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New Method to Detect Allergenic Substances in Food?

In # 4: Food allergens in the news by Jennifer1 Comment

As I was doing my weekly scroll through Science Daily, I came across this intriguing article called “Food Allergies: Allergic to Soy?” Now, this might not have been all that captivating to the regular student, but to someone who has a close family member with a soy allergy, I wanted to know more about this new development. The reasoning behind this research is that currently there are very few food products (really only baby food) that are completely hypoallergenic because of the possibility of cross-contamination.  The article states that even though the components of food ingredients that are allergenic can be detected, the exact allergenicity cannot be determined.  However, with the research being done amongst four Fraunhofer Institutes, scientists have helped to solve that problem by developing a method to identify the allergenic components of proteins that are recognized by antibodies in patients.  This components are being called epitopes, and with soy alone, scientists identifies 374 allergy-relevant epitopes.  This group of researchers further used that information to modify soy proteins so that they are less allergenic.  The scientists found success …

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New technology of determine allergy is developing

In # 4: Food allergens in the news, Assigned Posts by YijunLeave a Comment

There are amount of people sent to the hospital because of the allergy. It’s a problem of how to determine the food we eat whether or not have a allergenic potential. I found a science news, which is ‘Food allergies: Allergic to soy‘, talking about use new technology to detect allergenic substances in foods. In the article, it introduce about there have lots of allergenic potential of foods and now we only know a very wide range about it. There is not possible to determine specific allergenicity. They decided to force on allergic to soy first. In the research they found a epitopes in the antibodies in the blood serum in human body. It could identify the allergenic components. Then they use this information to make a new allergy test which just use a drop of blood. For now it still have some problem but it could determine the risk of a soy allergy. The article  not only talk about the research on new allergy test on soy, but also include the information of allergenic foodstuff and the soy proteins. I …

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Early Exposure of Food Allergens To Children

In # 4: Food allergens in the news by CourtneyLeave a Comment

In a recent study, scientists from Imperial College London analyzed research from 146 studies on the effects of feeding babies allergens at a young age. These scientist conducted the largest analysis and study of data on the effect of feeding things such as eggs and peanuts to babies. These studies involved more than 200,000 children. After analyzing the data, they researchers found that feeding babies allergens at a young age may help prevent egg and peanut allergies, the two most common allergies among children. Out of the 16,289 research paper on allergies, 146 were chosen for data analysis. The results showed that children who were feed egg between the ages of four and six months had a 40% reduced risk of allergies to eggs, in comparison to children who were fed egg later in life. In addition, children who ate peanuts between the ages of four and eleven months had a 70% reduced peanut allergy risk, compared to kids who tried peanuts later on in life. They are considering their research, but the UK government is taking this into account. However, …

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The Impact of Food Allergens

In # 4: Food allergens in the news by KayleeLeave a Comment

This is a brief article describing how a company by the name of Before Brands, run by billionaire Ernesto Bertarelli, is giving children allergens at a young age to prevent them from developing an allergy in the future. The author uses the example, if kids are not exposed or introduced to bananas at a young age, those children run the risk of developing a banana allergy when they are older. There was research conducted from a woman by the name of Kari Nadeau, researcher for Center for Allergy and Asthma Research, who studies how genetics and the environment play a role in allergies. She describes how hygienics are valid in this conduction, and how it is a factor early in life. The company is planning to introduce products which reflect this study in kids’ diets starting around 6 months of age, which is around the age when children begin to eat solid foods. The author goes on to explain why Bertarelli, a member of the company biotech, is supporting the fact of using science-based supplements instead of regular medicines to help …

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Review of Shellfish Allergy

In # 4: Food allergens in the news by AmberLeave a Comment

Recently, a comprehensive review of seafood-associated shellfish allergy written by Samanta S. Khora was published in NCBI in July 12th, 2016. The article detailedly elaborated the major reasons for shellfish allergy, the difference between fin fish and shellfish, the types of seafood-associated shellfish, the classification of shellfish, the prevalence and epidemiology of shellfish allergy, the clinical presentations of shellfish allergy, the diagnostic approach including patient’s clinical history, in vivo analysis of skin reactivity, in vitro quantification of specific serum IgE, and the oral provocation, the patient care which was majorly focused on the immunotherapy approach, and the shellfish allergens associated with muscle protein systems. According to Khora’s article, I knew that the shellfish could be diverse and conducted as a major category of seafood system (Khora, 504). People in world while kept consuming shellfish due to its rich and complex nutritional values without knowing that they actually put themselves in dangerous. Nowadays, shellfish was classified as a very common type of food allergy, and it was caused by an over-response of our immune system to a specific protein found in …

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Associating Antibiotic Exposure in Early Life and Higher Food Allergy Risk

In # 4: Food allergens in the news by MaeLeave a Comment

Children often undergo antibiotic treatments to prevent fatal diseases within the first year of life. These treatments have their shortcomings; introduction of such treatments have been linked to the growth in risk of food allergies according to a recent research by the University of South Carolina. The study was published in the Allergy, Asthma & Clinical Immunology Journal.  The team at the South Carolina College of Pharmacy retrieved statistics from South Carolina Medicaid in the year of 2007 to 2009, which indicated that 1,504 children had food allergy of at least one kind while there were also 5,995 other children who were healthy. The only variable separating these children were by the month and year they were born in, their gender and as well as their race and ethnicity. The researchers also revealed that a sum of 9,324 antibiotics were prescribed. Children under antibiotic prescription were 1.21 times more likely to have food allergy when associated with those who had received none. It was shocking to me when the team pulled out figures like children are 1.31 times more likely …

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Food Allergies in the news

In # 4: Food allergens in the news by Luke2 Comments

The Fragile Generation: Food Allergies on the Rise is an article from the New Jersey monthly. In the article, it states that this current generation of kids is experiencing allergies at a much higher frequency than previous generations. According to the 2013 study stated in the article, 1 in every 13 children is allergic to at least one type of food, which is a substantial increase from earlier decades. It also suggests a few possibilities for the sudden increase. This article makes a good point in that the ways we go about everyday life have greatly changed in the last few decades. It also points out the limitations inside of schools that results from so many kids having food allergies.  It points out that parents are responsible for making sure that their children’s lunches comply with school policy but most parents also don’t want to take away some foods, such as pizza, from the other kids just because their kid is allergic to milk and eggs. The point that the article makes about how it is treated in schools shows …

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Allergenic Diets At A Young Age May Not Prevent Food Allergies

In # 4: Food allergens in the news by TannerLeave a Comment

The article that I have researched online, can be found at The Journal Of The American Medical Association I felt that this was very interesting because I know that there are other cases that scientists are researching that states that an allergenic diet at an early age could prevent food allergies. Basically this article states that this could be possible when treating a peanut allergy. It could greatly reduce in infants if they are exposed to it, but it doesn’t seem to be the case when it comes to multiple other allergenic food items.   It is a shame if this can not be solved at a young age, because the price for medications such as epinephrine has increased greatly the last few years and because some allergies can be fatal. I have two friends with a peanut allergy that is extremely dangerous if they were to consume anything containing peanuts. Every time me and those friends go to the store to get groceries, they have to study each item they pick up to see if they contain any peanuts, and you …

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Food Allergies and Early Exposure

In # 4: Food allergens in the news by Rebecca2 Comments

The article, Heads Up, talks about different food allergies among young children, and more specifically it focuses on the affect of early introduction to common food allergens. The study was done in the UK, and consisted of 1,303 babies; all breast fed by their mothers. Half of the babies were exposed to common food allergens early, at the age of 3 months old. The remainders of the babies were exposed at the standard age, 6 months old. The foods that were given to the children consisted of the top food allergens: “peanuts, cooked egg, cow’s milk, sesame, whitefish, and wheat” (Mellis, 850). The study has discovered that introducing your child to these allergens early (at 3 months) did not significantly reduce the rate of proven food allergy in children between the ages of 1-3 years. On the contrary, evidence was found that “there was a difference on the per-protocol analysis however, and specifically for peanut and egg” (850). The difference found was 2.5% of children who were introduced early evolved a food allergy, and 7.3% of those not exposed early …

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Introducing Allergens to Children at a Young Age may Decrease the Chance of Allergies Forming

In # 4: Food allergens in the news by Elizabeth1 Comment

After hearing about this particular study in class last Wednesday, I thought it would fit perfectly into this particular post’s guidelines. According to a 2016 Journal of the American Medical Association study, introducing an infant to certain allergy-inducing foods may decrease their risk of developing an allergy to said food as well as decrease the risk of developing an autoimmune disease. This information is fairly new and is therefore far from being verified. However, in this particular study, several studies were reviewed for information that was related to introducing allergen foods to a young population. These studies checked the infants’ proneness to allergies as well as autoimmune diseases when they received the allergen inducing foods. According to the findings of the studies, the infants showed significant resistance to developing allergies to peanuts and eggs when exposed to said allergens at a young age. I definitely find this information to be incredibly interesting and important, considering that allergies can be incredibly dangerous, especially when they can induce anaphylactic shock. While these studies and experiments are in their early stages, I believe that this …

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Is Gluten free benefits or not?

In # 4: Food allergens in the news by ChunLeave a Comment

It was happened by my side. The food allergy is one of the issue that need our more attention on. A friend of mine, who was suffered from the gluten sensitivity problem, began to diarrhea for several days after she had the corn. And I found a strange phenomenon, if she had enough vegetables and fruits, the symptom would be less. At that time I guess it might be the fiber in those vegetables protect that. To be honest, in China less product in the supermarket would stable if it is the gluten free, it is not easy for the person who have such kind of concern to pick up whatever they like and safe. Like other countries have a lot of cases, in China the public has not been given enough attention to the gluten sensitivity. The logo, because may still in the stage of the popularizing less domestic identification imported pre-packaged food is relatively standardized. Another reason is that the most commonly allergy for adult is the peanut protein allergy and shrimp protein allergy. But I believe in …

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Avoidance Isn’t Always The Answer

In # 4: Food allergens in the news by Ashley1 Comment

Food Allergies are and will continue to be an important topic. The rate of food allergy diagnosis is increasing and people want answers. People want to know more about food allergies so they can help their loved ones. In 2000, the American Academy of Pediatrics released guidelines on prevention of food allergies in infants and the unborn and has been under fire since. The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests avoidance of common allergens for women carrying or nursing a child as well as the child itself until around three years of age. This news became popular and followed by many. The avoidance technique made sense to people. That is why in 2008 when the academy changed its guidelines it was too little, too late. You see, since the guidelines came out, the health world has been studying food allergies like crazy. Most researchers can find little to no evidence to support the American Academy of Pediatrics guidelines. In fact, the article “Avoiding Peanuts to Avoid An Allergy Is A Bad Strategy For Most” by Aaron E. Carroll in the New …

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