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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
Kids Freed from Peanut Allergies in British Trial
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)

(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.

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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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