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Scientists are beginning to unravel the ways in which we develop a healthy relationship with the bugs in our bodies.

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Peanut Allergy Treatment Works Long Term

By Jef Akst | August 17, 2017

Four years after taking a probiotic and peanut protein for 18 months, two-thirds of children in a small clinical trial can eat peanuts with no health issues.

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Self-Experimentation Led to the Discovery of IgE

By Andrea Anderson | June 1, 2017

In the 1960s, immunologists took matters into their own hands—and under their own skin—to characterize an immunoglobulin involved in allergies.

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NIH: Allergen-Exposure Strategy Can Prevent Peanut Allergy

By Joshua A. Krisch | January 5, 2017

In light of recent allergen-exposure studies, an agency-sponsored panel has formally recommended early introduction of peanuts in an effort to prevent potentially life-threatening allergies.

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Further Support for Early-Life Allergen Exposure

By Jef Akst | September 20, 2016

Egg and peanut consumption during infancy is linked to lower risk of allergy to those foods later in life, according to a meta-analysis.

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Genome Digest

By Alison F. Takemura | September 1, 2016

What researchers are learning as they sequence, map, and decode species’ genomes

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The findings of a longitudinal study in New Zealand lend support to the hygiene hypothesis.

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Population Ecologist Dies

By Jef Akst | May 18, 2016

Ilkka Hanski of the University of Helsinki has passed away at age 63.

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More Support for Allergen-Exposure Strategy

By Jef Akst | March 8, 2016

A second study finds evidence that feeding children peanuts could help prevent them from developing allergies to the legume later in life.

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Cord Blood Cells Foretell Food Allergy

By Amanda B. Keener | January 13, 2016

Scientists link an immune phenotype present at birth to the development of food allergies a year later.

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