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 hayfever and the relationship of risk
factors for development of these conditions in the first six years
of life. The study will have important implications for clinical
guidelines and public health policy.
For HealthNuts Participants - Vitamin D Study
The HealthNuts study is also looking at whether or not the level
of vitamin D found in an infant's blood at birth, or in early life,
contributes to food allergy risk.
You may recall that we contacted you a little while ago for
consent to access your child's Newborn Screening Card. This card
contains spots of blood that were taken from a heel prick performed
on your child in their first few days of life. Using new
technology, we'd like to measure the amount of vitamin D in the
blood spots on these cards.
If you didn't receive a consent form or haven't yet returned it
you can either:
- Click on the Consent Form below and mail it to us (address
on Consent Form, no stamp needed) OR
- Visit www.surveymonkey.com/s/vitDstudy
and complete the Consent Form online
Please click on the study information below for more
Vitamin D study