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Allergy doctors explain surprising benefit of peanuts for allergy-prone babies




Students enjoy the new peanut butter cheesecake at The Cheesecake Factory presents American Idol Lee DeWyze to kick off Feeding America's Hunger Action Month at James Hotel on August 28, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois.
Students enjoy the new peanut butter cheesecake at The Cheesecake Factory presents American Idol Lee DeWyze to kick off Feeding America's Hunger Action Month at James Hotel on August 28, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois.
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In unprecedented and delicious findings published in the New England Journal of Medicine, feeding peanut butter and peanut puffs to allergy-prone infants helped prevent a peanut allergy, lowering the risk by as much as 81 percent.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said the results “have the potential to transform how we approach food allergy prevention." The study was the largest and most rigorous test of its kind. A major caveat: parents should not try this method until a medical professional administers an allergy test on newborns.

What are the implications for the medical community and how soon might changes filter down? How does this apply to other common allergies such as pollen, shellfish, pet dander, and the like?

Guest:

Dr. Maria Garcia-Lloret, MD, Pediatric Allergy & Immunology Physician at Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA



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