Allergies

School nurses are sorely needed, but often absent

Two women stand in two different open doorways that face a hallway.
A medical assistant and a family nurse practitioner who work in Thronton High School's health clinic in Colorado. Photo: RJ Sangosti/The Denver Post via Getty Images

About 25% of schools across the country have no nurse on staff, while 40% have only a part-time nurse, according to National Association of School Nurses data reported by USA Today.

The big picture: If students “don’t have access to a trained medical professional, and something happens, we could be looking at a catastrophe,” a parent leader in Manhattan's Upper West Side told the Wall Street Journal last year in a report that found New York City is undergoing the worst school nurse shortage in 15 years.

Food allergies more common among adults in the U.S.

Illustration of a grocery bag with warning labels for milk, sesame, eggs, wheat, and shellfish.
Illustration:Aïda Amer/Axios

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.