A very interesting study attempting to quantify the cost of childhood food allergies. They came up with a staggering total of $25 billion dollars a year. The biggest chunk of this was lost parental revenue at $14 billion. This underscores the need for not only better understanding of the causes of the increasing incidence of food allergies, but also better treatment options.
A recent review of asthma in pregnancy (AiP) confirms the long-held notion that the most important thing to do with AiP is to treat mom’s asthma. The risk to the fetus from a bad asthma exacerbation far outweighs the risks of regular medications. Frequent monitoring is also important.