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ashes and runny noses: R Environmental and food allergies are on the rise



f you were to ask the parent of a school-aged child if they know a child with allergies, the answer would most likely be a resounding yes. According to a 2013 study by the Centers for Disease Control, food allergies alone have increased by 50 percent between the years 1997 and 2011 – and that number does not take into account the increase in environmental allergies.

BUT WHAT SCIENCE CANNOT TELL US IS WHY. Dr. Vivian Hernandez-Trujillo, medical director of the Division of Allergy and Immunology at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital in Miami, said there has been a definite increase in common food allergies, such as milk, eggs and peanuts, and environmental allergies caused by dust, cockroaches, animal dander and pollen.

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APRIL 2016

3/23/16 1:24 PM

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