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Researchers Have Discovered A Possible Cure For Peanut Allergies

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Packing your child's lunch bag just got a lot easier, because researchers think they've found a cure for peanut allergies.

1 in 20 American children have peanut allergies, and that number is rising.Mike Blake

Earlier this year scientists at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (try saying that 3 times fast) made headlines after they proved that peanut allergies can be prevented early in life.

Like how letting your kids play in the dust and dirt builds up immunity, doctors discovered introducing peanuts early in life - in small doses - prevented children from developing deadly allergies.

Children with egg allergies are more likely to also be allergic to peanuts.NPR

In their 600 child study, kids who were introduced to peanuts early were 81% less likely to develop an allergy.

Now the odds are getting even better, because a team of doctors in Australia have developed what could be a permanent cure for peanut allergies.

So how does it work?

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