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Fresh, unprocessed baby foods tied to less allergy

Babies who ate more fruits and vegetables and fewer packaged foods were less likely to develop food allergies in a new study that looked at overall diet patterns instead of just specific foods.

“We have been aware that certain diets seem to reduce the risk of allergy in infants,” said Dr. Magnus Wickman, a professor at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden, who was not involved in the study.

“The mechanism behind that is that we think that different kinds of fatty acids and antioxidants, different kinds of vitamins and essential minerals are good for your health and also prevent allergy,” he said.

Researchers estimate that up to eight percent of children have a food allergy.

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Life Threatening Peanut Allergy Overcome By New Treatment

The nine-year-old boy, from Wembley, London, started suffering breathing problems within seconds of stepping inside the coffee bar on London’s Oxford Street. As his face and throat swelled up, he began to lose consciousness.

If it had not been for the quick actions of his mother Louize and the heroics of a passing taxi driver who raced the pair across town to a hospital, the youngster would probably have died from anaphylactic shock.

He is one of more than 200,000 children in the UK who suffer from peanut allergies. Just a tiny amount of a peanut is enough to trigger a reaction.

On this occasion, it was molecules of peanut or milk, which he is also allergic to, in the air of the café that caused the reaction.

But now, thanks to a remarkable experimental treatment being developed by doctors, Josef is able to eat peanuts safely every day. By retraining his immune system, researchers have desensitised his body so it no longer reacts to peanuts.

Read More: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/5856992/Life-threatening-peanut-allergy-overcome-by-new-treatment.html