Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 5 Issue 306 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 2-Nov-2003 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 3-Nov-2003
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FDA Collaborates with AOAC to Gain Approval of Peanut Test Kits for Food Products
The Food and Drug Administration announced that several test kit methods for the detection of peanut proteins in breakfast cereal, cookies, ice cream and milk chocolate have been approved as "Performance Tested Methods" by the Association of Official Analytical Chemists International (AOAC). These test kits will provide a quick and reliable method for the food industry to detect more readily the presence of peanuts in food that is not labeled as containing peanuts, and can more effectively prevent these products from reaching consumers.  more

Information for patients: Food allergy and intolerances
Food allergies or food intolerances affect nearly everyone at some point. People often have an unpleasant reaction to something they ate and wonder if they have a food allergy. One out of three people either say that they have a food allergy or that they modify the family diet because a family member is suspected of having a food allergy. But only about three percent of children have clinically proven allergic reactions to foods. In adults, the prevalence of food allergy drops to about one percent of the total population.  more


Information for patients: Food allergies - When food becomes the enemy
Imagine what it would be like if eating a peanut butter sandwich or some shrimp, or drinking a tall glass of milk left you vomiting, gasping for breath, and furiously scratching a fresh crop of hives. For some people with food allergies, that's reality.  more

The molecular basis of human 'sweet tooth'
Halloween turns millions of kids into candy-loving monsters with more than ample supply of confections to satisfy their "sweet tooth." Now, Howard Hughes Medical Institute researchers have moved closer to understanding why some people cannot resist the impulses brought on by their sweet tooth.  more

Researchers grow breast cancer tissue from transplanted mammary stem cells
In the battle against breast cancer, medicine may be shooting at the wrong enemy. Much like using a weed-whacker to remove the top of lawn weeds, leaving the root behind, conventional treatments that target mature, late-acting cancer cells may miss early cells that can give rise to cancer recurrences.  more

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