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PostPosted: Thu Mar 29, 2007 9:43 pm 
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Press release from the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network (FAAN):

FOOD ALLERGY FATALITIES CONTINUE UNABATED

Report Stresses Need for Better Patient, Doctor and Food Service Staff Education

(Fairfax, Va., March 28, 2007) /PRNewswire/ — A new report on fatalities from food-induced anaphylaxis, which follows up an earlier study, suggests that little progress has been made in effectively preventing and treating food allergy reactions over the past five years. The findings support, alarmingly, earlier statistics showing that adolescents and young adults are at highest risk for fatalities. The need for more education on the part of the medical community and patients, more attention focused on reading labels and avoiding allergens, and the importance of carrying and using epinephrine are some of the major areas which need to be improved.

The report, which appears in the April 2007 issue of the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (JACI) looks at 31 individuals who died as a result of their food allergies. This report follows up one from 2001 in which 32 food-induced fatalities were examined.

For the rest of the press release (which includes video clips), go to http://www.prnewswire.com/mnr/faan/27010/ .

A few quotes that stand out:

"In addition, every individual [who died], for whom there was information, had asthma."

"The solution starts with better education of medical professionals at all levels. Physicians need to do a better job of diagnosing patients and providing adequate evaluation."


It's all rather scary, especially for those with teenaged kids or those approaching the teen years.... :(

K.

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Karen, proud Mom of
- DS1 (12 yrs): allergic to cashews, pistachios, Brazil nuts, potatoes, some legumes, some fish, pumpkin seeds; OAS
- DS2 (1o yrs): ana. to dairy, eggs, peanuts; asthma


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