Environmental and Nutritional Tips to Improve Your Family’s Health
This feature highlights reports, studies, and feedback from families on efforts that can make a positive impact in our quest for health. We invite you to share material with us that you think would be of interest to our readers.
Topics featured in this article:
- Taming Children’s Allergy to Peanuts
- A patient’s journey: non-coeliac gluten sensitivity
- A parent report: A new Toyota aggravated my chemical sensitivities
- Rats and mice reacted differently to caramel coloring – but they both got cancer
- Expert on electromagnetic fields and public health warns against smart meters
- Power to the petitions: Subway restaurants remove chemical from bread
1) Taming Children’s Allergy to Peanuts
Allergy to peanuts is an increasingly common medical disorder with the potential to be deadly. It’s tragic when a severe peanut allergy claims the life of a child due to accidental ingestion of a minute amount of peanut. New research is focused on reducing the extreme response so peanuts can be better tolerated.
An article published in The Lancet reports the results of a trial assessing the efficacy of peanut oral immunotherapy (OIT) in 99 children aged 7–16 years. The study found that after 6 months of OIT, 84–91% of the children could safely tolerate daily ingestion of 800 mg of peanut protein— at least 25 times as much peanut protein as they could before the therapy and equal to about five peanuts.