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News from the Allergy Diagnostic Unit

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Szema&kidsAnthony Szema, Head of the Allergy Diagnostic Unit at Stony Brook University Medical Center, attended Eugene Auer Memorial Elementary School’s Health Day on February 25. He visited with second graders and discussed peanut allergy, calling 911 for emergencies, and how to use an epi pen. Students also learned about medic alert bracelets and to avoid sharing food.

Szema’s office is located at 26 Research Way in East Setauket, where one of the services he performs is skin prick testing for food allergies. A combined lecture with pediatric gastroenterology and clinical pediatric allergy/immunology will be held on Wednesday, March 24, at 7:00 pm at the Long Island State Veterans Home.

On February 19 Szema and medical intern Walid Salihi attended the first academic conference on burn pits in Iraq and Afghanistan. Held at the National Jewish Health main campus in Denver, Colorado, Szema lectured on “New-Onset Asthma Among Soldiers in Iraq.” Szema’s book, Rogue Bee, is about Lt. Col. Darrin Curtis, who risked his career trying to stop burn pits in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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