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Study: You Should Be Feeding Your Baby Peanuts

Study on infants a game changer, experts say

(Newser) - The steep rise in peanut allergies in recent years may have been caused by parents deciding not to feed their children peanuts, according to a new study that the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases says has "the potential to transform how we approach food... More »

Scientists Take Big Step Toward Peanut Allergy Cure

Study sees 80% of sufferers improved

(Newser) - As many as three million Americans may be allergic to peanuts, the Huffington Post has reported, with one study suggesting that the number of kids with the allergy doubled between 1997 and 2002. But those who are affected may have a reason to smile: A new study could point the... More »

College Student Killed by Peanut Allergy

Chandler Swink somehow came in contact with peanut butter at friend's apartment

(Newser) - A 19-year-old college student in Michigan has died after accidentally coming into contact with peanut butter at a friend's apartment on Nov. 19. The Oakland Press reports that Chandler Swink was diagnosed at age two with the most severe level of nut allergy—level six. Someone at the apartment... More »

What We Do to Peanuts Causes Allergies

Dry-roasted nuts trigger strong immune system response

(Newser) - People in East Asia eat just as many peanuts as people in North America and Europe but have much lower rates of peanut allergy; researchers believe they now know why. Scientists injected mice with proteins from peanuts that had been dry-roasted and from raw peanuts and found that the roasted... More »

Pregnant Moms: You Can Eat Nuts After All

They will protect your child from allergies, research says

(Newser) - Munching on nuts during pregnancy: a benefit or a hazard? Contradicting an earlier study, researchers say that nut-eating while pregnant lowers the chance of the child developing a peanut or tree-nut allergy, Huffington Post reports. Researchers compared data on more than 8,200 children with their mothers' diets, and found... More »

Boy's Peanut Allergy Cured by Bone Marrow Transplant?

Boy, 10, remains peanut allergy-free—and cancer-free, too

(Newser) - A bone marrow transplant is thought to have cured both the cancer and the peanut allergy of a 10-year-old boy, LiveScience reports. The boy, who was being treated for acute lymphoblastic leukemia, remains both cancer- and peanut allergy-free, doctors said at a meeting of the American College of Allergy, Asthma,... More »

Dodgers Beating Witness Dies Suddenly

Key witness in Stow case dies from peanut allergy

(Newser) - The case against two men accused of beating Giants fan Bryan Stow into a coma outside Dodger Stadium has been dealt a serious setback by a salad. Key witness Matthew Lee, who was also assaulted by Stow's attackers, died suddenly on the weekend, apparently after suffering an allergic reaction... More »

1 in 13 US Kids Has Food Allergy

New research doubles government estimate

(Newser) - One in 13 American kids suffers from food allergies, a study finds: That’s 6 million children, double the number most recently estimated by the CDC. Some 40% of them have severe reactions to the foods in question, most commonly peanuts and milk, a figure researchers say emphasizes the fact... More »

Wife: Hubby's Ex Tried to Assault Me With Peanut Butter

Peanut butter-smeared letter could lead to charges

(Newser) - Anyone might find a letter smeared with peanut butter a bit odd, but one woman considered it … assault. The woman says her husband’s ex-wife sent him the letter, and since she’s highly allergic to peanuts, she believes it was actually an attempt to harm her. She found... More »

DoT: Oops, We Can't Ban Peanuts on Planes

Allergy sufferers are out of luck

(Newser) - The Department of Transportation has been publicly considering banning or restricting the distribution of peanuts on airplanes, in deference to those with severe allergies. But when it issued its latest airline rules yesterday, it revealed that it literally couldn’t do anything—thanks to a 12-year-old law specifically preventing them... More »

Parents to School: Boot Girl With Peanut Allergy

Floridians angered by regulations to keep 6-year-old alive

(Newser) - A 6-year-old in Florida suffers from a peanut allergy so severe and life-threatening it's considered a disability—but the parents of her classmates aren’t exactly showering her with sympathy. Instead, they’re demanding she be booted from the class and home-schooled because of the nuisance she’s causing to... More »

Kids Freed from Peanut Allergies in British Trial

Gradual introduction successfully desensitizes sufferers

(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... More »

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