A British study suggests that an early exposure to peanut products dramatically cuts the risk of allergy.
Doctors found that exposing at risk infants to peanuts before their first birthday lower the risk of developing a peanut allergy.
Trials on 628 babies prone to developing peanut allergy found the risk was cut by over 80%.
The King’s College London researchers said it was the “first time” that allergy development had been reduced.
Specialists said the findings could apply to other allergies and may change diets around, but warned parents not to experiment at home.
The research team in London had previously found that Jewish children in Israel who started eating peanuts earlier in life had allergy levels 10 times lower than Jewish children in the UK.
The trial, reported in the New England Journal of Medicine, focused on babies as young as four months who had already developed eczema – an early warning sign of allergies.
Skin-prick tests were used to identify those who had not yet developed peanut allergy or had only a very mild response.
Children under five should not eat whole peanuts, because of the risk of choking, so half were given a peanut-based snack. The other half continued avoiding peanuts.
The trial indicated that for every 100 children, 14 would normally go on to develop an allergy by the age of five.
This fell by 86% to just two out of every 100 children with the therapy.
Even the children who were already becoming sensitive to peanuts benefited. Their allergy rates fell from 35% to 11%.
Until 2008, at-risk families were told to actively avoid peanut products and other sources of allergic reactions.
The study findings have attracted excited responses from other doctors, and there is speculation similar approaches might work with other allergies, such as egg protein.
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Solange Knowles was pictures with raised, itchy-looking blemishes all over her face and neck as she left her New Orleans wedding venue on November 16 after tying the knot with producer Alan Ferguson.
According to TMZ, Solange Knowles broke out in hives after she suffered a food allergy, as she clambered into the back of a waiting car with her sister, Beyonce, and brother-in-law, Jay-Z.
A source told gossip website: “Solange suffered some kind of food allergy, though she isn’t sure what it was from….the hives were gone in a matter of minutes.”
Solange Knowles sparked speculation she and Alan Ferguson – who she began dating in 2008 – were getting married after posting an Instagram picture of herself and the director swimming in an ocean while holidaying on her birthday in June.
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Last night’s episode of Keeping Up With The Kardashians showed Kris Jenner suffering from a food allergy which caused her upper lip to inflame during a family vacation in the Dominican Republic.
It’s unclear exactly what caused the reaction and Kris Jenner has since revealed that she’s having tests to get to the bottom of it.
The show began with Kris Jenner, 56, calling everyone in to look at her lip – a scene released by the E! Network in May before the seventh season of the reality series began.
Despite speculation that Kris Jenner had collagen or a filler, a doctor confirmed it was an allergic reaction.
“I’m a mess,” she complained.
“My lip looks like a Who from Whoville.”
Bruce Jenner, still angry that Kris had been in contact with a former lover Todd Waterman on last week’s show, didn’t have much sympathy.
“God is punishing her for giving Todd her email,” Bruce Jenner huffed.
It's unclear exactly what caused the reaction and Kris Jenner has since revealed that she's having tests to get to the bottom of it
Later, Bruce and Kris Jenner surprised Scott Disick by taking his side in a spat with pregnant daughter, Kourtney Kardashian.
At breakfast, talk quickly turns to the trouble Robert Kardashian and Scott Disick had been up to the night before. The bored pair had been drinking a little too much and broke into Kylie and Kendall’s room to play a prank.
It was Kim Kardashian who ratted Scott Disick out to Kourtney about a particularly juvenile prank he had pulled.
“Scott peed in a trash can,” Kim Kardashian said.
A livid Kourtney Kardashian stormed back to her room to shake awake the hungover Scott Disick to tell him to join the family at breakfast.
“Scott is being so selfish,” Kourtney Kardashian, who’s pregnant with the couple’s second child, tells the camera.
But Scott Disick said he is weary of being picked on for everything he does.
“I don’t even want to be on these stupid f***ing family trips. I feel like I’m just done,” he said, storming away from the table.
Robert blamed Kim for causing the spat.
“Kim needs to keep her mouth shut,” he told the camera.
“He’s drunk, he peed in a trash can, so what?”
Nonetheless, Bruce Jenner said he wasn’t keen how Scott Disick stormed away from the table, something he often does, and went to confront him.
Playing amateur therapists, Bruce and Kris Jenner quickly realize what’s been eating Scott Disick – he doesn’t feel a part of the family.
“Maybe I’m a little too sensitive sometimes,” Scott Disick confided to Bruce.
“All I want to do is make Kourtney happy, but I’m scared to do anything. I feel I’m going to wake up and she’s going to tell me it’s over.”
Scott Disick reminds the family that Kourtney said she would marry him after she got pregnant the second time. She has since changed her mind.
Bruce and Kris Jenner then decide to have a heart-to-heart with Kourtney.
“He’s been in the family six years and he never feels quite worthy,” the former Olympian said.
Kris Jenner agreed: “I want him to feel loved. He’s the father of my grandchildren.”
Meanwhile, Kendall and Kylie Jenner persuade Kim Kardashian and the rest of the family to be in their music video.
Kim Kardashian shakes her curvaceous booty, poured into a tight red bikini bottom, in the pool.
As for Kourtney Kardashian, she sees the error of her ways and buys Scott a love bracelet.
“You’re not disposable and I don’t want you to feel that way,” she tells him.