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Groundbreaking new research has found that nearly 11% of U.S. adults have a food allergy, more than many expected, with a substantial number acquiring the allergies as adults.

Why it matters: Allergies force major accommodations to protect the vulnerable. This is a problem you'd expect to lessen with modern medicine, but it seems to be getting worse.

The WSJ recaps some theories behind the rise:

  • "[I]ncreasing use of antibiotics"
  • "[R]ising rates of C-sections"
  • "[I]ncreasingly sterile environments"

Between the lines: Researchers don't know if this problem is new, because it's never been studied like this before.

  • But doctors told the WSJ that, anecdotally, they're seeing more adult-onset patients.
  • Flashback to WSJ in 2017: "The rate of reports of severe allergic reactions to foods like peanuts has increased by nearly five times over the past decade, according to a new analysis of private insurance claims."

By the numbers, per the Journal: Nearly twice as many Americans think they have a food allergy and have symptoms consistent with a diagnosis.

  • 7.2% of women reported an adult-onset allergy vs. 3% of men, per the JAMA study the WSJ cites.
  • "[A]bout half of adult shellfish and wheat allergies developed after age 17, while fewer than one in five peanut allergies first appeared during adulthood."

The bottom line: These adult-onset allergies can be life-changing, affecting far more people than just the diagnosed.

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A PAC backing Sen. Susan Collins in her high-stakes reelection campaign received $150,000 from an entity linked to the wife of a defense contractor whose firm Collins helped land a federal contract, new public records show.

Why it matters: The executive, Martin Kao of Honolulu, leaned heavily on his political connections to boost his business, federal prosecutors say in an ongoing criminal case against him. The donation linked to Kao was veiled until last week.

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Companies pulling back on political donations, particularly to members of Congress who voted against certifying President Biden's election win, could inadvertently push Republicans to embrace their party's rightward fringe.

Why it matters: Scores of corporate PACs have paused, scaled back or entirely abandoned their political giving programs. While designed to distance those companies from events that coincided with this month's deadly siege on the U.S. Capitol, research suggests the moves could actually empower the far-right.

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Why it matters: Senators are looking for a way to condemn Trump on the record as it becomes increasingly unlikely Democrats will obtain the 17 Republican votes needed to gain a conviction in his second impeachment.