Can peanut allergies be avoided by early exposure?

Recent research suggests that some exposure early on to peanut products might be helpful in reducing the risks of later peanut allergies. If you're allergic to peanuts, or have a child that's allergic, you'll know how serious a condition it is. For years, parents have been advised to keep infants away from peanut products. But according to this latest study, that might not be the best strategy. USEFUL LINKS The LEAP (Learning Early About Peanut allergy) study: http://www.leapstudy.co.uk/ Breaking Down the Landmark LEAP Study: What Does it Mean? Asthma Allergies Children: a parent's guide. http://asthmaallergieschildren.com/2015/02/25/breaking-down-the-landmark-leap-study-what-does-it-mean/ Consensus communication on early peanut introduction and the prevention of peanut allergy in high-risk infants (2015) Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jaci.2015.06.001 Randomized Trial of Peanut Consumption in Infants at Risk for Peanut Allergy (2015) New England Journal of Medicine, http://dx.doi.org/10.1056/NEJMoa1414850 Effect of Avoidance on Peanut Allergy after Early Peanut Consumption (2016) New England Journal of Medicine, http://dx.doi.org/10.1056/NEJMoa1514209 THIS EPISODE'S TEAM: Many thanks to the Reactions team, and to Elizabeth Garbee for background research. Risk Bites videos are devised, created and produced by Andrew Maynard, in association with the Arizona State University School for the Future of Innovation in Society (http://sfis.asu.edu). They are produced under a Creative Commons License CC-BY-SA Backing track: Mandolin Highway by Olive Musique. http://www.premiumbeat.com/royalty_free_music/songs/mandolin-highway Risk Bites is your guide to making sense of risk. We cover everything from understanding and balancing the risks and benefits of everyday products, to health science more broadly, to the potential impacts of emerging technologies, to making sense of risk perception. If you enjoy our videos, please subscribe, and spread the word! Transcript: alugha Click here to see more videos: https://alugha.com/RiskBites

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