“ONE IN 13 U.S. CHILDREN SUFFER FROM FOOD ALLERGIES.” That is the amazing statistic and published conclusion reached by Ruchi S. Gupta, MD, MPH, Pediatrician at Lurie Children’s Hospital and Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago. Dr. Gupta has studied the prevalence of food allergy in our country and its impact on quality of life, as well as the knowledge, attitudes and beliefs of families, physicians, and the general public regarding food allergy.
PUBLISHED FINDINGS FROM THE STUDY
Food Allergy Knowledge, Attitudes and Beliefs: Focus Groups of Parents, Physicians, and the General Public. BMC Pediatrics, September 2008.
Development of the Chicago Food Allergy Research Surveys: Assessing Knowledge, Attitudes, and Beliefs of Parents, Physicians, and the General Public. BMC Health Services Research, August 2009.
Food Allergy Knowledge, Attitudes and Beliefs in the United States. Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, July 2009.
Food Allergy Knowledge, Attitudes and Beliefs of Primary Care Physicians. Pediatrics, December 2009.
Food Allergy Knowledge, Attitudes, and Beliefs of Parents with Food-Allergic Children in the United States. Pediatric Allergy and Immunology, September 2010.
Variations in Quality of Life Among Caregivers of Food Allergic Children. Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, October 2010.
The Prevalence, Severity, and Distribution of Childhood Food Allergy in the United States. Pediatrics, July 2011.
FOOD ALLERGY CLINICAL TRIALS
Lurie Children’s Hospital is the home of the first food allergy treatment clinical trial in the Chicago area, under the leadership of our very own Dr. Jacqueline Pongracic, MD, Head of Allergy and Immunology at Lurie Children’s and Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine at Northwestern University. Thank you to all participants who enrolled in the Food Allergy Study. With more than 1,300 participant families, there was adequate data for these studies. More information about the clinical trials is available here. View Dr. Pongracic's April 2013 presentation to MOCHA about the clinical trials:
Read all about food allergy clinical trials on the FARE website.