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Cracking the peanut: The latest on prevention and treatment of peanut allergy
Hemant Sharma, M.D., discusses recent advances that underscore the importance of early introduction of peanuts during infancy as a prevention strategy for allergies.
The prevalence of food allergy has increased in recent decades, now affecting 1 in 13 children in the United States. Peanut allergy has tripled in prevalence and is the most common cause of fatal food-allergic reactions. Recent advances have underscored the importance of early introduction of peanut during infancy as a prevention strategy. Clinical trials of potential immunomodulatory treatments also show promising results.
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Chief, Division of Allergy and Immunology
Director, Food Allergy Program
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