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Misleading allergy labelling puts lives at risk

Credit: Shutterstock/Goksi Failing to declare allergens on food labels is a breach of regulations and can put lives at risk. The law relating to allergen labels was changed recently to reduce the risks to consumers. But recent cases of flawed and misleading food labelling, sometimes involving major supermarkets, have called …

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Breaking news on penicillin allergy

At some point you may have had a reaction to penicillin and were told you were allergic. And there’s a good chance it has stayed in your chart throughout your childhood and into adulthood. But 9 of 10 Americans who think they have a penicillin allergy have either outgrown it …

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Researchers estimate 17% of food-allergic children have sesame allergy

Sesame seeds Credit: NIAID Investigators at the National Institutes of Health have found that sesame allergy is common among children with other food allergies, occurring in an estimated 17% of this population. In addition, the scientists have found that sesame antibody testing—whose utility has been controversial—accurately predicts whether a child …

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Health experts back treatment for kids with peanut allergy

Credit: CC0 Public Domain Government health experts are urging approval of a treatment for children with life-threatening peanut allergies. The daily medication is designed to build up children’s tolerance to peanuts and reduce dangerous allergic reactions. Currently there are no medical treatments for the condition. The panel of advisers to …

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Sesame allergy is more common than previously known

Credit: CC0 Public Domain Sesame allergy affects more than 1 million children and adults in the U.S., more than previously known, reports a new Northwestern Medicine study. But sesame labeling is currently not required by law as are the other top eight allergens like peanut and milk, and is often …

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Heartburn drugs might bring allergy woes

(HealthDay)—There are numerous drugs to treat digestive woes caused by heartburn or stomach ulcers. But solving one health problem may be causing another. New research from Austria found that people who use drugs that suppress stomach acid were almost twice as likely to need drugs to control allergy symptoms. And …

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