November 18, 1991 |
When Annette Girsh started getting migraine headaches in the 1970s, most doctors would have advised a painkiller and an easy chair. In her case, though, her doctor was also her husband. And her migraines came after munching on chocolate while helping him research one of his many scholarly papers. So, once he determined she was allergic to chocolate, she had a certain leverage. "It was just like Mrs. Gerber asking her husband to mash the baby's peas," says her husband, Leonard S. Girsh, a Huntingdon Valley allergist and immunologist.
September 21, 2012
By Jessica Braun I realized that I had lost control of my life when I couldn't eat the lasagna. I started dieting around ninth grade. I have been in The Zone, eaten a Big Mac sans bun, and squeezed many lemons into my magical maple syrup-cayenne pepper elixir. I can recite the foods most beneficial to my blood type (liver, mutton, beet leaves) and can say with certainty that saving all your Weight Watcher points for a six-pack of Miller Light (18 points) instead of food never ends well.
August 10, 2014 |
Eat a piece of bread and feel bad on your run the next day? If you're blaming gluten, you're not the only one - and you may be pointing the finger in the wrong direction. In a study recently published in the International Journal of Sports Nutrition & Exercise Metabolism, 910 athletes, including 18 world champion and/or Olympic medalists, were surveyed about their eating habits. Forty-one percent follow a gluten-free diet 50 percent to 100 percent of the time. Fifty-seven percent self-diagnosed a gluten sensitivity.
July 5, 2014 |
The Pennsylvania House unanimously passed a bill this week extending insurance coverage of amino-acid-based liquid nutrition formulas to children with severe food allergies. The sponsor, Rep. Daniel Truitt (R., Chester), said he hoped for Senate passage in the fall. An estimated 450 infants and children in Pennsylvania cannot eat conventional foods because of food-protein allergies. They require the elemental liquid formulas, which must be prescribed by a physician and cost about $5,000 a year.
December 2, 2007 |
What would the season of turkey, jingle, dreidel and Kwanzaa be without its signature foods? No gobble gobble. No gingerbread cookies. No latkes. No sweet-potato pie. The holiday police would have grounds for an arrest. But some families would have no choice but to surrender. When the children have food allergies, holidays that are heavily defined by communal dining and sweet confections create a real challenge. Parents striving to maintain the spirit of the holidays - safely - have a place to turn thanks to Lynda Mitchell, of Plumstead.
April 8, 1990 |
FOOD ALLERGIES Is someone in your family allergic to milk? Don't automatically trust products labeled "non-dairy," warn Johns Hopkins University allergy specialists. They say that such foods may not be completely milk-free. Three children with cow's-milk hypersensitivity developed acute allergic reactions after eating tofu- and rice-based frozen deserts, made in dairy processing plants and contaminated with milk, and one child reacted to a hot dog, which contained hydrolized sodium caseinate - a milk derivative not listed on the label.
June 16, 2013
By Dr. Christopher C. Chang, a pediatric allergist at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and Alfred I. du Pont Hospital for Children, in Wilmington. Children born outside the United States have significantly lower odds of developing allergic disorders, including asthma, eczema, hay fever, and food allergies, researchers reported recently. Their study, in JAMA Pediatrics, also found that kids born outside the U.S. who have lived here longer than 10 years had significantly higher odds of developing any allergic disorders, including eczema and hay fever, than those who resided here for only 0 to 2 years.
August 2, 1996 |
"Going with the flow" is more than an expression in Jeffrey's life. His foster mother says it describes his compelling interest in movable things. He watches the water flowing out of the spigot in the sink, laughs out loud as water flows off his chest in the shower, and takes a handful of beads and watches them flow in a stream off the palm of his hand. He pulls up long blades of grass so he can watch them being lifted by the wind blowing away. It's all part of the flow that fascinates Jeffrey.
November 27, 1996 |
It was lunchtime at K.D. Markley School in Malvern, probably the most dangerous time of the day for 6-year-old Leslie Drinkwater. For Leslie, some foods are poison. One of them is peanut butter, the staple of elementary-school lunch bags. Leslie is deathly allergic to it, so allergic that her doctors say she shouldn't even smell it. She's also allergic to eggs. To further complicate things, a rare metabolic defect makes anything containing fructose - a common form of sugar - a killer for her. Her parents and the school have gone to extraordinary lengths to make Leslie's cafeteria visits safe.
August 4, 2014 |
I CALLED Pittsburgh pediatrician Lidia Turzai after the state House of Representatives canceled the vote on a new cigarette tax for Philly. "The office is now closed," went the recorded message for Dr. Turzai's large Pittsburgh practice. "If this is an emergency, hang up and call 9-1-1. " Hell, yeah, it was an emergency, except the cops wouldn't be of any help. Because it would be illegal for them to knock sense into the heads of Dr. Turzai's husband, state House Majority Leader Michael Turzai, and House Speaker Sam Smith.