“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, Mary Ann & J Milburn Smith Senior Scientist in Child Health Research; Director, Center for Food Allergy & Asthma Research (CFAAR); Professor of Pediatricts & Medicine, Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine; Clinical Attending, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hopsital of Chicago; Chief Medical Officer for Public Health at FARE. 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.
The Center for Food Allergy and Asthma Research (CFAAR), part of the Institute for Public Health and Medicine (IPHAM) at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, aims to find answers and shape policies surrounding food allergy, asthma and other allergic conditions. The CFAAR team is internationally recognized for these efforts, having published the prevalence of pediatric and adult food allergy in the United States, characterized the economic impact of food allergy, and identified disparities in access to care and outcomes among food allergy and asthma patients. To reduce the burden of these diseases and improve health equity, CFAAR develops, evaluates, and disseminates interventions and conducts work to inform local, national, and international health policy.
The Food Allergy Experience, 2nd Edition:
Written by Dr. Ruchi Gupta and Denise Bunning, the 2nd edition of this book is available on Amazon. Based on Dr. Gupta’s research and her surveys of parents, providers, caregivers, and patients, The Food Allergy Experience: Real voices. Real disease. Real insights. provides a reliable source of information and advice in simple, easy-to-read terms. For those contending with food allergies, the book offers guidance and invaluable perspective. For friends, relatives, healthcare providers, teachers, and caregivers, the book will instill a better understanding of how food allergies impact life at home, at school, and in the community, helping them to more effectively assist children with food allergies.