Research Tries To Lessen Food Allergies' Bite

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Matthew Fenton, branch chief, Asthma, Allergy, and Inflammation Branch, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Bethesda, Md.

Jennifer Schneider Chafen, MD, health policy fellow, Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Healthcare System Center for Primary Care and Outcomes Research, Stanford University, Stanford, Calif.

Scott H. Sicherer, MD, co-author of books including Understanding and Managing Your Child's Food Allergies and The Complete Peanut Allergy Handbook; professor of pediatrics, clinician and clinical researcher in the Jaffe Food Allergy Institute, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, N.Y.

A recent study in the Journal of the American Medical Association found flaws in how food allergies — abnormal responses to foods triggered by the body's immune system — are diagnosed. New guidelines on dealing with food allergies are scheduled for publication this fall.

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