Beginning in the mid-1990s, doctors began to see a rise in food allergies among children. On average, 2 to 8 percent of children today have a food allergy, said Dr. Alice Hoyt, a University of Virginia Health System allergist.

“The exact causes of food allergy and its rise are unclear, but many scientists are exploring hygiene-based hypotheses because hygiene has changed dramatically over the past 30 to 100 years: bathing, dishwashing, and food processing are different, and we take new medications and share the world with animals and with each other differently,” she said.

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“Transformative” is one of the descriptions repeated again and again in the enthusiastic letters University of Virginia students, faculty members and deans submitted for this year’s teaching award winners.

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Even with an undergraduate track in pre-med, Michelle Bonsu ─ who graduates this spring from the University of Virginia School of Nursing ─ describes her acclimation to nursing as “a marathon,” even while adding in the next breath that she’s “found exactly what [she’s] meant to do.”

Bonsu is earning a degree from the Nursing School’s Clinical Nurse Leader master’s program, a fast-track to nursing program for non-nurses entering the profession.

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University of Virginia student Daniel Naveed Tavakol will pursue his passion for tissue engineering in Switzerland after graduating in May.

Tavakol, a biomedical engineering major from Vienna, Virginia, has received a fellowship from the Whitaker International Program, which sends U.S. biomedical engineering students overseas to undertake a self-designed project. The program covers between $30,000 to $40,000, which includes travel expenses, a living stipend, an enrichment seminar and tuition costs up to $10,000.

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Soon, an online library of 375 books hand-picked by the founder of both the University of Virginia and its School of Law will be one click away.

Thomas Jefferson’s 1828 collection of law books, representing his vision for a holistic legal education at the Law School, will be digitized and curated on a website that will be free to the public. The Jefferson Trust, which provides discretionary funding for projects in pursuit of Jeffersonian ideals, earmarked nearly $30,000 for the Arthur J. Morris Library at UVA Law to execute the Digital 1828 Catalogue Collection Project.

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Voters who supported President Donald Trump in last year’s election have few regrets as Trump enters his 100th day in office this weekend, although his support is not uniformly firm. A new University of Virginia Center for Politics poll of Trump voters shows his approval rating at 93 percent with these voters, though just 42 percent “strongly approve” while 51 percent “somewhat approve.”

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They came into this world as “A” and “Z,” identical twins separated in age by 13 minutes.

Those who know Zachary and Alexander Nemtzow, members of the University of Virginia School of Law’s Class of 2017, would swear it’s the longest they have ever been apart.

“He was stubborn,” older brother Zach said of Alex’s delayed arrival into the world.

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A promising medical student’s exploration of unknown territory within the central nervous system has received a major boost from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, which has awarded him a prestigious one-year fellowship to focus exclusively on his research.

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President Teresa A. Sullivan today announced the appointment of Peter M. Grant II, a two-time University of Virginia graduate and stalwart supporter of the University, to chair UVA’s next capital campaign.

The campaign will be the most ambitious and comprehensive in University history, generating resources to help sustain excellence, achieve strategic goals, and further elevate the role of UVA as a preeminent national and global institution of higher education.

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While the rate of autism diagnoses has increased dramatically over the past two decades, knowledge about the disability and how to support those impacted by it is still limited. According to Bill Therrien, a professor of special education at the University of Virginia’s Curry School of Education, it will take a wide range of experts to continue working to understand autism, how best to diagnose it and support those diagnosed and their families. But he hopes there is something emerging at UVA that might make a difference.

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As the final notes of Monday night’s dress rehearsal faded away, the group of University of Virginia students remained silent for just a moment, held under the spell of what they and their classmates had created.

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University of Virginia physicist Cass Sackett isn’t sure if there is a bonafide, true, genuine and official National Physics Day or not (who decides such things anyway?). But as far as the UVA physics department is concerned, there is one indeed, even if it’s an event of the department’s own invention.

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He visited chronically ill patients at home, met their families and even took them grocery shopping.

He taught newly released felons about the risks of smoking and the importance of good nutrition.

He treated Charlottesville’s uninsured at the student-run free clinic that he co-founded.

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Mila Versteeg, a University of Virginia School of Law professor who studies the world’s constitutions, has been named a 2017 Andrew Carnegie Fellow.

Versteeg is one of 35 fellows nationally to each receive the $200,000 award, given by the Carnegie Corporation of New York to fund significant research and writing in the social sciences and humanities. The fellowship is the most generous stipend of its kind.

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Students in Gerald Warburg’s “Public Policy Challenges of the 21st Century” course had an impressive finale to a semester filled with prominent speakers from across the United States government and both sides of the political spectrum.

Congressman Tom Garrett (R) of Virginia’s 5th District and Congressman Gerry Connolly (D) of Virginia’s 11th District joined the class Monday afternoon to discuss bipartisanship and what they believe are the greatest challenges in American policy.

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A new technique developed at the University of Virginia School of Medicine will let a single cancer research lab do the work of dozens, dramatically accelerating the search for new treatments and cures. And the technique will benefit not just cancer research but research into every disease driven by gene mutations, from cystic fibrosis to Alzheimer’s disease – ultimately enabling customized treatments for patients in a way never before possible.

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Jahvonta Mason has had a busy four years at the University of Virginia. He has a record of leadership in multiple student organizations, but what Mason prides himself on most is that his many involvements have left him “rich in friends from across the University.”

The St. Louis native and Lawn resident has chaired the Black Male Initiative, served as student member of UVA’s Bicentennial Commission, led diversity initiatives as a member of student council and worked as president of his fraternity, Phi Kappa Psi – just to name a few.

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Corporate executive and management expert Jenifer Andrasko, a former U.S. Navy pilot, mission commander and NATO officer, will be the University of Virginia Alumni Association’s next president and CEO, the organization’s Board of Managers announced.

The selection of Andrasko, 39, who received her MBA from UVA’s Darden School of Business in 2010, will be the first woman president of the Alumni Association, which will have its 179th anniversary July 4.

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Grammy Award-winning DJ and producer 9th Wonder put hip-hop front and center at the University of Virginia.

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“What makes you happy? What do you want to be when you grow up?” University of Virginia student volunteer Mahnoor Khurshid asked the children she tutors.

Then she took photos of them, with titles like “The Next Steve Jobs” and “The Next Picasso,” simple photos of young hands doing things: poised over a laptop or figuring math problems with pencil and paper.

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