Stories about: anaphylactic shock

This week on Thrive: April 12-16

Here’s a quick look at what Thrive was up to this week.

Children’s researchers found that in many cases kids with egg allergies could receive flu vaccinations made from egg embryos, and that performing a skin test prior to vaccination may not be necessary.

Claire McCarthy, MD, shared her thoughts on bullying and why so many adults fail to recognize the signs that bullying is taking place.

Susan Rudders, MD, talked about her research which found that one EpiPen may not have enough of a dosage to help a child in an anaphylactic shock as a result of a food allergy.

A recent outbreak of measles in Vancouver, as well as newly released study on a 2008 outbreak in the San Diego area, are raising questions about intentionally unvaccinated children and the potential health threat and costs they could pose to the public. Ronald Samuels, MD, MPH talked to Thrive about the dangers of unvaccination as well as common misconceptions about vaccination.

Washington Post writer Gene Weingarten recently won a Pulitzer Prize for an article he wrote on parents who accidentally left their kids in their cars—with fatal results.

Read one family’s story about traveling from California to Children’s Hospital Boston, so their baby, who was born with esophageal atresia, could receive special treatment.

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One EpiPen may not be enough

stockphotopro_639255auv_peanuts_A recent study by Children’s Hospital Boston found that children who suffer from severe food allergies should carry two EpiPens, because the dosage found in one may not be enough.

Susan Rudders, MD, of Children’s Division of Allergy and Immunology was first author on the study, which found that 12 percent of 1,200 children monitored who suffered anaphylactic shock as a result of a food allergy needed a second dose from an EpiPen to fully recover from their reaction.

Based on the findings, Rudders suggests that parents who keep EpiPens on hand for their food allergenic kids carry a second dose with them in case it’s needed during a severe reaction.

The study, done in conjunction with Massachusetts General Hospital, was published in the latest issue of Pediatrics. It was reported on by Booster Shots–the Los Angeles Times blog, The Boston Globe and WebMD health news.

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