Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Recognition for Allergic Girl Article

If the Chicago Tribune's investigative reporting on food labels was a high point of 2008, then a low point would have to be Meredith Broussard's hatchet jobs against the well-regarded Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network (FAAN), which Broussard recently attacked again with this Huffington Post item in which she still seems to be one of the only people in the world who would insist that the FAAN estimate of 150-200 deaths-by-allergy per year is a wild exaggeration.

Even if Broussard is right that the "real number" is actually 11, it's still a minor difference in terms of the entire US population—and a negligible quibble with FAAN considering how helpful the organization has been in educating families and the general public about allergies.

So it's great that Sloane "Allergic Girl" Miller took on Broussard in the article "Everyone's Gone Nuts" (January 11, 2008). This interview with pediatric allergist Mike Pistiner just won third place in the Samter Journalism Awards, developed by the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI) "to recognize the best reporting of the role of the allergist/immunologist and allergy, asthma and immunologic disease."

Yaaaai, Allergic Girl!

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