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A vaccine has been developed at the Stanford University School of Medicine which can alleviate or remove allergic reactions to some common food allergies. The vaccine is effective in peanut, milk and wheat allergies for a minimum of three months. This is the first vaccine found to be affective in controlling food allergies in animals other than mice. This provides fresh hope for human food allergy sufferers. Roughly 100 people (usually children) die each year from anaphylaxis which can cause cardiac arrest and/or airway swelling. Most of these deaths are children. The incidence of nut allergies has been increasing over recent years and this is believed to be because a hygienic lifestyle exposes people to fewer infections which are necessary to develop resistance to allergies.
About: Food allergy vaccine effective in dogs
Date: 24 November 2004
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