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For Jennifer Buteau, shopping for the new school year is a bit more complicated than it is for most parents. Along with the notebooks, pens and pencils, Buteau is stocking up on a supply of Benadryl and EpiPens just in case her 8-year-old son accidentally comes in contact with an errant peanut that will leave him covered with hives and gasping for breath. [From: "Allergy anxiety: For some parents, new school year brings new fear," MSNBC Today, July 24, 2012.]

 

To see more information about preparing for school, visit: Food Allergy Initiative's "In School." 

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2012 U.S. Olympic swimmer Dana Vollmer says changing her diet is what has helped her make the team. Dr. Gupta reports. [From: "Dana Vollmer battles gluten, wins gold," cnn.com, July 30, 2012].

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Today the European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (EAACI) launched its Food Allergy Campaign. The purpose of the campaign is to raise awareness of the sharp increase of anaphylaxis in children, an allergic reaction that is severe and potentially life-threatening. It aims at educating the public to recognise the symptoms and its triggers, and to teach methods of how to react in case of emergency, e.g. by using an adrenaline pen. [From: "Allergies Become Epidemic: Food Allergy Sufferers Double in the Last 10 Years," PR Newswire, June 18, 2012.]

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With food allergies still on the rise and no clear answer about their causes, parents of allergic children anxiously await the development of an effective treatment to prevent life-threatening reactions.

Researchers are making progress with a method for helping children with food allergies develop a tolerance for foods they otherwise couldn't eat. 

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Do you have a gluten-free teen who is heading to college in the fall? If so, the Celiac Disease Group at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford will be conducting a clinical research initiative to improve the quality of care for adolescents living with celiac disease and transitioning from home to college dorm living and they would like your help. The study will take place this summer and fall and will utilize a series of three surveys. [from: "Celiac-disease study seeking teen participants," examiner.com, July 13, 2012]

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