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Free Food Allergy and Intolerance Seminar at University of Worcester

A free short course is to take place at the University of Worcester to raise awareness of food allergies and intolerances.

foodThe course will be hosted by nutrition lecturers Dr Denise Mortimore and Dr Laurence Trueman and is aimed at professionals and the general public, who have an interest in the subject.

Dr Trueman said: “There has been a rapid increase in the number of people reported to being allergic or intolerant to everyday foods.

“Most people recognise when they have a classic reaction as they get physical symptoms. However, food intolerance is more insidious – you just feel below par but do not know why. It is estimated that many more people have intolerances rather than classic allergies but do not recognise the cause.

“The aim of the course is to raise awareness of food intolerances, its potential impact and what simple actions can be done to help sufferers.”

The first half of the seminar will give information on the mechanisms behind allergy. No previous knowledge of immunology will be assumed.

The latter half of the day will discuss practical measures that can be used to recognise symptoms, identify the culprit food group(s), modulate the symptoms, and how to guard against the potential long term consequences to health.

It takes place on Friday, September 10 from 9.30am to 5.30pm at the University’s National Pollen and Aerobiology Research Unit on the St John’s Campus. This seminar is free but prior registration is required by contacting Sally Wall (s.wall@worc.ac.uk) before Monday, September 6.