Israeli snack shows early exposure to peanuts helps prevent allergies in ...

February 25, 2015 10:32 PM

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Israeli snack shows early exposure to peanuts helps prevent allergies in ...

Exposing infants like these to peanuts before age 1 actually helped prevent a peanut allergy, lowering that risk by as much as 81%, doctors found. Instead of provoking an allergy, early exposure seemed to help build tolerance.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, called the results "without precedent" and said in a statement that they "have the potential to transform how we approach food allergy prevention."

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