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Rants: Peanut Allergies

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November 13, 2010

01:53

Halloween has come and gone, and with it goes the fear of that small portion of the population with overactive Immunoglobin E: the peanut hypersensitive. For a group that makes up only 0.6% of the western world, they sure do get around. They're in your classroom, your cafeteria, on your airplane. And everywhere they go, the rules change to accommodate them.

But what if we could do away with this irritating allergy all together? Science in Seconds sniffs around.

Host: Brit Trogen

Photo credits: Stethoscopes, Aney, Mark Fickett, Rain Rannu, Scrape TV, Sanjay Acharya, and public domain

References:

http://www.webmd.com/allergies/news/20070226/progress-against-peanut-allergies

http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1398-9995.2009.01982.x/abstract

YOUR COMMENTS

cathy bodmer on November 15, 2010
I was so upset when the kids could not bring peanut butter anything to school as peanut butter was one of the few things you always have on standby. I used to take a peanut butter and banana sandwich for work everyday but had to stop as I am a teacher.
Brit Trogen November 22, 2010
Cathy: I feel your pain. Peanut butter is one of my staple foods as well. Let's hope science can bring it to its former place of glory...

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