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Student health: Peanut allergy risk factors on campus and in the dining hall

Nut allergiesWhen talking about campus safety, most people think about crime on college campuses. What they may not think about are the health risks for people with severe allergies. Following the death of Natalie Giorgi, a thirteen year old with a severe peanut allergy, who had a deadly allergic reaction after inadvertently ingesting a treat at camp containing peanut butter, peanut allergies are again making the news. While children receive the majority of attention on this topic, college students face risks from not only dorm room treat sharing, but also from lax administrative policies. If you have a nut allergy, what risk factors do you face on campus or in the dining hall? If you are working with children as part of your academic program, what steps should you take to keep young students safe? Read more