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The Peanut Allergy Puzzle


Alton C. Melton, M.D. - Section Head Pediatric Allergy & Immunology at the Cleveland Clinic

Friday October 19, 2007
12:30-1:30 p.m.
Crawford Hall - Room 9
Inamori Center
Case Western Reserve University

Peanut Allergies are reported to affect approximately 1.5 million people in the United States, and account for 80 percent of fatal or near-fatal allergic reactions each year. Schools and day-care centers are expected to have procedures to protect children who are vulnerable. Food product labels warn us if the food is processed on equipment that is also used for peanuts or tree nuts.

Yet, twenty years ago, few people had heard of this allergy. The prevalence of peanut allergy has doubled in young American children in the last five years.

What is going on, and what should be done about it?

Dr. Melton will help us understand the science and lead discussion about what can be done at our weekly gathering. The Friday Lunch is a brown-bag event open to all. Cookies and some beverages are provided.

The remainder of this e-mail reports what we know about the schedule for the rest of the semester. We will be sending out announcements each week. If you would prefer not to receive the announcements, please inform Dr. Andrew Lucker, Associate Director of the Center for Policy Studies, by e-mail (

About Our Guests

Alton C. Melton earned his B.A. and M.D. degrees at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He also had a fellowship at Duke University Medical Center and did his Residency at Shands Hospital of the University of Florida. In addition to his clinical work, Dr. Melton has published a series of articles on both asthma care and latex allergies – the latter being another condition that seems to have appeared suddenly around 1980.

Friday Lunch and Other Public Affairs Upcoming Topics and Speakers:

Oct 19: The Peanut Allergy Puzzle. Dr. Alton Melton, Section Head, Pediatric Allergy and Immunology, Cleveland Clinic Children's Hospital.

October 26: Kathryn C. Lavelle, Ph.D., Ellen and Dixon Long Associate Professor of World Affairs at Case Western Reserve University, on the Domestic Politics of Darfur

November 2: European Terrorism Past and Present. Kenneth Ledford, Ph.D., J.D., Associate Professor of History and Law, Case Western Reserve University

November 9: Jane Platten, Director of the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections, on Can the machines work, securely? Will the poll-workers know how to operate them? Will new rules about identification deprive people of their right to vote?: A Post Election Report.

November 16: Journalistic Ethics. Ted Gup, Shirley Wormser Professor of Journalism at Case Western Reserve University and Chris Sherridan, former associate editor and award-winning editorial writer and columnist for the Cleveland Plain Dealer and special assistant to CWRU President Barbara Snyder

November 23: Thanksgiving Break

November 30: Nico Lacetara, Assistant Professor of Economics, will talk about, "What Motivates Blood Donors?"

December 7: TBA

The Friday Lunch will resume for the Spring semester on January 18, with Robert Strassfeld, Professor of Law, leading a discussion on 'How to End a War.

The Friday Lunch discussions are held on the lower (ground) level of
Crawford Hall.  Visitors with mobility issues may find it easiest to take advantage of special arrangements we have made.  On most Fridays, a few parking spaces in the V.I.P. lot in between Crawford Hall and Amasa Stone Chapel are held for participants in the lunch discussion. 

Visitors then can avoid walking up the hill to the first floor of Crawford by entering the building on the ground level, through the garage area under the building.  The further door on the left in that garage will be left unlocked during the period before the Friday lunch.  On occasion, parking will be unavailable because of other university events.

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October 15, 2007

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Upcoming Events

What a Mighty Power We Can Be: African American Fraternal Groups and the Struggle for Equal Rights

Theda Skocpol, Ph.D.
Victor S. Thomas Professor of Government and Sociology
Harvard University

Thursday October 25, 2007
Ford Auditorium - Allen Memorial Medical Library
4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Case Western Reserve University

THEDA SKOCPOL is the Victor S. Thomas Professor of Government and Sociology. From 2005 to 2007, she served as Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. From 2000 to 2006, Skocpol served as Director of the Center for American Political Studies at Harvard, expanding this center from a tiny operation within one department into a broadly interdisciplinary center supporting joint faculty projects and graduate and undergraduate research on all aspects of modern U.S. politics. Skocpol received her BA in 1969 from Michigan State University and her PhD in 1975 from Harvard University. She is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Philosophical Society, and has held fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, the Russell Sage Foundation, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

The Invisible Primary: Money, Media & Polls in the 2008 Presidential Race

Thomas Patterson, Ph.D.
Bradlee Professor of Government and the Press,
John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University

Monday November 12, 2007
4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Ford Auditorium - Allen Memorial Medical Library
4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Case Western Reserve University

THOMAS E. PATTERSON is Bradlee Professor of Government and the Press. His most recent book, The Vanishing Voter, looks at the causes and consequences of declining electoral participation. His book on the media's political role, Out of Order, received the American Political Science Association's Graber Award as the best book of the decade in political communication. An earlier book, The Unseeing Eye, was named by the American Association for Public Opinion Research as one of the 50 most influential books on public opinion in the past half century. He also is author of Mass Media Election and two general American government texts: The American Democracy and We the People. His articles have appeared in Political Communication, Journal of Communication, and other academic journals, as well as in the popular press. His research has been funded by the Ford, Markle, Smith-Richardson, Pew, and National Science foundations. Patterson received his PhD from the University of Minnesota in 1971.

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