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Childhood food allergy has become a major public health problem. Concern over the rapidly rising incidence of food allergy is magnified by the extremely rare but devastating consequences of sudden death in a healthy child.

The HealthNuts study of 5,300 children is the world's first comprehensive population-based study of food allergy with objective measurement of true food allergy. It will enable us to better understand the natural history of allergic disorders including food allergy, asthma, eczema and hay fever and the risk factors for developing these conditions in the first six years of life. The study will have important implications for clinical guidelines and public health policy.

Past and current HealthNuts newsletters:

Newsletter 2010

Newsletter 2011

Newsletter 2012

Newsletter 2013-2014


Age 4 year old phase

As children turn 4 years of age, we're asking parents to fill out a short questionnaire, and any HealthNuts children we've seen previously or those who report a new food allergy are being invited to the RCH for further allergy testing.


Age 6 year old phase

As children turn 6 years of age, we're contacting parents again to fill out a short questionnaire, and ALL HealthNuts children are being invited to have a free allergy health check.