A cure for peanut allergies? - Macleans.ca

A cure for peanut allergies?

The largest ever trial suggests treatment is on the horizon


A cure for peanut allergies could soon become a reality, Cambridge scientists say, as they’re set to begin the largest-ever trial to find a treatment for potentially fatal allergies. The team will give increasing doses of peanut flour to 104 British children, the BBC reports, the equivalent of five nuts a day. In an earlier study, 20 of 23 sufferers could eat more than 30 peanuts safely. The trial will involve more than 100 seven- to 17-year-olds, and will be carried out over three years. The peanut flour doses, which will begin at about one milligram, will be added to yogurt. Researchers warned people against attempting such trials at home.


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