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Possible Therapy Takes Bite out of Peanut Allergy

WASHINGTON (AP) - Scientists have the first evidence that life-threatening peanut allergies may be cured one day. A few kids now are allergy-free thanks to a scary treatment - tiny amounts of the very food that endangered them.

 Don't try this at home though. Doctors monitored the youngsters closely in case they needed rescue, and there's no way to dice a peanut as small as the treatment doses required. But over several years, the children's bodies learned to tolerate peanuts.

Immune-system tests show no sign of remaining allergy in five youngsters, and others can withstand amounts that once would have left them wheezing or worse, scientists reported Sunday.

Are the five cured? Doctors at Duke University Medical Center and Arkansas Children's Hospital must track them years longer to be sure.

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