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Food Allergies Common among Children and Linked to Environmental Allergies and Asthma Later in Life, Suggests Largest-Ever National Allergy Study
Date:5/17/2011

red Medicaid plans. Children five years of age and younger enrolled in Medicaid were 18% less likely to be tested than children of the same age group covered by private health insurance, suggesting that economically disadvantaged children may be less likely to be tested at early ages. Other research demonstrates that early intervention can minimize the likelihood of progression to more severe allergic diseases, including asthma.

"Quest Diagnostics' findings provide compelling evidence that economically disadvantaged children are less likely to receive the level of health care that can promote favorable outcomes," said Gary Puckrein, Ph.D., executive director, Alliance of Minority Medical Associations, and a report advisor. "This research should prompt policy makers, physicians, and, of course, parents to consider how different types of health plans may impact the quality of the health services our children receive."

Methodology of the Quest Diagnostics Health Trends Report Allergies Across America

The Allergies Across America study is broadly representative of the overall population of patients seeking medical care for allergy-like symptoms from healthcare professionals in the U.S. It includes de-identified test results of patients from infancy to 70 years of age living in every U.S. state and the district of Columbia. The study did not track individual patients longitudinally, so age-related patterns do not necessarily imply that specific individuals developed other allergy conditions or asthma over time.  However, the pattern of allergen sensitivity observed in this study is consistent with other, but smaller cross-sectional studies.

The study was based on de-identified results of testing in Quest Diagnostics clinical laboratories using the ImmunoCAP® specific immunoglobulin E (IgE) blood test, the "gold standard" of allergy blood tests. IgE is an antibody in blood produced by the body's immune sy
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