Online Tests Misdiagnose Childhood Food Allergies

Aug 11, 2010 at 9:00 am
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 kids have been diagnosed with food allergies they don't have, leading to restrictive diets that can cause malnutrition.

When people aren't bringing home the bacon, restaurants put it on the menu. The recession has led to a surge in restaurants marketing breakfast. A Boston-based restaurant research group told the Boston Globe that fast-food and quick-service restaurants are attempting to compensate for lower sales by increasing their breakfast options. With dining budgets lagging, more diners are opting to eat the most important -- and cheapest -- meal of the day at restaurants.

The New Yorker reviews Oshinbo, a Japanese food manga. Published in Japan since 1983 the books have sold millions of copies and spawned a television show. A California company bought the rights to publish the stories, centered on a rivalry between two Japanese newspapers trying to best one another in capture the essence of the nation's cuisine.

Russia can't catch a break. First wheat crop problems. Then seed bank problems. Next? The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Wendy's/Arby's plans to open 180 dual-branded restaurants in Russia in the next decade.