Food Sensitivities Are Real and You Should Take Them Seriously

Earlier this week, Gizmodo US reported on a recent food allergy study that, perhaps not surprisingly, stirred up a long of strong feelings among readers. The research suggested that roughly 10 percent of adult Americans are allergic to foods like shellfish, tree nuts, and dairy. But it also found that nearly as many people described themselves as having an allergy, but then reported symptoms that weren’t consistent with a true food allergy. Read More >>

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Climate Change Is Going to Make Ragweed Allergies Even Worse, Study Finds

There’s no shortage of horrible things that will become more common in the near future due to climate change, like coastal flooding, extreme weather, and disease-causing ticks, to name a few. But new research published this month in PLOS-One adds another annoyance to the list: Allergy-causing ragweed. Read More >>

Parents Are Still Reluctant to Give Peanuts to Infants, Despite New Guidelines

Early last year, in a colossal U-turn, the NIH’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) issued updated clinical guidelines advising parents to feed peanuts to infants at an early age to prevent the onset of dangerous allergies. More than a year later, parents—who for years were warned to do the exact opposite—are either unaware of the new guidelines or still wary of the recommendations, according to the latest research. Read More >>

Sony Apologises for CG Rabbit’s Food Allergy Shaming

There's a film version of Peter Rabbit about to hit the cinemas and it's already going down badly with a certain subset of US audiences, with parents reacting with horror to a sequence where the CG animals torture one of the woodland friends' human accomplices by purposefully triggering his allergy. Read More >>

We Were Wrong About Not Feeding Peanuts to Infants

For years, parents have been told to withhold peanut products from their children until the age of three. In a total flip-flop, the NIH has issued new guidelines recommending that babies be fed peanuts early in their lives to prevent the onset of dangerous allergies. Read More >>

Kids Who Bite Their Nails and Suck Their Thumbs Develop Fewer Allergies

Parents, you can stop fretting about your child’s disgusting habits. An analysis of more than 1,000 kids between the ages of 5 and 11 reveals that nail-biters and thumb-suckers are less likely to develop allergic sensitivities later on in life. Read More >>

Patient Develops an Allergy to Kiwis Following Surgery

A 46-year-old man who underwent a bone marrow transplant has suddenly contracted an allergy to kiwi fruit. Scientists say it’s the first evidence that allergies can be carried to a patient from a donor’s stem cells. Read More >>

Scientists Isolate Gene Responsible for Rare Vibration Allergy

A small segment of the population is literally allergic to vibrations, an annoying condition that gives rise to hives and other symptoms. Researchers at the NIH have now isolated the genetic mutation responsible for the disorder, and it’s offering new insight into related conditions. Read More >>

Why Do We Have Allergies?

Allergies such as peanuts and hay fever make millions of us miserable, but scientists aren’t even sure why they exist. But now, a master immunologist has come up a controversial answer. Read More >>

Peanut Allergy? Dry Roasted is Worse Than Raw

Food killjoys have discovered that high temperatures used in the roasting process trigger chemical changes in peanuts that may make us less tolerant of the proteins inside, meaning the cooked options are more likely to trigger allergic reactions. Read More >>

Spring Sneezing: How to Beat the Household Causes of Allergies

Spring cleaning season is in full swing, which can only mean one thing -- digging through your cluttered cupboards and drawers, and the dreaded attic that you've been pretending didn't exist for the past 12 months. But shaking out all that old junk can disturb all kinds of spores, not to mention dust, leaving you a snivelling, sneezy wreck. Read More >>

Doctors Ease Peanut Allergies in Tiny Test You Shouldn’t Try at Home

To a nut-allergic person, a peanut is a little grenade of discomfort and danger. So a small study published this week, showing that kids with severe peanut allergies can increase their tolerance through gradual exposure, is great news for allergic children and their caretakers. Just please, don't try this technique at home. Read More >>

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Lactards Can Have Dairy With the Help of a Few Little Pills

Feel like crap after that Ben and Jerry's? Or constantly feel like you shouldn't have had that latte? You're not alone. Up to 75 per cent of the world's population is in some way intolerant to dairy products, leading to somewhat undesirable reactions involving your gut or even skin. Read More >>

You Might Literally Be Allergic To BlackBerry Phones

As if RIM wasn't already having enough trouble struggling for relevance with BlackBerry phones, there's yet another thing about the handsets that makes them a bit less appealing compared to iPhones and Android devices: you could actually be allergic to a BlackBerry, in the most literal sense. Read More >>

Allergies Could Have Evolved to Protect Us

Summer's virtually here, which means soon many of us will be incapacitated through sneezes, coughs, and itchy eyes. While allergies are a pain in the ass, they may not be the misguided immune responses many scientists have believed them to be. In fact, a new theory is emerging which suggests that they may have evolved to protect us. Read More >>