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Eating peanuts in early years reduces allergy risk even with later abstinence

BMJ 2016; 352 doi: (Published 07 March 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;352:i1343
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. London

Children at high risk for peanut allergy who are treated with early peanut exposure from infancy to age 5 remain at low risk even after avoiding eating peanuts for a year, shows a UK study that indicates long lasting benefit from early exposure.1

Peanut allergy is a common and potentially life threatening food allergy. A study published last year found that sustained peanut consumption beginning in the first 11 months of life reduced the rate of peanut allergy at age 5 by …

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