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PostPosted: Sat Jul 13, 2013 7:04 pm 
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Princeton University sociologist Miranda Waggoner, writing in the journal Social Science and Medicine, points out that peanut allergies are half as common as seafood allergies and rarely fatal. She says the apparent rise of the allergy in recent decades may, in fact, be due to increased vigilance by parents in response to hype in the media and society.

She says as few as 1 per cent of North American and British children have peanut allergies.


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Auckland immunologist Rohan Ameratunga criticised Waggoner's study as "selective". He said her subtext was that allergy specialists conspired with worried parents and support groups to create an "epidemic". Food allergy diagnosis had improved in the past two decades.


http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/ ... ays-expert


Study: Parsing the peanut panic: The social life of a contested food allergy epidemic (ABSTRACT)

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23746608

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