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Doctors developed a way of building tolerance which could save lives

The end for fatal peanut allergies? Doctors have developed a way of building tolerance which could save lives

  • Evelina London Children’s Hospital and King’s College London tested 500 children aged four to 17 
  • Doses of the peanut protein or a placebo were increased gradually over the 12-month trial 
  • After being unable to eat a tenth of a peanut at the start, by the end 67 per cent of those on the protein could eat two whole nuts 

People with potentially fatal peanut allergies could be protected for the first time from eating them unwittingly after doctors developed a way of building tolerance.

Evelina London Children’s Hospital and King’s College London tested 500 children aged four to 17 who received peanut protein or a placebo.

Doses were increased gradually over the 12-month trial. After being unable to eat a tenth of a peanut at the start, by the end 67 per cent of those on the protein could eat two whole nuts, compared with just 4 per cent given the placebo, the study in the New England Journal of Medicine revealed.

Evelina London Children’s Hospital and King’s College London tested 500 children aged four to 17 who received peanut protein or a placebo. Stock picture of monkey nuts

 

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