Clinical Immunology

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    September 11, 2014
  • Blogs

    May 15, 2014

    Modesto Tapas Creates Special Allergy-Sensitive Menu for Spring

    It's hard to be a diner with a severe allergy. Half the time people think you're just finicky -- or worse, faking it -- and you could potentially end up in the hospital if you get something you weren't supposed to. In solidarity, Modesto Tapas (5257 Shaw Avenue; 314-772-8272) has partnered with the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 3, 2013

    Last Shot: A Concert Photographer's Battle With Cancer

    [Editor's Note: Long-time concert photographer Andrew Youssef found out two years ago that he had stage IV colon cancer. In that time, he has continued to shoot tons of music events, on top of other freelance work and working a day job at a hospital, of all places. As he continues to fight for his l ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 14, 2013

    Meth: Missouri Launches Anti-Smurfing Campaign to Curb Sale of Medicines to Cooks

    Missouri, the Meth Capital of the United States, this week launched a campaign against purchasing cold and allergy medicines and selling them to methamphetamine cooks. It's the "anti-smurfing" initiative. "Missouri law enforcement officials will tell you that smurfing is one of the biggest chall ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 22, 2013

    The Secret to Fighting the Flu This Season? Eat Yer Fruits and Veggies! (Gut Check Tells You Where)

    Lately, it seems like everyone Gut Check knows either has a cold, is recovering from a cold or is awaiting the arrival of a cold. Now, Gut Check's general recommendation for fighting off a cold is to dose a bowl of pho with twice as much Sriracha as you can stand and then chase it with half a bottle ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2012

    Put Down That Bucket of Chunky Cinnamon Streusel, Sam's Club Customer

    Usually it's the why that catches our attention when a food product is recalled: pieces of a gasket, say, or of a pen or a glove. Today it's the what. Dawn Food Products Inc. on Friday announced, via the FDA, a recall of 25-pound buckets of Sam's Club Chunky Cinnamon Streusel because of the risk of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 21, 2012

    The Most Ridiculous Food Recall Ever? Yeah, the Most Ridiculous Food Recall Ever.

    In general, food recalls aren't funny. Listeria, E. coli, salmonella: serious business, all of them. Undeclared allergens might not matter to most consumers, but for those who are allergic, they can be a very big deal, indeed. But then there is this recall, announced last week by the USDA.

  • Blogs

    June 13, 2012

    Dim Sum Dumpling Recall Makes Gut Check Go All A la recherche du temps perdu

    As far back as Gut Check can remember [insert your own Proustian madeleine reverie here], we've been smitten with the Chinese chow-down concept of dim sum. Sitting around a table with eight or ten people, pointing at exotic-looking items on the carts that the servers push around, asking, "What's tha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2012

    Stouffer's Lasagna Italiano Accidently Packaged In Stuffed Pepper Container, Obviously Recalled

    Voluntary food product recalls for mislabeled or missing allergens aren't the stuff of scandal, but when a company mass produces a product and labels it with a totally incorrect product name and it's missing allergen information, Gut Check's ears perk up. Yesterday, Nestlé Prepared Foods Company ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 22, 2012

    St. Louis Ranked High on List of Worst Cities for Spring Allergies

    ​Springtime in St. Louis -- the season your car turns a pale green regardless of its paint color. Yep, there's a lot of pollen in the air. Worse, it's in your nose and eyes, producing bucketloads of snot and phlegm and making you weep harder than a guest on Dr. Phil.  But here's the good news ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 7, 2011

    Uncle Ben's Recalls Rice Product

    ​Mars Food has cried uncle -- Uncle Ben's, that is.(Sorry.)The food maker has announced a voluntarily recall of the "Garden Vegetable" variety of Uncle's Ben Whole Grain White Rice because of an undeclared milk allergen. From the announcement of the recall: An ingredient supplier improperly includ ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 27, 2011

    St. Louis Named a Top 10 Autumn Allergy Capital

    Eat this, Portland!​Finally! An explanation for the sneezing attacks, sinus congestion and itchy eyes you've been experiencing the past couple weeks. They're all perfectly normal symptoms for people living in the 9th worst city in America for fall allergies! Yep, it's official. The Asthma and Alle ... More >>

  • News

    July 28, 2011
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    May 20, 2011

    Ten Best Food Events this Weekend: May 20-22

    Egan O'KeefeA scene from 2009's Taste of Maplewood​The weather forecast for the weekend may be full of storms and gloom, but forget about it! There's plenty of booze, food and tunes to keep everyone out of the house. Take, for instance, the Missouri Brewfest in Westport or the 30th Annual Fine ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 14, 2011

    Gluten-Free Summit Planned, and Not a Moment Too Soon​One person in 133 is gluten intolerant, and they're joining forces to hold the first Gluten Free Food Labeling Summit. The group will host the May 4 event in Washington, D.C., in an attempt to get legislators and food producers to follow the 2007 Food Allergen La ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 12, 2011

    What Dangers Lurk Within...Jelly Beans?

    www.icanhascheezburger.comNo word on whether the cat was allergic to shellfish.​Gimbal's Fine Candies is on a mission to make Easter baskets safe for kiddos. How does the venerable sweets maker propose to protect children from unseen dangers hidden in the candy cornucopia? With allergen-free ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 24, 2011

    The Latest in Petri Dish Fashion: Designer Intestinal Bacteria

    image viaThere's a high proportion of these intestinal bacteria, Firmicutes, in people who have a high-fat, high-sugar diet.​We all have a vast collection of bacteria in our intestines, a library, if you will. Most of these bacteria are friendly and helpful, allowing us to digest foods we woul ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 27, 2011

    Chefs Hate Foodies. Customers Hate Servers.

    It's a harsh world. CNN asked why chefs hate foodies. Los Angeles chef Suzanne Goin said, "To me it's never negative, it's kind of done, that term - can you just calm down and eat your food and like it and not have to be a foodie? But that's me being the jaded food professional. It's better than ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 7, 2010

    Food Allergy Diagnosis Guidelines Created

    There sure are a lot of new food rules lately. The newest report comes from the Wall Street Journal: The National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases has finally issued clinical guidelines for diagnosing and treating food allergies. The guidelines will hopefully eliminate the hoard of alle ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 11, 2010

    Online Tests Misdiagnose Childhood Food Allergies

    Online food allergy testing for children isn't effective. The Daily Mail published a report on how British parents, impatient with doctors not recognizing their childrens' allergy symptoms, are often turning to alternative medical tests sold online. The results? Not good. Hundreds of thousands of ki ... More >>

  • News

    July 14, 2010
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    May 13, 2010

    The Morning Brew: 5.13

    Got a food allergy? Maybe not. The New York Times reports that a lot of food allergies are misdiagnosed. In a new paper by Dr. Marc Riedl, an allergist and immunologist at the University of California, Los Angeles, he suggests that food allergies likely occur in 8 percent of children and less than ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 14, 2010

    RFT Flickr Pool Photo 'o Day: "Spring in the Park"

    If this image doesn't make want to make you sneak out of your office and bathe in the sun at Forest Park then you are an albino with severe pollen allergies."Spring in the Park" by Antonia Quest via Flickr​Click here to upload your photos to the RFT's Flickr Pool.

  • Blogs

    October 30, 2009

    The Sweet Scout Tries Gluten-Free Goodies

    User "Jellyfish Juice," Wikimedia Commons​Gluten-free foods intrigue me. Why live without gluten? Celiac disease causes an intolerance to gluten, a protein found in wheat; those suffering from celiac disease can suffer numerous health problems if they ingest it. However, recent studies have shown ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 8, 2009

    The Noble Writ: Are Sulfites Friend or Foe?

    One of the larger areas of misconception surrounding wine is the use of sulfur compounds, most commonly sulfur dioxide (SO2), during the wine-making process. Many consumers seem to misunderstand why most winemakers add SO2 and what ill effects it might cause. Given that all wines containing more tha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 2, 2009

    Exene Cervenka of X Diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis

    exenecervenka.comCervenkaExene Cervenka, singer of the influential LA-punk band X, who now lives in Missouri, announced on her Web site today that she has been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. Cervenka, 53, posted this statement on her site:After some months of not feeling 100% healthy, I recently ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 26, 2009

    The Morning Brew: Tuesday, 5.26

    A new study suggests a link between childhood obesity and food allergies. (New York Times)The plant that shipped salmonella-tainted pistachios knew about the salmonella, the FDA reports. (AP)The growing number of small slaughterhouses where you can choose your meat before it's killed. It's not a loc ... More >>

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    May 20, 2009
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    March 17, 2009

    Top o' the Morning Brew: Tuesday, 3.17

    The USDA's new Country of Origin Labeling (pr COOL) law goes into effect today. (MSNBC)Apparently, it's food-allergy-news week: A new study finds that black male children have the highest risk of food allergies. (U.S. News & World Report)Research suggests that eating mushrooms could reduce a wom ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 3, 2009

    The Morning Brew: Tuesday, 2.3

    In today's news: Obama on the peanut-butter recall, caterpillars in Liberia and misdiagnosed food allergies.

  • Blogs

    October 22, 2008

    The Morning Brew: Wednesday, 10.22

    A look at how restaurants across the country are dealing with the economic downturn. (New York Times) A new study finds a link between obesity and how quickly you eat. (BBC News) A significant increase in the number of children with food allergies. (AP) - Ian Froeb

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    May 21, 2008
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    May 14, 2008


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    May 30, 2007
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    May 30, 2007

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    May 24, 2006

    Scott Walker

    The Drift (4AD)

  • Dining

    July 6, 2005

    Raw milk

    Living Springs Ranch stand at GreenMarket, 4814 Washington Avenue; 314-361-3114

  • News

    May 19, 2004

    Under the Beaver's Skin

    Gee whiz, Wally: the Beav talks to Unreal about psoriasis! Plus, we see how the Lou stacks up to Beantown, try to understand the appeal of the Pet Building and administer a Harold Ramis quiz

  • Best of St. Louis

    September 24, 2003

    Best Baby Store

    Babies "R" Us

  • News

    February 23, 2000

    Pot Luck

    Calling the cops was probably the last thing Jim Hammond should have done