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Lecture 11 - Food Allergy

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Learning Objectives

  1. Understand the types of adverse food reactions.
  2. Differentiate food allergy and food sensitivity.
  3. Understand the role of IgE (Immunoglobulin E) in allergic reaction.
  4. Explore the types of IgE and non-IgE mediated food allergy.
  5. Summarize the series of events in allergic reaction
  6. Examine symptoms of allergic reaction including local and systemic anaphylaxis.
  7. Summarize the approach to food allergy diagnosis.
  8. Survey common food allergens.

Advance Reading

  1. Food Allergy NIH/NLM MedlinePlus (skim)
  2. Immune System, P. Bugl, University of Hartford
  3. Food Allergy Table
  4. Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act (FALCPA 2006)
  5. The Curious Case of the Epicurean Nut, G. Moller

Suggested Reading

  1. The Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network
  2. Food Allergies:
    When Food Becomes the Enemy
  3. Video: Allergy tests

Lecture Materials

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Lecture Activities


  1. Food allergy
  2. Food sensitivity
  3. Food intolerance
  4. Immunoglobulin E (IgE)
  5. Anaphylaxis
  6. Anaphylactoid reactions
  7. Metabolic food disorders
  8. Idiosyncratic reactions
  9. Allergen
  10. Immediate hypersensitvity
  11. Antibody dependent cytotoxicity
  1. Antigen-antibody complex mediated
  2. Cell-mediated hypersensitivity
  3. Delayed hypersensitivity
  4. Angioedema
  5. Idiosyncrasy
  6. Antigen
  7. Gut-associated lymphoid tissue
  8. Hypersensitivity
  9. Urticaria
  10. Atopic syndrome
  11. Mast cell


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