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Opinion: Assessing the value of new food allergy treatments must include quality of life

Breakthrough treatments in immunotherapy offer people with food allergies a choice beyond avoiding foods, a shot of epinephrine, and a trip to the emergency room.

Walk into any classroom in America today and you’ll likely find at least two children with a food allergy. More than 40% of such children have experienced a serious allergic reaction such as anaphylaxis, a severe, potentially life-threatening allergic reaction that can occur suddenly after exposure to something you’re allergic to, such as peanuts.

This epidemic doesn’t just affect children: 1 in 10 adults in the U.S. have at least one food allergy. More than are currently living with food allergies. That’s the combined population of New

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