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Young people can be desensitized to peanut allergy through controlled, escalating exposure: Study

Young people can be desensitized to peanut allergy through controlled, escalating exposure: Study

A large study provides the strongest evidence that children and teenagers can be desensitized to peanut allergies through controlled, escalating exposure to a substance that could otherwise trigger a life-threatening reaction - an advance that specialists said was likely to herald the development of new food allergy drugs.

After a year of treatment with an experimental drug made by Aimmune Therapeutics, 67 percent of children and teenagers with peanut allergies were able to safely ingest the equivalent of at least two peanuts, compared with just 4 percent of those on placebo, according to the study published in the New England Journal of Medicine. But that improvement came at a cost...

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