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New Treatment May Help Children with Peanut Allergy

Shehan Nanayakkara Holding Plate Of Peanuts
Shehan Nanayakkara has built up a tolerance for
peanuts through the new program

New Treatment May Help Children with Peanut Allergy

Could desensitization be the holy grail of treating children with peanut allergies? Pediatric allergist Dr. Billy Tao of Flinders Medical Centre in South Australia is showing promising results with a two-step desensitization process that first involves boiling peanuts for an extended length of time to make them less allergenic. If the child shows no signs of an allergic reaction, roasted peanuts are given to increase their tolerance. But don’t try it at home! Read about this exciting research here. 

by Jane Trembath
November 4, 2015

A new study is successfully helping children to overcome peanut allergies by exposing them to peanuts and desensitising them to their allergy.

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Antibiotic overuse might be why so many people have allergies

We are all familiar with the warnings that overuse of antibiotics can lead to drug-resistant bacteria. But researchers are now finding that antibiotic overuse might also be a cause of allergies. This applies to antibiotics pregnant mothers take as well.

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Various pills. Credit: Wikipedia

Antibiotic overuse might be why so many people have allergies

By Avery August
September 28, 2015

Scientists have warned for decades that the overuse of antibiotics leads to the development of drug-resistant bacteria, making it harder to fight infectious disease. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that drug resistant bacteria cause 23,000 deaths and two million illnesses each year.

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Peanut Allergy: The Paradigm-Changing Research

Child holding peanut in front of her face
Dr. Matthew J. Greenhawt, MD, MBA, MSc
Dr. Matthew J. Greenhawt, MD, MBA, MSc

Here’s a great interview with Dr. Matthew Greenhawt on the latest research regarding  early peanut introduction for high risk infants in order to prevent peanut allergies later in life. The results are quite remarkable and will hopefully lead to official protocols after additional studies are completed.

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