'Breakthrough' treatment for peanut allergy awaits FDA check

MARIA COHUT | November 19, 2018

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Peanut allergy makes life more difficult for the millions of people who live with it. "Possible traces" of peanuts in foods pose a constant hidden threat for them, but a newly developed treatment could soon help people with peanut allergy become more confident in their food choices. Information provided last year by specialists from the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology (ACAAI) indicates that almost 2.5 percent of all children in the United States may live with peanut allergy.

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