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July 10, 2005

Food allergies a growing concern

Topics: Health Issues

Biological weapons may be a distant concern for most Americans, but some struggle to avoid them every day -- in the form of canned tuna laced with milk protein, fruit popsicles manufactured with dairy-contaminated equipment or enchilada sauce containing hidden peanut protein.

For people with severe allergies, consumption of minute amounts of an ordinary food such as milk, peanuts or shellfish commands the immune system to unleash a full-scale assault on the rest of the body. This can lead to consequences such as skin eruptions, asthma attacks, gastrointestinal problems and potentially fatal systemic allergic reactions called anaphylaxis.

Posted by Hyscience at July 10, 2005 10:39 PM



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