Exposure May Tame Peanut Allergy

Some children allergy free after new treatment
By Ambreen Ali,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 16, 2009 1:45 AM CDT
Exposure May Tame Peanut Allergy
Dr. Wesley Burks speaks with 4 year-old Ashlyn Chadwick and her mother about Ashlyn's peanut allergies at a Duke University clinic last week.   (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

Peanut allergy treatment may be just a few years away, now that preliminary studies have discovered that some children can develop tolerance with minute doses of peanuts under careful clinical supervision, say researchers. Peanut and tree nut allergies limit the diets of 3 million Americans, the New York Times reports. Half of the 150 food allergy deaths in the US are due to peanuts, yet there is currently no effective treatment.
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