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(2013) Allergy Statistics. American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology. Available online at http://www.aaaai.org/about-the-aaaai/newsroom/allergy-statistics.aspx through http://www.aaaai.org. Accessed September 2013.

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(2013) Food Allergy. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Available online at http://www.niaid.nih.gov/topics/foodallergy/Pages/default.aspx through http://www.niaid.nih.gov. Accessed September 2013.

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(December 2010) Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Food Allergy in the United States, Summary of the NIAID-Sponsored Expert Panel Report. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Available online at http://www.niaid.nih.gov/topics/foodAllergy/clinical/Documents/FAGuidelinesExecSummary.pdf through http://www.niaid.nih.gov. Accessed September 2013.

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American Academy of Family Physicians (1999, January 15). Food Allergies—Just the Facts. American Family Physician [On-line serial]. Available online at http://www.aafp.org/afp/990115ap/990115f.html through http://www.aafp.org.

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Mayo Clinic Staff (2009 June 24). Allergy medications: Know your options. MayoClinic.com [On-line information]. Available online at http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/allergy-medications/AA00037/METHOD=print through http://www.mayoclinic.com. Accessed February 2010.

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