Kids Freed from Peanut Allergies in British Trial

Gradual introduction successfully desensitizes sufferers
By Jane Yager,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 22, 2010 9:15 AM CST
NEW YORK - OCTOBER 30: Actor Alan Cumming dives into the pile of peanuts during the Performa 09 Opening Night Benefit Dinner at X Initiative on October 30, 2009 in New York City.   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – A pilot trial in Britain has shown success in desensitizing peanut allergies, giving scientists hope that a cure is in sight. In the pilot, 20 of 23 sufferers became able to eat 30 peanuts safely, after ingesting increasing doses of peanut flour over a year, freeing them from having to pore over food labels looking for trace amounts of nuts, BBC reports.

The trial will now be expanded to104 kids with peanut allergies, which are increasingly rampant and can cause potentially fatal anaphylaxis. But despite the promising results, you absolutely shouldn’t try a do-it-yourself peanut allergy cure at home, doctors warn. (Read more peanut allergy stories.)

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