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Monday, August 5, 2013

Race Linked to Childhood Food Allergies

I recently came across a study that suggested that there was a racial component to childhood food allergies. According to Haejim Kim, M.D, a Henry Ford allergist and lead author of the study,African Americans have a gene that makes them more susceptible to food allergen sensitization than white children at age 2.  Sensitization doesn't mean that the individual will necessarily experience allergy symptoms. The sensitized person's immune system produces a specific antibody to the allergen. More research is necessary to understand these findings. Interested in finding out more about race and food allergies read the source article for this blogpost here:

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