Saturday, 29 October 2016

Special Tesco Vegan and Gluten-Free Selection Box Announcement. Plamil Nut-safe Selection Box. Also some Nut Allergy News

Good morning my mysterious Scarlet Pimpernels,

Exciting news for the impending Santa season!

Tesco have announced that they are launching a vegan, gluten free, wheat free selection box and associated sweet treats for all you chocolate candy lovers out there.

The packs do NOT APPEAR TO BE NUT-SAFE so please take this into consideration before purchasing for those with tree-nut allergies.

But this is really great news for my dairy-free and gluten-free lovelies out there.

The selection box itself is going to be £2, which albeit is more expensive that it's milk and wheat-laden counterparts, it's not a bad price in the grand scheme of things.

The article, the the Huffington Post (click here) also provides other vegan and gluten-free options which are available at good health food stores and online.

So that's the Tesco selection box announcement. Onto some other interesting news for those with nut-allergies.

I went onto the Plamil website to see if they have a NUT-SAFE, vegan and gluten-free selection box and they do!

I grabbed this screenshot of their website and I know that it's currently out of stock but I believe that new batches will be arriving soon.  I also note the price, £3.99 seems really steep I know, but it is good quality and it is only once a year, right?

Anyway, onwards......

Please note:  I am not a Doctor, I am not medically trained, I am not endorsed by any sites or companies. I merely pass on information that I think is relevant to my readers.  Please always consult your physician before making any decisions with regards trying new products or treatments.

I like to keep on top of my allergy news and I found this very interesting article in Web Md website. The information is less than a day old and I thought it was worthwhile sharing.  The full article and associated references can be found here but here is the article itself as it makes interesting reading:

Skin Patch May Help With Peanut Allergy

Delivering small amounts of peanut protein boosted tolerance for about half of young patients in study

WebMD News from HealthDay
By Kathleen Doheny, HealthDay Reporter

FRIDAY, Oct. 28, 2016 (HealthDay News)

"A skin patch that delivers small amounts of peanut protein may help treat children and young adults with peanut allergy, researchers report.

The new approach "looks promising and has potential," said study author Dr. Marshall Plaut. He is chief of the food allergy, atopic dermatitis and allergic mechanisms section at the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
Plaut's research team worked with 74 children and young adults, aged 4 to 25, who are allergic to peanuts. The volunteers were randomly assigned to wear either a high-dose patch (250 micrograms), a low-dose patch (100 micrograms) or a placebo patch.

Participants put a new patch on daily, sticking it to their arm or between their shoulder blades.

At the one-year mark, the researchers evaluated whether the participants were able to consume at least 10 times more peanut protein than they could at the study start, under supervision during the allergy challenge.

After a year, 46 percent of the low-dose group and 48 percent of the high-dose group could do that, but only 12 percent of those on the placebo patch could.

Children aged 4 to 11 had the best response. The patch had less effect on those aged 12 and older, the study authors said.

The results were published online Oct. 26 in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology.

The patch is based on the same concept as other anti-allergy treatments, aiming to engage the immune system to train the body to tolerate small amounts of the protein.

Other researchers have tested giving small oral doses of the peanut protein, but the NIH team of researchers noted that that regimen is difficult for about 10 percent to 15 percent of people to tolerate.

No serious reactions to the patch were reported, Plaut said. Most did report mild skin reactions, including itching or rash at the site of the patch.

Plaut described the effectiveness of the patch as modest, but added that the effects may increase as the children and young adults keep using it.

Using it for a couple of years is "probably optimal," he said. While the effectiveness of oral therapy is typically higher, he said, there is also a higher rate of adverse side effects.

The patch study will continue for 30 months. The children who started on the placebo patch will be switched over to the active patch for a year, Plaut said.

Dr. Vivian Hernandez-Trujillo, chief of the section of pediatric allergy and immunology at Nicklaus Children's Hospital in Miami, said, "This is a promising and exciting study for those of us who are affected by peanut allergy."

She was cautiously optimistic while awaiting the final results.

"It is important to remember that this is still being studied in research centers," Hernandez-Trujillo said. "But I, as both an allergist and a mother of children with peanut allergy, would definitely consider it as an exciting treatment option."

The study excluded those with a history of very severe peanut allergy reactions. So, future research is needed, she said, not only to see how the next year's results bear out, but also to see if the approach will provide protection for those with severe allergies."

So there you have it!  A little bit of Tesco news, a little bit of selection box news and a little bit of academic research news.  Oopht, it's all kicking off here with the troops, so I better dash.

Until the next time my lovelies, hugs,



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