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Peanut allergy: progress at last

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The publication of the STOP II trial from Cambridge in The Lancet produced significant mass media interest (Anagnostou K and colleagues. 2014 doi.org/10.1016/S0140-6736(13)62301–6). It was billed, with some justification, as having proved the first effective treatment for peanut allergy in children. Using oral immunotherapy (OIT) to bring about desensitisation is not new, but so far trials have been less successful in children than in adults, and peanut allergy has proved particularly difficult. The researchers studied 100 children age 7 to 16 from their specialist clinic at Addenbrooke's and the wider community. Each had a …

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