Food allergies among children are a growing public health concern. An estimated six million children in the United States suffer from food allergies, and nearly 40 percent have experienced a severe allergic reaction as a result of consuming a food.
A recent New York Times Magazine story took a closer look at the issue and the research of Kari Nadeau, MD, PhD, a pediatric immunologist at Stanford and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital. As my colleague previously reported, Nadeau has demonstrated that it’s possible to desensitize children to a single food allergen and is now working to identify treatments to safely address multiple food allergies at the same time.
To continue the conversation, we’ve asked Nadeau to respond to your questions about children’s food allergies and her ongoing projects at the Stanford Alliance for Food Allergy Research. Questions can be submitted to Nadeau by either sending a tweet that includes the hashtag #AskSUMed or posting your question in the comments section below. We’ll collect questions until Friday (March 15) at 5 PM Pacific Time.
When submitting questions, please abide by the following ground rules:
- Stay on topic
- Be respectful to the person answering your questions
- Be respectful to one another in submitting questions
- Do not monopolize the conversation or post the same question repeatedly
- Kindly ignore disrespectful or off topic comments
- Know that Twitter handles and/or names may be used in the responses
Nadeau will respond to a selection of the questions submitted, but not all of them, in a future entry on Scope.
Finally – and you may have already guessed this – an answer to any question submitted as part of this feature is meant to offer medical information, not medical advice. These answers are not a basis for any action or inaction, and they’re also not meant to replace the evaluation and determination of your doctor, who will address your specific medical needs and can make a diagnosis and give you the appropriate care.
Previously: Searching for a cure for pediatric food allergies, Gesundheit! Spring allergy season is underway, New hope for people with severe milk allergies and New insight into asthma-air pollution link
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