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Food Allergies Among U.S. Children Worse Than Previously Reported

June 20, 2011: 09:19 PM EST
A study has revealed that 8% of children in the United States have food allergies, considerably higher than previously estimated. Analysis of data gathered for 40,104 children showed that peanut, milk, and shellfish are the top allergen-linked foods. Age, geographic location, income, and race play significant roles in the odds of having food allergies. Researchers also observed discrepancies in food allergy diagnosis according to ethnic origin and family income level.
Ruchi S. Gupta, MD, MPH, Elizabeth E. Springston, BA Manoj R. Warrier, MD Bridget Smith, PhD, Rajesh Kumar, MD, Jacqueline Pongracic, MD, Jane L. Holl, MD, MPH, "The Prevalence, Severity, and Distribution of Childhood Food Allergy in the United States", Pediatrics, June 20, 2011, © American Academy of Pediatrics
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