Study: Anaphylactic reactions higher than thought
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So far this year, seven recalls have been announced by the Food Safety and Inspection Service due to undeclared allergens in specific meat and poultry products.
Entitled "The etiology and
incidence of anaphylaxis in
One third of the anaphylaxis cases Dr. Decker and his team identified was caused by a food allergy reaction. These findings give added urgency to the need for improved treatment and education to help people with food allergies avoid this life-threatening condition.
"We don't think the incidence of anaphylaxis has doubled, but through the Rochester Epidemiology Project we were able to much more meticulously identify cases which in other studies might not have been identified," Dr. Decker said. "So this study gives us a more accurate picture of the magnitude of the problem. Still, we did see about a 10% increase in cases of anaphylaxis over the 10-year period of the study."
All cases of anaphylaxis between 1990
and 2000 in
The previous estimate of 30,000
emergency room visits per year as a result of food allergies was based on a
1999 study titled, "Epidemiology of anaphylaxis in
"Research findings continue to indicate that severe food allergy reactions are a major public health concern. This study shows anaphylaxis affects significantly more people, many of whom are children, than previously reported," said Anne Munoz-Furlong, founder and chief executive officer of the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network. "There is no treatment or cure for food allergies. Avoidance is the only way to prevent a reaction. As reactions continue to increase, we need to continue refining guidelines and protocols to improve diagnosis and treatment for the more than 12 million Americans who have food allergies."
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