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Peanut allergies are on the rise, forcing a lot of parents to diligently check food labels. But those labels do not always tell the full story.
President Obama recently signed legislation encouraging states to keep emergency medicine in schools to give any student who gets a life-threatening allergic reaction, even if that child has no prescription for the drug. Maryland and Virginia are ahead of the curve.
Food allergies in children have risen 50 percent since the late 1990s, with Maryland and D.C. having some of the highest rates in the country. And no one knows why.
Virginia will soon be one of a growing number of states that uses a national data base to track the sale of Claritin-D and other over-the-counter allergy medicines.
Chesterfield County police are investigating the death of an elementary school pupil who apparently suffered an allergic reaction.