Food and skin allergies are becoming more common in American children, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Both have been steadily increasing for more than a decade. Food allergy prevalence increased from 3.4% to 5 between 1997 and 2011, while skin allergy prevalence more than doubled in the […]
Managing food allergies requires planning, especially when your child is at school, visiting friends, or eating at a restaurant. Every parent of a child with food allergies has that first frightening moment. It’s when their kid suddenly breaks out in hives or has difficulty breathing after eating something.
The Food Allergy Center at Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego is one of eight hospitals in the United States participating in an international peanut allergy desensitization study.
While food allergies are more common among children, the population of adults with moderate to severe food allergies is also growing, though clinicians aren’t sure why. The American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology estimates that up to four percent of adults have food allergies. These cases may reflect continued childhood allergies, or new sensitivities […]
When does looking out for your own child turn into telling other parents how to raise their own kids? Somewhere around the fourth paragraph of Curtis Sittenfeld’s controversial essay for Slate. Sittenfeld’s 2-year-old daughter, Claire, has serious food allergies (which sounds like an insanely difficult situation to deal with), but despite her best efforts to […]
Food allergy is an immune system response in which the body mounts an attack on food proteins it mistakes for being harmful. In a process called “sensitization,” immune cells generate antibodies specific to that food protein (called IgE), so they’ll recognize the offending food the next time it comes calling. When it does, IgE antibodies […]
Dairy is the most common food allergy among New Zealand school children, according to early results of the nationwide CensusAtSchool project. CensusAtSchool, is an online educational project that brings statistics to life in the classroom. Supervised by teachers, students answer 32 questions about their lives, many of them involving practical activities such as weighing and […]
The number of children with food allergies is increasing, a new survey has found. Dairy is the most common food allergy among school children. The CensusAtSchool research, which questioned students aged 10 to 18, found dairy was the top allergy, followed by peanut allergy and egg allergy. Early results from the first 2800 respondents showed […]