Teens at risk
The results of two interesting studies were reported at the spring 2006 meeting of the Amercian Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology - both involving teenagers.
The Kissing Game
Peanut-allergic people, particularly teenagers, need to know the risks of kissing someone who has recently eaten peanuts, even if they have brushed their teeth.
Jennifer M Maloney, MD, Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York and colleagues looked to find out how much peanut allergen was in saliva
following a meal. Their study also measured the level of peanut allergen in saliva after people attempted to remove it via brushing their teeth.
A sizeable number of food-allergic teens admit to risk-taking that varies by social circumstances and perceived risks.
More information from the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology
First published in September 2009
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