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Gwen Smith

Food Allergy Awareness 2013: There’s Much Work to Do

By Gwen Smith

Food Allergy Awareness Week is a great time to take stock. We have come so far in the last decade on food allergy awareness. It’s now common for schools to make food allergy accommodations to protect at-risk kids, while colleges in the United States are also moving in that direction (following a key ADA decision), …

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Gina Clowes

Lesley U. Decision: A Victory for Allergy, Celiac Access

By Gina Clowes

A settlement quietly reached between Lesley University in Massachusetts and the Department of Justice in December 2012 was big news, with monumental implications. The agreement has laid the foundation for establishing the rights of Americans with food allergy and celiac disease. Here’s how the settlement came about. A number of students initiated a lawsuit against …

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Gina Clowes

Allergy Moms: Let’s Resolve to Stress Less and Schedule in Real Life

By Gina Clowes

The new year’s arrival gives us the perfect opportunity to create a life that we love. Our kids only grow up once, and as overwhelming as food allergies can be, we don’t want their whole lives to revolve around their medical condition. To find room in life for the things that really matter, we often …

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Gwen Smith

Milk Oral Immunotherapy Not Lasting

By Gwen Smith

The staying power of OIT (oral immunotherapy) for milk allergy has been called into question with the results of a 5-year followup of test subjects.

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Gwen Smith

Spring 13 Issue Is Going to Be Good!

By Gwen Smith

Feb. 11, 2013 – We’re deep into editing and layouts here at Allergic Living on the Spring 2013 edition of the magazine, so I thought I’d let our followers know what we’re working on. For our cover article, writer Carolyn Black has an incredibly insightful article on the impact on some marriages of the day-to-day …

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Gina Clowes

Help the School ‘Get’ Food Allergies

By Gina Clowes

Sometimes we hear of community resistance to food allergy accommodations. For instance, back in 2011, parents at one Florida school went so far as to hold protests  over the accommodations requested for a first grader with a peanut allergy. That uproar resonated with me because of a similar controversy in my district several years ago …

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Laurie Harada

‘Oh Waiter…’ An Allergic Child Learns to Dine Out

By Laurie Harada

There I was again, reeling off the list of foods which my son, Julian, had to avoid because of his allergies to peanuts, nuts, shellfish, chick peas, split peas and soy. He was 6 years old at the time and we were dining at a restaurant, one of many during a week-long vacation in Florida. …

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