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Teenagers sought for allergy study

Scientists are to conduct the first ever study into how serious allergic reactions affect the lives of teenagers, with the aim of improving the treatment available.

Researchers at the University of Edinburgh are appealing for teenagers to take part in the experiment which will look at the adolescent experience of anaphylaxis.

Anaphylaxis, a severe allergic condition, affects at least 40,000 people in the UK and causes between 10 and 20 deaths annually.

Scientists will quiz participants on how they feel about their allergy and what they think might enable them to cope better.

Researchers will also ask parents about how they help teenagers deal with the condition, and about food labelling standards.

It is hoped the results of the study will help improve care and treatment on offer for teenagers with the condition.

Dr Michael Gallagher from the University of Edinburgh's School of Clinical Sciences and Community Health, said: "At the moment, specialist services for this age group are very limited.

"We hope that by finding out how it feels from a teenager's perspective, we can get a clearer idea of what would help them manage and live with their condition."

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"I feel that this very important, and unfortunately very much ignored. The effects on a child (and especially a teenager) of allergy can be enormous. From dietary problems to socialisation - it can be a real nightmare for them. Food labelling - while better in many cases than some years ago - is still very much a joke!" - S Hanrahan, Canterbury