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Peanut allergies: a thing of the past?

With the price of EpiPens reaching criminal heights, one N.C. scientist says we're one step closer to a world without peanut allergies

With the price of EpiPens reaching criminal heights, one N.C. scientist says we're one step closer to a world without peanut allergies

A scientist in North Carolina says she’s developed a process to remove allergens from peanuts. Virginian-Pilot reporter Jeff Hampton talks to Hortense Dodo about her research and future plans to market her patented process of nearly eliminating the allergen units from peanuts entirely.

For Dodo, the project is about saving lives, reducing lawsuits over allergic reactions and helping gain back lost business for peanut farmers.

It would appear her timing is nothing short of predominant – peanut allergies have been on the rise among children over the past few decades, with the number of affected children in the U.S.more than tripling between 1997 and 2008, and it is considered a lifelong affliction.

 

Photo by Rich-Joseph Facun of The Virginian Pilot

Photo by Rich-Joseph Facun of The Virginian Pilot

As one of the most common food allergens, a peanut allergy can be a life-threatening condition for many children too young to modulate their own environments or even communicate such a condition.

No more worrisome birthday parties or secret EpiPen stashes. And forget those unsightly allergy bracelets!

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