Posted by: Indonesian Children | January 11, 2009


Allergy Update in News

·         European resarchers, in a letter to the New England Journal of Medicine, discuss their findings about inulin, a common carbohydrate that is added to many processed foods. (It is usually listed on the ingredient label, as is oligofructose, a hydrolysate of inulin.) Their patient had four known anaphylactic reactions to the substance. The doctors state that the incidence of allergy to inulin *might* rise in the future, due to its increased use.… According to MSNBC and Reuters, inulin is used as a sugar and fat substitute, and as a preservative.

·         From The Journal of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology reports that luekotriene modifiers, which are currently used to treat asthma, may also reduce the symptoms of allergic rhinitis in conjunction with certain non-sedating antihistamines better than an antihistamine alone.…

·         Can echinacea cause allergic reactions? Perhaps. An Australian physician has identified 24 people who may have had reactions to echinacea, an herb derived from the coneflower plant, a “relative” of ragweed.

·         According to an article at, The Journal of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology says that steroid nasal sprays may be also be effective when taken on an “as needed” basis. Currently, it’s recommended that they be used daily.…

·         A study of 800 homes showed that 45% had significant amounts of dust mite allergens in the bedding; 6% had cockroach allergens.…

·         According to a report from Rueters, the number of people with asthma is expected to double by the year 2020. Between 1980-1994, the incidence of asthma increased 75%.…

·         The Greater Boston Physicians for Social Responsibility has just issued a report concerning the impact that our society’s routine use of chemicals may have on the development of children. They point out that there are many factors involved in learning, developmental, and behavioral disabilities, but “toxic exposures deserve special scrutiny becaue they are preventable causes of harm.” Later in the executive summary of In Harm’s Way: Toxic Threats to Child Development, the group points out that “even when regulated, the risks from chemical exposure are estimated for one chemical at a time, while children are exposed to many toxicants in complex mixtures throughout development. Multiple chemical exposures often interact to magnify the damaging effects or cause new types of harm.” The complete report is available in pdf format on their web site at:

·         http://www.fooda….




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