Peanut Allergy Research

By Heather Legg

Recent research evidence shows us two interesting findings regarding peanut allergies. The first one is that boys are more likely diagnosed than girls with having a peanut allergy. The second is that children from homes with higher income are more likely to be diagnosed.

In a study recently published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology by Edinburgh University researchers looked at data of peanut allergies and examined the records of almost three million patients. They studied records from over 400 GP practices in England from the years 2001 to 2005.

As far as the first finding, the data showed that babies and younger boys were 30% more likely to be diagnosed than girls of the same age but as boys and girls got older, the gap narrowed. As adults, more women are diagnosed. This could also be due to the fact that women are more prone to go to the doctor than men and teenage boys are, or there is some question that it may be due to the change in hormones at puberty. AS I am thinking about who I know who has allergies, I can’t decide if maybe that for those I know with allergies, it is more boys than girls.

For the finding that those from a higher income are more commonly diagnosed, the fact of medical care is a relevant factor. People in higher income brackets tend to have better health care and are more apt to seek medical help and advice. They are also more likely to seek care from an allergist or specialist. Some experts believe this finding to be fairly invalid as there is “inequality of access” of medical care.

I personally am not so sure what this medical study has to offer, maybe keep a closer on our boys, but girls are affected, too. Maybe those in lower socioeconomic groups will be inspired to have their children checked, too, but then again with all of the false positives coming up, sometimes that is questionable, too. I think it is always valuable to look into further information regarding allergies, even it simply means that people out there are trying to better understand something that is so prevalent yet so confusing.

for more on this topic and for the full article, go to http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-12364160.

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