Over-diagnosed but under-treated
A story in today’s Boston Globe (Peanut allergy epidemic may be overstated) devotes its first 19 paragraphs to arguing that reports of the prevalence and growth of peanut butter allergy are overblown. It’s just a bunch of anecdotal evidence and fussy parents, according to the author.
Then we get to the very last paragraph of the story:
[D]espite their best attempts to avoid peanuts and carefully read labels, the average person with true peanut allergy still gets a reaction every three to five years. Yet only one in three parents of allergic children has a potentially life-saving dose of EpiPen nearby and knows how to use it. [Emphasis mine.] Affected children should never be without an EpiPen and someone who knows how to use it.
Isn’t that the part of the story that’s newsworthy?January 30, 2006