Fall 2016

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Research Update


The ins and outs of managing avoidance diets for food allergies

Scope: Brief overview of new research and food allergy pathology (including IgE mediated, eosinophilic esophagitis and food protein induced enterocolitis syndrome). Potential nutrient deficiencies and key messages for important counselling topics (with a focus on pediatrics).

Who may be interested in reading full article? Dietitians without a strong background in food allergy. The information is basic.

Pub Med ID – 27386976

Internet and food allergy: What patients are seeking and what they do with the information

Scope: Highlights the importance of asking clients what they have learned from online sources and discussing misinformation.  The most common online resources for immediate food allergy information are given.

Who may be interested in reading full article? Dietitians working with food allergy clients (particularly immediate food allergy).

Note: Dietitians have a strong online presence in many areas (e.g. diabetes), but not in food allergies. This is an area for new opportunities!

Pub Med ID – 27372598

British Dietetic Association systematic review and evidence-based practice guidelines for the dietary management of irritable bowel syndrome in adults (2016 update)

Scope: Several research questions related to IBS and diet are reviewed. An evidence graded concluding statement and practical considerations are given.

Who may be interested in reading full article?  All dietitians working with IBS clients.

Pub Med ID – 27272325

Practice paper of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics: Role of the registered dietitian nutritionist in the diagnosis and management of food allergies

Scope: Good, general overview of the dietary management of immediate (IgE mediated) food allergy.

Who may be interested in reading full article? Dietitians without a strong background in food allergy. The information is basic.

Pub Med ID – 27671759

Diets for diagnosis and management of food allergy: The role of the dietitian in eosinophilic esophagitis in adults and children

Scope: Excellent, practical review of recent research on this topic. Information is organized into the dietary elimination, reintroduction and management phases.

Who may be interested in reading full article?  Highly recommended reading for dietitians working with EGID clients.

Pub Med ID – 27592143

The six-food elimination diet for eosinophilic esophagitis increases grocery shopping cost and complexity

Scope: Objective analysis of the increased costs and need to visit specialty grocery stores that clients endure when following an elimination diet.

Who may be interested in reading full article?  Dietitians that provide elimination diet counselling, may find this article helpful to support applications for financial assistance for low income clients.

Pub Med ID – 27503565

Resources Update


The School Forms You Need Before Your Child with Food Allergies Starts School

Description: This article is not new information, but is presented very concisely.

Target Audience: American Families (would not apply to other countries).

Organization: Kids with Food Allergies

Website Link: https://community.kidswithfoodallergies.org/blog/the-school-forms-you-need-before-your-child-with-food-allergies-starts-school

Proximity Food Challenge Interview

Description: The balance between safety and restriction/quality of life is tricky for clients with anaphylactic food allergies. Fear of a reaction when the allergen is close by is common. Proximity food challenges help reduce this fear by allowing the patient to come in contact (but not ingest) their allergen(s) under close medical supervision.

Target Audience: Clients/families that are concerned about anaphylactic reactions from being close to the allergen.

Organization: Allergic Girl Resources. Sloane Miller is a social worker with a personal history of anaphylactic food allergies. She provides resources and counselling to help food allergic individuals advocate for themselves and live well.

Website Link: http://allergicgirl.blogspot.ca/2016/08/interview-dr-chitra-dinakar-dr-jay.html

Oral Allergy Syndrome: Why Raw Fruit Can Make the Mouth Itchy

Description: Well written article on a very imprecise and confusing topic.

Target Audience: The public and health care professionals.

Organization: Allergic Living Magazine

Website Link: http://allergicliving.com/2016/06/16/oral-allergy-syndrome-why-raw-fruit-can-make-the-mouth-itchy/