What’s Being Done About The Rise Of Food Allergies

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By some estimates, 1 in every 13 preschooler has a food allergy – 50 percent increase between 1997 and 2011. There is no agreed upon explanation for why, although the root cause appears to be both genetic (meaning allergies are passed down from parents to children) and epigenetic (meaning environmental factors alter genes after birth). Treatments have recently progressed beyond the traditional – introducing trace amounts of the offending food to build tolerance – to more complex therapies that involve antibodies previously used for asthma suffers, but you’re still your kid’s best line of defense.

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