Monday, March 16, 2009

Peanut Allergy Treatment?

Great news for children who suffer from peanut allergies--and for their parents: The American Academy of Allergy has found potentially effective treatment. Tara Parker-Pope reported in her Well blog yesterday that "two new studies...raise the possibility of a cure for this potentially life-threatening condition."

As many of us know--or have heard--nut allergies are fairly common. There are over 3 million sufferers in the U.S. alone.

The treatment researchers worked with involved developing a tolerance to peanuts, over a prolonged period of time and while under intense medical supervision. (That's right Mamas, you shouldn't try this at home.)

Dr. Wesley Burks, chief of the division of pediatric allergy and immunology at Duke University Medical Center and researcher in this study, said that there are plans to continue and expand the study over the next few years. The hope, of course, is to find a cure.

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