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Is Better Treatment Possible for Children With Food Allergies?

Hugh Sampson, MDIs Better Treatment Possible for Children With Food Allergies?

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At the Jaffe Food Allergy Institute at Mount Sinai hospital in New York, researchers are working on developing more accurate diagnostic methods and better treatments, as well as preventions for food allergies. These include everything from skin patches with small quantities of allergens to Chinese herbal therapy. We hope this will soon result in a safer future for all.

Hugh Sampson, M.D.
Director, Jaffe Food Allergy Institute
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

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The Danger of Allergy Shaming

Chandler-Swink imageThe Danger of ‘Allergy Shaming’

Could a teen’s desire to “fit in” with the crowd become life-threatening? Certainly, if they have a severe food allergy, researchers report. A recent study revealed that 54 percent of surveyed students with allergies said they purposefully ingested a potentially unsafe food, while 42 percent were willing to eat a food labeled that it “may contain” the problematic allergen. A 2009 study found that only 40 percent of college undergrads with food allergies avoided their known allergens. And sadly, a 2014 study of 251 families found that 32 percent of surveyed children said they’d been bullied because of their food allergy at least once.

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