Today : Friday - Apr 25, 2014, 05:59am (GMT+5.5)
All News  
Top News
National News
International News
Business News
Sports News
   » Cricket
   » Football
Entertainment News
Sci - Tech
Politics News
Health & Fitness
Education
Travel
Lifestyle
Gulf News
Featured
 
::| Latest News
News in Pictures

Reliance Communications has made full repayment of two loans amounting to $1 billion (around Rs 6,000 crore), during the quarter ended June 30.The repayments have been from the company's rupee resources.

Sci - Tech
 

Children with food allergies are often victims of bullying: Study

Wednesday - Sep 29, 2010, 01:30am (GMT+5.5)
[+] Text [-]

Washington (ANI) - In the first study of its kind, researchers have found that 35 percent of kids with food allergies, who are over the age of five, have been victims of bullying as a result of their allergies.

Mount Sinai researchers have found that approximately 35 percent of children with food allergies, who are over the age of five, were reported to have experienced bullying, teasing, or harassment as a result of their allergies.

Of those experiencing teasing or harassment, 86 percent were reported to have experienced repeated episodes.

Classmates were the most common perpetrators, but surprisingly more than 20 percent reported harassment or teasing from teachers and other school staff.

Led by Scott H. Sicherer of the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, researchers analysed survey responses from 353 parents or caregivers of children with food allergies and food-allergic individuals.

"We know that food allergy in children affects quality of life and causes issues like anxiety, depression, and stress for them and their parents," said Sicherer.

"However, our study is the first to explore teasing, harassment and bullying behaviors aimed at these children. The results are disturbing, as they show that children not only have to struggle with managing their food allergies, but also commonly bear harassment from their peers," he said.

More than 43 percent were reported to have had the allergen waved in their face and 64 percent were reported as having experienced verbal teasing.

No allergic reactions resulted from the bullying, but approximately 65 percent reported resulting feelings of depression and embarrassment.

"Considering the seriousness of food allergy, these unwanted behaviors risk not only adverse emotional outcomes, but physical risks as well. It is clear that efforts to rectify this issue must address a better understanding of food allergies as well as strict no-bullying programs in schools," said Sicherer.

A previous study by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development showed that 17 percent of children in grades 6 through 10 reported being bullied.

The findings were reported in the Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology.





|

Rating (Votes: )   

blog comments powered by Disqus

Other Articles:
CT scans could detect heart disease (29th Sep, 2010)
Gut-invading worms befriend enemy T cells to trick immune system (28th Sep, 2010)
Baby boomers increase midlife suicide rate (28th Sep, 2010)
How breast cancer drug causes arthritis in some women (28th Sep, 2010)
Genetic ancestry has no effect on asthma response in African Americans (28th Sep, 2010)
Now, futuristic car that uses body as battery (28th Sep, 2010)
Google 'defames French user by linking his name to rape in searches' (28th Sep, 2010)
Search engine statistics can predict human behaviour (28th Sep, 2010)
New approach to fight HIV could spur vaccine development (28th Sep, 2010)
Viagra, anti-cancer drug combo shrinks tumors in vivo (28th Sep, 2010)
'Gentle' skin creams could give your baby eczema (28th Sep, 2010)
Complexity 'allows organisms to adapt to environmental change' (28th Sep, 2010)
Family, culture decide whether intelligence leads to education (28th Sep, 2010)
Exercise 'cuts risk of fractures in elderly' (28th Sep, 2010)
Surgery effective for aggressive prostate cancer patients (28th Sep, 2010)
Claims of sexual dysfunction in females overrated, says new book (28th Sep, 2010)
Protein could help in treatment of osteoporosis (28th Sep, 2010)
Electronic circuits to 'rewire brain connectivity post trauma' (28th Sep, 2010)
Electric cars more promising for 'cutting emissions and US oil imports' (28th Sep, 2010)
Vitamin supplements 'up skin cancer risk' (28th Sep, 2010)
Could a magnet on your head turn you from right to left-handed? (28th Sep, 2010)
Mindfulness meditation may alleviate fatigue, depression in MS patients (28th Sep, 2010)
Women who smoke 'four times more likely to have ectopic pregnancy' (28th Sep, 2010)
Acupuncture 'does not aid in stroke recovery' (28th Sep, 2010)
Coming soon: Unmanned robot aircraft to fly domestic skies (28th Sep, 2010)




Contact Us | Advertise with Us | Privacy Policy | Disclaimer | Terms of Use