Doctors at Addenbrooke’s hospital in Cambridge gave four children tiny doses of peanut flour every day, gradually increasing the dose until now they can eat ten or more nuts a day.
Previously the children would have risked anaphylactic shock or even death if they accidentally ate even a trace amount of peanut.
The team say this is the first time that so-called desensitization treatment has been successful.
From the Telegraph. Notes: 1. No blinding. 2. No control group. 3. Started small (with 4 patients), now doing a larger study (18 patients). 4. Jewish kids in Israel have a 10-fold lower rate of peanut allergies than Jewish kids in the UK, according to a 2008 study. In Israel, peanuts are eaten at an earlier age.
Thanks to Oskar Pearson.