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Many Parents Who Think They Have Food Allergies Actually Don’t

When kids have food allergies, the children’s parents may think they have food allergies too, but this is often not the case, a new study found.

The study, which involved only parents of kids with food allergies, showed that many parents who reported also having food allergies didn’t actually have any. In fact, when the researchers conducted allergy tests on parents who thought they had these allergies, more than 70 percent of these parents tested negative.

The study calls into question the reliability of people’s self-reports of allergies, the researchers said. The findings are also surprising, given that parents whose children have food allergies might be expected to have more knowledge than people in general about what counts as a food allergy, the researchers said.

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Father’s Day Food Memories

Even though Father’s Day is about six months off from Hannukah, it always makes me think of my taciturn father’s potato pancakes.

Made in a large, battered cast iron pan, these latkes were always perfect: crisp outside, juicy inside, delicious whether with sour cream, sugar, apple sauce, or just plain. My brother and I tried them every way.

I loved to watch my father cook, as patient as a scientist, as skilled as a musician playing a piece he’s performed more times than he can remember. Sometimes he even made what he called a potato babka: pouring the batter into a large loaf pan and baking it.

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Graduating With a Diploma in Food Allergy Life

My nails will be painted. I will sit up tall in the white wooden chairs used only for special occasions, as I fiddle with the edges of the program. The room, lined with graduation photos and decorations, will vibrate with excitement and emotion. I will resemble the other parents today. Only, I don’t know if I will feel the same as they do. They will be filled with well-deserved pride as they watch their hard-working high school seniors transition to their new lives. We will hear inspiring speeches, laugh and maybe even shed a tear or two. I won’t be thinking about my son’s future college or about how diligent he worked, this is almost secondary to me.

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Dear Teacher of my Food Allergic Child

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I wish I had written this letter in the Fall, when school started. As a teacher, you are the next most important and influential person in my child’s life. As the school year ends, cards and gifts will flow to you with words of gratitude and how teachers change the world one child at a time. I appreciate your endless hours, thankless moments where you are up until midnight preparing for the next day. I am grateful for your ongoing education and creativity in finding ways to make old subjects sound new and fresh.

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Chipotle Restaurants Linked to Food Poisonings

Chipotle Mexican Grill, one of the most popular restaurant chains with teens, is under fire after its locations have been linked to food poisonings. More than 50 people in nine states have contracted E. coli from the restaurants. E. coli is a bacterium that can cause severe stomach pain, diarrhea, and vomiting. In Boston, more than 100 college students were sickened by norovirus, an easily transmitted virus that causes nausea and vomiting. These food-borne illnesses have landed some people in the hospital, but have caused no deaths so far.

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