Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Food Allergy News

I've gotten a lot of response from my recent piece about the exaggerated threat of food allergies.

The latest news: "Anne Muñoz-Furlong and Terry Furlong, Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network (FAAN) co-founders, have announced their plan to retire in the second half of 2008."

Also, Dr. Hugh Sampson will be on the Leonard Lopate show talking about food allergies on 1/31.

My prediction: Dr. Sampson will talk about how the CDC's figures on the number of food allergy deaths (12) is misleading for a variety of reasons. That the estimate of 150-200 deaths is more accurate (even though it's an estimate) based on a study published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology that finds 30 additional food-related deaths.

Fair enough. That study, however, is not a real epidemiological study-- it is a telephone survey of family members of dues-paying FAAN members.

Another prediction: the line "It's the best estimate we have" will surface at some point.

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