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Monday, February 3, 2014

2/3/14 Health News: New Treatment For Peanut Allergy - TB Exposure During Dental Care - Live Subjects infected With Influenza

New treatment may offer hope for peanut allergy
When you live in fear of you or your child accidentally ingesting peanut crumbs, any hope of undoing severe food allergy is welcome.
A large clinical trial published this week in the Lancet confirms what smaller studies have shown in the past: Oral immunotherapy -- swallowing tiny, increasing amounts of peanut over time -- has the ability to desensitize allergic individuals to peanuts. Continue Reading

NIH Researchers Infect Live Subjects With Influenza in Study Intended to Improve Vaccine
As seasonal influenza sweeps much of the country, scores of study volunteers are allowing government scientists — in a rare live study — to infect them with influenza, in hopes of soon improving vaccine capability. Study leader Matthew Memoli, of the National Institutes for Health (NIH), told the Associated Press in an interview, “Vaccines are working, but we could do better.” A few thousand Americans die every year of seasonal influenza,Continue Reading

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