Author: Gwen Smith

Teen Food Allergy Tragedies: Why We Must Say – No More

News that 17-year-old Morgan Crutchfield of Staley, North Carolina died of anaphylaxis on October 5, 2015, hit the food allergy community hard. This community was already reeling from the anaphylaxis deaths in September of Simon Katz, a Colorado high school student, and of Andrea Mariano, a Canadian teenager who suffered an ultimately fatal reaction on… Read more »

Lawsuits in Amarria Johnson Peanut Allergy Death are Settled

Two lawsuits filed by the mother of Amarria Johnson, the 7-year-old Virginia girl who died from eating a single peanut at school recess, appear to have been settled as of September 2015. Amarria’s mother, Laura Pendleton, had filed a wrongful death suit against Chesterfield County, Virginia, where the school her daughter attended is located, and… Read more »

Celiac Linked to Higher Rate of Miscarriage and Premature Birth 

A study of pregnancy experiences finds that women with celiac disease are significantly more likely to miscarry or give birth prematurely than other women. The study was conducted through a lengthy online survey and involved 970 women: 329 of whom had tested postive by biopsy for celiac disease, and a control group of 641 women… Read more »