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Read the latest news from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine’s Center for Food Allergy & Asthma Research. The links below take you to articles where you can learn more about our members' latest achievements, awards and honors.
One of the study's authors, Dr. Ruchi Gupta, director of the Center for Food Allergy&Asthma Research and a professor of pediatrics and medicine at the Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine, says allergens used in ingredients are required by law to be listed on food packaging, but precautionary allergen labels like "may contain" or "manufactured on shared equipment" are completely voluntary.
"Given the high prevalence of peanut allergy among U.S. adults, additional therapies are needed to help address this growing burden of disease," Dr. Ruchi Gupta, study author and professor of pediatrics at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and a physician at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, said in the Eurekalert.org news release.
"Through supporting pediatric clinicians in adhering to the guidelines, we have an achievable way to prevent peanut allergy and reduce incidence, which is exciting," Dr. Ruchi Gupta, the study principal investigator, noted.
Black children are 7 percent more likely to have food allergies than White children, according to a 2020 study by Ruchi Gupta, a pediatrician and professor at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine. To be sure, the study shows that Asian children are 24 percent more likely than White children to have food allergies. But Black and Hispanic children are disproportionately more likely to live in poor communities, to have asthma and to suffer from systemic racism in the delivery of medical care.
Building equitable relationships with community leaders and framing research questions around residents’ priorities is the core principle of community-engaged research, and IPHAM, along with ARCC, have been leaders in the field.
Dr. Ruchi Gupta, a professor of pediatrics who is the director of the Center for Food Allergy and Asthma Research at Northwestern and Lurie Children Hospital, studies these conditions which, like eczema, represent forms of atopy, hypersensitivity in which the body’s defenses overreact, potentially causing harm.