi-Pen
Children with peanut allergies may run the risk of not receiving life-saving treatment for a severe allergic reaction called anaphylaxis because they don't have their epinephrine autoinjector with them at school, Canadian researchers report. Read More . . .

 

Man's death a stark reminder of food allergy risks
HeraldNet - Everett,WA,USA
This is a very sad story about the death of a 30-year-old man who "As an adult ... decided not to carry one [epipen] with him, ... instead trying to be vigilant about what he was eating and having an over-the-counter allergy medicine close at hand."

June 2008

Trace Adkins Named Honorary Chair of Food Allergy Walk: Trace Adkins will serve as the national honorary chair of the 2008 Walk for Food Allergy event which will be held in 26 cities in the fall, as well as online. Adkins became involved with the Food Allergy & Anaphalaxis Network (FAAN) after one of his daughters was diagnosed with an allergy to peanuts. Read More . . .

 

April 2008

Teen plans event to highlight food allergies: Adam Rubinstein, 13, wants to make a difference in the life of his brother Jason, 16, and the approximately 12 million other people who are afflicted with severe food allergies that can become life threatening. Read more...

Felony 'Peanut' Charge Sparks Debate: An eighth-grader in Lexington, Ky., was arrested Sunday on felony wanton endangerment charges for allegedly putting peanut butter cookie crumbs in the lunch box of a classmate with a severe peanut allergy. (ABCNEWS) Read more. . .

Teen plans April 27 event to highlight food allergies - A Freehold teen is making FAAN the special charity project for his bar mitzvah. He is planning a local walk to raise money for FAAN. Adam;s brother has severe food allergies. Read more . . .

Buy Trace Adkins Song, Proceeds Benefit FAAN -Download country music sensation Trace Adkins’ live recording of the hit single “You’re Gonna Miss This” from iTunes between March 27 and April 10, 2008 to support the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network.

Vote for Trace Adkins for 2008 CMT Music Awards

March 2008


Food Allergies Hit the Music Charts - Food allergy advocacy groups often struggle to be noticed. Except for families who have a child with a life-threatening allergy to peanuts or another food, most people don’t worry much about the issue. But now the problem of food allergies is in the national spotlight, thanks to country music star Trace Adkins, who last week ended a stint on Donald Trump’s popular NBC program “The Celebrity Apprentice.” NY Times, March 31. Read more ...

 

February 2008

Father pushes to fill school bus safety 'gap' Urges EpiPen training for drivers after son's allergy went untreated
As Michael Chace tells it, during the 15-minute bus ride to school — during which he always sits in the front of the bus — Andrew began to experience an allergic reaction, breaking out in hives. But the bus driver wasn't able to administer any treatment, Chace said. Read More

Worry-Free Dinners is a membership group for anyone (in NYC area) who has manageable food allergies and/or food intolerances and would like to explore restaurants, chefs and foodservice organizations that will offer an exclusive allergy-friendly meal.

Martha Stewart announces the winners of her Big- Idea Bakeoff, which include an allergy-friendly recipe publication.

January 2008

Subway Sued Over Fatal Allergic Reaction

Martha's Big Idea "The big idea is a company-wide competition that gives staff members the opportunity to share their own ideas for the future of martha stewart living omnimedia. I was able to narrow the 40 entries down to 7 finalists...but i just couldn't choose a winner...so i'd like you to help me decide. Here's a summary of the proposals from our 2008 big idea finalists!"
Visit Martha Stewart's Blog and scroll down the page to vote for a special publication catering to those with food allergies and sensitivities.

Martha Stewart Show to Feature Segment on Baking for People with Food Allergies On Jan. 29, the Martha Stewart Show will Feature Lori Sandler and her son, Benjamin, baking Divvies allergen-safe cupcakes. full story...

Trace Adkins Heartbroken by Daughter’s Food Allergy “It’s heartbreaking,” he continues. “My wife and I are brought to tears regularly because Brianna can’t go to her little friends’ birthday parties and have cake and ice cream and everything that they get to have. We can’t really go out and have a meal anymore, because people at restaurants just aren’t aware enough of the severity of it and what it takes to cause a reaction. full story...

Disney Exec Named Chairman of FAAN Press Release

"Everyone's Gone Nuts" -- A doctor responds to the Harper's Magazine article. This month's Harper's magazine features an article written by Meredith Broussard, called "Everyone's Gone Nuts: The Exaggerated Threat of Food Allergies." Pretty inflammatory title to any of us with food allergies or the parent of a food allergic child... I turned to a friend and pediatric allergist Dr. Mike Pistiner to help me sort through fact and fiction. full story...

 

 

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