Study finds that more children suffer from food allergy than previously thought

Ruchi Gupta     
A group of researchers led by Ruchi S. Gupta, MD, MPH has found that the prevalence of food allergy in children is higher than previously thought. Data collected from more than 40,000 children found that food allergy prevalence was 8 percent, considerably higher than many recent reports. Food allergic children are at considerable risk for experiencing severe food-induced reactions. In addition, the results of the study suggest that odds of food allergy are significantly associated with race, age, income and geographic region. The study is published online in the June 20, 2011 online issue of Pediatrics. Gupta is Associate professor of Pediatrics at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. The research was conducted with the Institute for Healthcare Studies at the Feinberg School, the Mary Ann & J. Milburn Smith Child Health Research Program of Children's Memorial Research Center, the Division of Allergy and Immunology at Children's Memorial Hospital, St. Louis University School of Medicine, Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine and the Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital.

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