Tuesday, November 15, 2016 02:00 AM

COLLEGES NOT FULLY PREPARED FOR STUDENTS WITH FOOD ALLERGIES: STUDY

FRIDAY, Nov. 11, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Most colleges don't have comprehensive programs to support students with food allergies, putting them at risk for life-threatening allergic[1] reactions, according to a new study.

"Our study found that while many colleges offer support for students with food allergy[2] in the dining hall, the same support doesn't carry over to organized sports, dormitories or social events" said lead author Dr. Ruchi Gupta, an associate professor of pediatrics at Northwestern University.

"That leaves students feeling vulnerable and scrambling to inform all the various departments of their needs," she added in a news release from the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI).

The study also found that students with food allergies are willing to help educate others on campus about food allergies.

"Parents tell us they need to educate everyone, literally everyone -- professors, other students, the librarian and the person putting food on your kid's plate," Gupta said. "Giving a student support from peers, staff and the college itself is critical in providing a safe and positive environment."

The research was to ...

News source: MedicineNet

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