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Early detection could limit nerve damage for diabetics

DEBILITATING nerve damage that affects as many as half the country’s diabetes sufferers could be arrested with early detection, according to a world-first trial at the Prince of Wales Hospital.

Dr Arun Krishnan, a neurologist at the hospital and the study’s lead author, believes nerve excitability testing could be used to detect neuropathy in people before any outward signs of damage are exhibited.

He believes that treatments used only in more advanced cases of neuropathy could be effective in these early cases, although they are not used currently because the nerve damage is as yet undiagnosed.

Making Summer Camp Safe for Kids With Food Allergies

By Child Development Institute on Jul 6, 2011

Food allergies don’t have to leave your child in the cold when it comes to summer camp. You can help them stay safe and healthy with a few simple tips. For parents, there are a few questions to ask.

Summer is about having fun and taking a break from school. For parents, it can mean finding a way to entertain their kids. One alternative is summer camp.

Whether your child chooses a day camp or an overnight camp, if they suffer from food allergies you have a valid concern about the safety of the camp. Here are a few questions to ask of the staff and administration of the camp before signing your child up.

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Medical ID Bracelets Help Parents and Children Cope With Food Allergies

PHILADELPHIA, June 30, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Food allergies don’t just cause a rash or a stomach ache. For some, it’s a life-threatening reaction, and that number is on the rise.

Researchers found that 1 in 12 children are affected by some form of food allergy; 40% of those suffering have a history of severe reactions, according to the journal Pediatrics. The study found that the most common food allergies were peanuts, milk and shellfish.

For parents of children with food allergies, just sending their child to school catapults a fury of anxiety: Will the teacher remember? What if they serve snacks? Do the other children understand? What if they get too close to something in the cafeteria lunches? There’s also the added sense of embarrassment for children and especially teenagers suffering food allergies.

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Calls for kidney disease screening program

The number of Australian children with type 1 diabetes is already high by international standards, but the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare estimates the number will jump a further 10 per cent by 2013.

The findings come amid calls for annual kidney screening tests to pick up the early signs of kidney disease helping those with type 2 or adult-onset diabetes.

Australian children to the age of 14 already have an unenviable rate of type 1 diabetes. In 2008, 138 children per 100,000 were counted as having the disease.

AIHW spokeswoman Anne-Marie Waters says the situation is going to get worse.

“We’ve also projected the prevalence to 2013 and predicted that it will rise by about 10 per cent by that time, so the rates we are predicting will actually rise from about 140 cases per 100,000 children to about 153 cases per 100,000 children,” she said.

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Starting solid foods BEFORE four months could cut risk of peanut allergy

Parents who feed their infants solid foods or cow’s milk before the age of four months could put them at lower risk for peanut allergy, according to a new study.

Researchers said introducing solids early on could ‘kick-start’ the immune system, making children with a family history of allergies about five times less likely to develop sensitivity.

In contrast, experts generally recommend mothers breastfeed infants for the first six months because it is the best form of nutrition.

The study, published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology last month, was conducted on 594 children, whose mothers were interviewed about feeding practices when they were one, six, and 12 months old.

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Australia ‘on verge of allergy epidemic’

An allergy expert says Australian children have the highest recorded rate of food allergies in the world and warns the statistics could translate into a wave of chronic diseases.

An Australian study involving 5,000 infants has found one in 10 has a food allergy, with the highest rates found among children in Melbourne.

Immunologist Professor Katie Allen from the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute conducted the study.

“We gave the food to the child to see where they had objective reactions of an allergy, and 10 per cent of those children did demonstrate food allergies,” she said.

“We don’t want to be proud to be setting records, but there’s absolutely no doubt that’s the highest rate yet published in the world.”

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European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (EAACI) / EAACI: 17 million Europeans allergic to food; allergies in children doubled in the last 10 years Processed and transmitted by Thomson Reuters. The issuer is solely responsible for the content of this announcement. Zurich/Venice, 17 February 2011 – About 17 million people in Europe suffer from food allergies, with 3.5 million younger than 25 years.

Allergies in children between 0 and 5 have doubled over the last ten years and access to the emergency room for severe anaphylactic reactions has increased seven-fold. There are millions of people in Europe for whom even going to the restaurant can be fatal, if the sauce has a bit of cheese or the dessert has traces of hazelnuts. This burden is particularly heavy for children, whose normally active and sociable lifestyle can be severely limited and frustrated for the effort to keep them away from potentially dangerous food. Prevalence of allergies in children changes within Europe, with rates ranging from 1.7 percent in Greece to 4 percent in Italy and Spain, to over 5 percent in France, UK, Netherlands and Germany.


Peanut allergy diagnoses ‘higher in boys’

Boys are more likely to be diagnosed with a peanut allergy than girls, research has found.

The study in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology by Edinburgh University researchers analysed 2005 data from over 400 English GP practices.

Children from higher income homes also appeared more likely to be diagnosed.

However, a leading allergy expert said that “inequality of access” to health care could be the reason.

The researchers looked at data on peanut allergies actually diagnosed by a doctor, rather than the actual incidence amongst a population.

The records of a total of nearly three million patients were examined.

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Study: Child Food Allergies Hereditary

A new study by the University of Oulu suggests that children of allergic parents face a three times greater risk for developing food allergies. This is the first time a hereditary link has been established.

One parent’s food allergy doubles the likelihood that a child will develop allergic reactions to certain foods.

“Our research concluded that the more different types of allergies parents have, the likelier it is for children to be diagnosed with food allergies by the age of four,” says researcher Kaisa Pyrhönen.

Symptoms usually begin developing during the first year of life.

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