December 27, 2005 |
The doctors and scientists streaming into the booth at the allergists' convention were amazed at what the middle-schoolers had wrought. The concept captivated them. It was a handheld scanner that could instantly translate confusing food labels to reveal potentially dangerous ingredients. For the 11 million Americans with sometimes lethal food allergies, it could prevent injury or even death. That it was invented by a bunch of kids barely into their teens only fueled the fascination last month for the annual meeting of the American College of Asthma, Allergy and Immunology.
March 30, 2009 |
Prominently displayed in every classroom in the House at Pooh Corner in Germantown is this chart: Ben: peanuts Audrey: blueberries and strawberries Marley: squash Mateo: fava beans Tahir: seafood Elie, Lola, Raj, Solveig, Zuri: dairy Elise: milk, soy Sarah: eggs These are the reported food allergies of 12 out of 55 Pooh preschoolers. "This is a relatively new phenomenon," says Teri DiCesare, owner and director of Child's Conceptions Day Care Center, which operates Pooh.
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.
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.
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.
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.
October 16, 2014 |
For Jean Kintisch of Wayne, Halloween can be a scary time of year - and not in an exciting, haunted-house kind of way. That's because her youngest daughter has nut allergies that make trick-or-treating a potentially life-threatening activity. This year, though, Kintisch may feel a little less frightened, thanks to a campaign called the Teal Pumpkin Project that invites people to display a teal-painted pumpkin or a printable flier to notify trick-or-treaters that nonfood treats such as stickers or crayons are available.
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.