This page is focused on recent articles or news stories that are top of mind to Caroline and others in the Food Allergy Community. These links are specific to what Caroline is discussing at the moment and thinking about most. Caroline will update this page regularly so you can stay informed on which news stories are making headlines.
Enjoy - and be sure check back next week to see what's trending here!
This Allergic Living article written by Patrick Bennett explains how a woman developed a dairy allergy after using a skin cream that contained goat milk as an ingredient! From what I can see, the problem happened after putting lotion on "broken" skin, and what Patrick Bennett recommends for those with eczema to avoid this potential problem. Read the interesting story for yourself!
Many people don't realize that peanut butter is sometimes used as a thickener in sauces, such as enchilada sauce. While I wish this didn't happen, I truly appreciate when restaurants add this Food Allergy warning across their menus so their patrons can stay safe! I am attaching my article, Panic at the Potluck, where I also mention a few other ways to beware that allergens can be hidden in foods! ALWAYS ask about the ingredients- specifically your allergens- even if it sounds unlikely!
This Allergic Living article, written by Jennifer Goodwin, explains the tragic events that unfolded when Celebrity Chef, Michael Chiarello, passed away from an anaphylactic reaction. This is terrifying because he had no known allergies and it is unknown what caused the reaction. This article discusses Michael Chiarello's legacy and how adult allergies are on the rise, and some risks associated with adults developing allergies.
This Allergic Living article written by Wendy Mondello explains the heartbreaking story where a college freshman was served his food allergen in his college cafeteria. I have a son who is going to college later this year and this is my worst nightmare! I hope this case ends up resulting in all colleges taking cross-contamination seriously to prevent another devastating loss like this one. Heartbreaking!
I normally post news stories and specific articles here, but there were so many great ideas for a Healthy Home on Allergic Living's website, I couldn't pick just one! This link will take you to Allergic Living's page that shares multiple articles about removing allergens from your home... whether you are buying, renting, building your own house or just cleaning! A great resource, in my opinion!
A while back I wrote an article over some of the positive aspects of Food Allergies. Well, there may be more good news! This News Wire article shared by Snack Safely reports that people with Food Allergies are less likely to become infected by Covid-19 than other groups! (And you can find my article link over the positive side of food allergies under the Caroline Fleur section of this webpage)
This Allergic Living article, written by Jennifer Goodwin, explains the circumstances of an odd case of anaphylaxis. The individual fell while skateboarding and scraped her leg on a road that was covered with pollen. A severe reaction followed- click link to read all the details of this unusual case.
Allergic Living's March newsletter shared several allergy-friendly treat ideas for Easter and Passover - think chocolate Easter bunnies, fruit snacks, lollypops, etc. I think many of these treats are great ideas to enjoy throughout summer as well!
I am proud of Southwest Airlines for reconsidering their decision! Beginning December 15th, they will once again allow people with nut allergies to pre-board the plane to wipe down the seats. Food Allergy Advocate groups are asking Southwest to allow pre-boarding for ALL food allergies, not just nuts. Read this Allergic Living article, written by Wendy Mondello, for more details!
I was very surprised to learn I had been quoted in this article from www.simpleflying.com by Steven Walker. The article summarizes how Southwest changed their pre-boarding policy to no longer include people with food allergies. Now people with allergies must wait to board after the A group!
Read this Allergic Living article by Wendy Mondello giving us her summary of the survey. I think we all could have guessed anxiety was a problem for those flying with food allergies - and their parents- but 98%? Read the interesting details here!
This Snack Safely article was written by Dave Bloom. He explains research that shows this Epinephrine film placed under the tongue may be outperforming the Epi-pen in clinical studies! It would be a game changer to have an Epi treatment that works well and doesn't involve a needle!
This Allergic Living article was written by Jennifer Goodwin. This article explains a new peanut allergy blood test that uses Epitope mapping for a more accurate test that also specifies the severity/sensitivity of the allergy as well!
This Snack Safely article was written by Dave Bloom. Dave explains how a man with no previous food allergies developed a severe peanut allergy after receiving a lung transplant from a donor who was allergic to peanuts. This is something hospitals can know to be prepared for and monitor in future organ donations!
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