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Does Your Child Really Have a Food Allergy?

Posted 24 Jul 2017 by

MONDAY, July 24, 2017 – Many people misunderstand what food allergies are, and even doctors can be confused about how to best diagnose them, suggests a new report from the American Academy of Pediatrics. It's common for people to think they have a food allergy, but the reality may be different, said Dr. Scott Sicherer, the lead author of the AAP report. "If you ask someone on the street if they have a food allergy, there's a good chance they'll say 'yes,' " said Sicherer, who heads pediatric allergy and immunology at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. But a true food allergy involves an immune system reaction against a particular food, he explained. Just because you think a food upsets you, that doesn't mean it's an allergy, Sicherer said. And it's critical to distinguish an allergy from other "adverse reactions" to food, he stressed. "Some people may have an intolerance, such as ... Read more

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Health Tip: Recognizing Symptoms of Lactose Intolerance

Posted 11 Apr 2017 by

-- Lactose intolerance may trigger symptoms such as bloating, gas and diarrhea after you eat or drink dairy products. The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases says lactose intolerance could lead to: Uncomfortable digestive symptoms from being unable to digest lactose. Lack of calcium and vitamin D, triggered by insufficient dairy consumption. Development of osteoporosis, characterized by thinning, brittle bones that may break more easily. Read more

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Cow's Milk Allergy in Childhood May Lead to Weaker Bones: Study

Posted 20 Apr 2016 by

WEDNESDAY, April 20, 2016 – Children who are allergic to cow's milk may have weaker bones than kids with other food allergies, a small study suggests. Cow's milk allergy is the most common childhood food allergy in the United States, affecting up to 3 percent of children, the researchers said. The main treatment is elimination of cow's milk and dairy products – which are major sources of the calcium kids need to build strong bones. This new study detected low bone density in 6 percent of 52 children with a long-term milk allergy. "Prepubertal children with persistent cow's milk allergy have a lower bone mineral density and calcium intake compared with similarly aged children with food allergies other than cow's milk," said study co-author Genevieve Mailhot. She is an associate professor at the CHU Sainte-Justine Research Center at the University of Montreal. The study findings don't ... Read more

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Are the Lactose Intolerant Safer From Some Cancers?

Posted 7 Nov 2014 by

FRIDAY, Nov. 7, 2014 – People who are lactose-intolerant may be less likely to develop certain types of cancer, a new study suggests. And, the researchers suspect the reduced risk may be related to diet. Data for the study included nearly 23,000 people in Sweden with lactose intolerance, as well as members of their families. People with lactose intolerance have difficulty digesting lactose, a sugar found in dairy products, because they have low or no levels of the enzyme lactase which is needed to digest lactose, according to the U.S. National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. The researchers found those who had trouble digesting dairy had lower rates of lung, breast and ovarian cancers than those without lactose intolerance. However, siblings and parents of people with lactose intolerance had the same risk for these cancers as people in the general population, ... Read more

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Milk Allergy Therapy Needs More Research

Posted 19 Jul 2013 by

FRIDAY, July 19 – A treatment in which progressively larger servings of milk are given to children with milk allergies provides long-term protection for some youngsters, but others lose their tolerance over time, a new study says. The investigators also found that many children continued to have intermittent symptoms and some had severe allergic reactions even after showing improvement in the early stages of treatment. Previous research on this form of so-called "oral immunotherapy" showed promise. But the first long-term study of the treatment showed the need for more studies with longer follow-up, said the researchers from the Johns Hopkins Children's Center, in Baltimore. "While many children were clearly better off with treatment, our results raise troubling questions about the long-term risk for future reactions among children treated with this approach," lead investigator and ... Read more

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Health Tip: Lactose May Be Hiding in Food

Posted 9 May 2013 by

-- Lactose is an enzyme that is typically found in milk and other dairy foods. It's also added to many non-dairy products, which is bad news for people who can't digest the enzyme properly. The condition is known as lactose intolerance. The American College of Gastroenterology says foods that may be harboring lactose include: Baked goods, including breads and processed breakfast cereals. Breakfast foods, drinks and instant potatoes. Margarine and non-kosher lunch meats. Condiments, such as salad dressings. Snack foods such as candy. Mixes for cookies, pancakes and biscuits. Instant meals in powdered form. Read more

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Health Tip: Watch for Lactose in Foods

Posted 15 Nov 2011 by

-- Lactose intolerant people may be primed to avoid milk, sparing themselves uncomfortable symptoms of bloating, gas or stomach cramps. But lactose may be an ingredient in many foods, in addition to milk. The website offers this list of possible examples: Ice cream, sherbet, cream, butter, some cheeses and yogurt. Baked goods, such as breads and cereals. Cake, cookie, pancake and biscuit mixes. Prepared soups, breakfast drinks and instant mashed potatoes. Margarine. Salad dressings. Lunch meats, and prepared and frozen meals. Read more

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Lactose Intolerance May Sometimes Be in the Head, Not the Gut

Posted 12 May 2011 by

THURSDAY, May 12 – Italian researchers report that some people who think they are lactose-intolerant may actually suffer from a psychological condition known as somatoform disorder. With true lactose intolerance, a person is deficient in the enzyme lactase, which breaks down the lactose. Those who suffer it say they experience bloating, gas, gut pain and nausea when they eat or drink products containing the milk sugar lactose. Somatoform disorder describes a group of conditions in which the physical pain and symptoms a person experiences are really related to psychological factors. This new study shows that some people "should not blame lactose for symptoms of lactose intolerance," said Dr. Guido Basilisco, a researcher in the gastroenterology unit at IRCCS-Ca Granda, in Milan. He presented the findings this week at Digestive Disease Week in Chicago. In the study, Basilisco and his ... Read more

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Think You're Lactose Intolerant? Maybe Not

Posted 24 Feb 2010 by

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 24 - Many people who think they're lactose intolerant may not be. This suggestion, released Wednesday in a U.S. National Institutes of Health draft consensus statement, could pave the way for more people to eat more dairy products, thus helping to ensure they get adequate nutrition in their diet. Not enough data is available to estimate the prevalence of true lactose intolerance in the United States, the report stated, but it's likely the numbers are lower than those reported, said Natalie J. Miller, a member of the panel that issued the draft statement and a graduate student at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, at a Wednesday teleconference. People with lactose intolerance usually are told to avoid milk and milk-containing products, but this can deprive them of needed nutrients, particularly calcium and vitamin D. "Particularly in children ... Read more

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