NBC Nightly News reported, “There is a new study tonight on children suffering from asthma. It suggests that some of the kids may also have an allergy to peanuts,” and some parents may not be aware of the allergy. TIME reports that investigators “studied 1,517 children who went to a pulmonary clinic at Mercy Children’s Hospital in Toledo, Ohio, for respiratory problems and left with a confirmed diagnosis of asthma.”
Of “these children,” approximately “11% knew they had a peanut allergy.”
A number “of the children in the study came back to the clinic and had a blood test to screen them for peanut allergies, and of that group, 22% tested positive.”
HealthDay reports that “more than half of these children and their families didn’t know the child had any sensitivity to peanuts.”
These findings were to be presented at a medical conference. They should be considered preliminary as they have not yet undergone the “peer review” process, in which outside experts scrutinize the data prior to publication in a medical journal.
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