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  • Food Allergy Diagnosis: Q&A with Dr. Todd Mahr

    Have you ever wondered if you or someone you know may have a food allergy? Diagnosing a true food allergy is a complex process, which is why it’s important to seek the help of a board certified allergist – and not to draw any conclusions yourself. While only a small percentage of people have food allergies, according to the NIAID Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Food Allergies research has shown that 50-90% of self-diagnosis is wrong…. Read more
  • Why has there been an increase in food allergies?

    There has been a significant increase in the prevalence of food allergy over the past three decades. This has also been the case with peanut allergy, which now affects approximately 0.6% of the U.S. population. A diagnosis of food allergy carries with it important nutritional implications, an undeniable impact on quality of life, and increased health care costs. As researchers look to improve the management of food allergy beyond avoidance and treatment of accidental ingestions with epinephrine, there is also focus on understanding the increase in food allergy over the past several decades…. Read more

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  • Feeding peanut, egg to babies early lowers food allergy risk, review finds

    Babies fed peanut between 4-11 months of age and egg between the ages of 4-6 months may be at lower risk of developing allergies to these foods later on. This is the conclusion of a new study published in JAMA, which represents the largest analysis to date of research assessing the effects of early exposure to allergenic foods…. Read more
  • Nut-Free Schools: Points to Ponder

    As families across the U.S. get ready to send their children back to school, parents of kids with food allergies have a different sort of homework. They must make sure their kids are safe in the classroom, playground and lunchroom. For kids with nut allergies, does their school have a nut-free policy and, if it does, what does that mean?… Read more