Aug/Sep 2009

Life Story

Adolescence and Anaphylaxis

A girl dies after eating Chinese food at a North Carolina shopping mall in 2005. A Massachusetts boy dies after one bite of a cookie at a friend’s house in 2006. A girl dies after consuming a burrito at a shopping center near her home in Esquimalt, Canada, in 2007. What do these tragedies have in common? Each fatality was a teenager with a severe food allergy. And none of the victims was carrying self-injectable epinephrine, the drug that might have saved their lives.   More...

A Voice for Celiac Disease

Celiac disease, a hypersensitivity to gluten, is an autoimmune disease that affects 1 in 133 Americans. Because there is little awareness of the disease and because symptoms often mimic those of other conditions, millions of people remain undiagnosed or misdiagnosed. In fact, more than 97 percent of the celiacs in the United States do not know they have the condition.   More...