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How dangerous is food allergy in childhood? The incidence of severe and fatal allergic reactions across the UK and Ireland
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    Dear Editor

    We thank Bock et al. for their interest in our article. We respect their views on the interpretation of the data but it is of course for each reader to come to their own opinion on these. We would like to respond to their comments on the accuracy and valididity of our data.

    Did our paper under-ascertain deaths? Bock et al. base their concerns on our methods of case ascertainment...

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    Incidence of Severe and Fatal Reactions to Foods
    • S Allan Bock, MD, Allergist
    • Other Contributors:
      • Jonathan Hourihane, David Reading, Pete Smith, David Hill, Gideon Lack, Anne Munoz-Furlong

    Dear Editor

    Although the article by Macdougall et al. [1] regarding the incidence of severe and fatal reactions to food would be seem to be reassuring, we would like to express some concerns and raise some questions about the data presented. The first question is whether the ascertainment of cases is really as complete as the authors suggest. We acknowledge that the UK medical system may allow better r...

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    The importance of managing food allergy among children

    Dear Editor

    As a patient organisation supporting people with severe allergies, the Anaphylaxis Campaign views with some concern your report entitled “How dangerous is food allergy in childhood?” [1]

    The authors conclude that the risk of a fatal allergic reaction among children under 13 is small, and the inference seems to be that the problem has been vastly exaggerated.

    No one would argue that parent...

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    How dangerous is food allergy?
    • Jane Salter, MD
    • Other Contributors:
      • Peter Vadas MD, Saral Mehra, James Cairns MD, Gordon Sussman MD

    Dear Editor

    Re: Macdougall C. How dangerous is food allergy in childhood? The incidence of severe and fatal allergic reactions across the UK and Ireland.[1] I would like to share a Canadian perspective on anaphylaxis deaths, as our findings and conclusions differ from those of Drs CF Macdougall et al. Their British study found that 8 children died from food-related anaphylaxis over a 10-year period in the UK...

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