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January 23, 2006 | Rosie Mestel
Starting Jan. 1, food labels must also state, in plain English, whether the item contains any of eight foods that are behind 90% of the known food allergies suffered by an estimated 11 million Americans -- milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, fish, shellfish, soy and wheat. The change is the result of the Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act, passed by Congress in 2004, and is aimed at clarifying which foods contain potentially dangerous substances.
September 5, 2010 | By Lori Grossman, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Traveling can be tough enough, but if you or other family members suffer from food allergies, hitting the road can be a nightmare. About 4% of adults and up to 8% of children younger than 4 have allergies to various foods and additives, according to the Mayo Clinic, so planning is key. Here are some ways you can cope: Be prepared: Take extra doses of self-injectable epinephrine and antihistamines. If you're flying, carry a signed letter from your physician explaining the need for the medication and have your pharmacy's label on the bottle or box. Call the airline: If you or someone in your family has a peanut allergy, ask about peanut-free flights.
July 19, 2012 | By Rosie Mestel, Los Angeles Times
Kids with egg allergies can often recover, scientists have found - by eating eggs, strange as that may sound. (Note: The experiment we're about to describe was done under carefully controlled conditions. Do not try this at home with your child.) The study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine , was based on the following idea: Maybe the overblown immune reactions behind allergies could be eliminated by feeding patients a little, then a little more, then even more, of the offending food -- until the immune system gets desensitized and doesn't react to it any more.
January 15, 2011 | By Karen Kaplan, Los Angeles Times
What could be healthier for a baby than feeding him nothing but breast milk for the first six months of his life? Not relying exclusively on breast milk for the first six months of life, according to a small group of experts on pediatric health from the United Kingdom. Writing online this week in the British Medical Journal, they question whether it makes sense for parents in developed countries to follow the World Health Organization’s advice to provide six months of exclusive breast feeding.
October 21, 2007
Q: I am throwing a dinner party for my husband's 40th in less than a week, and I have hired a private chef to cook an amazing five-course meal in our home. The menu is set, and each dish is one of my husband's favorites. Yesterday, a friend's wife e-mailed me to say that she is allergic to cow's milk and nuts. She also claims that she is intolerant to gluten and wheat. I know that she's lying because I saw her eating a Gruyere grilled cheese at Campanile last month!
April 12, 2010
Thanks for the article on food allergies ["My Turn: Food allergies are answer to medical mystery,"] April 5. I've been suffering from spontaneous hives for the past 10 years. I take a very powerful antihistamine, which helps, but what I've found to be at the root of this problem is severe allergy to palm oil and sunflower oil, which are added to food and cosmetic products. Many years of wandering aimlessly in the grip of the knowledgeable medical profession wasn't too helpful — except for needing my prescription filled for my antihistamine.
September 2, 2012
How could Christopher Reynolds leave Claire's on Cedros out of his article on San Diego's North County ["More Than Just a Pretty Place," Aug. 19]? I love that restaurant with its eco-friendly construction, its attention to patrons with food allergies, its pet-friendly back patio and its fab food. The article didn't mention how easy it is to get to a lot of these attractions he listed. With the Coaster (coastal rail), the Sprinter (inland rail) and the buses, you don't need a car. Lisa Martinez San Pedro :: Reynolds missed a fabulous place in Escondido that we just discovered: Deer Park Winery & Auto Museum (just off Interstate 15)
As the number of children with life-threatening allergies climbs, the Los Angeles Unified School District is taking a new approach to prevent and respond to serious reactions. One allergy specialist describes the move as a model for the nation, but a legal expert says it could be a liability for the massive district.
December 1, 2012 | Jessica P. Ogilvie
Actress Julie Bowen of "Modern Family" doesn't want other parents to go through what she and her husband did when their toddler experienced a life-threatening allergic reaction that sent him into anaphylactic shock. Her son recovered completely, but the incident inspired Bowen to become an activist in educating the public about kids' allergies. Here, she talks about how parents can prepare themselves for the possibility of such an incident and what she's done to keep her family safe.
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