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Peanut Allergy Cure for Children Could Be Close After Australian Researchers Make Major Breakthrough

17th August 2017

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Great. One more yuppie hipster First World panic attack problem solved. Hundreds more to go.

10 Responses to “Peanut Allergy Cure for Children Could Be Close After Australian Researchers Make Major Breakthrough”

  1. RealRick Says:

    I don’t remember ever running into anyone with a peanut allergy when I was a kid. Did we just kill them off back then?

  2. Elganned Says:

    If it had been your kid dying of anaphylactic shock after eating peanuts, you’d remember.

  3. Sis Says:

    Oh, I disagree. Making progress toward a cure for allergies will benefit millions of people and teach us a great deal about how our immune systems work. I’m all for finding a way to get rid of endless human suffering and lost productivity.

  4. Tim of Angle Says:

    Funny how this didn’t become a thing until just recently.

  5. RealRick Says:

    As Tim points out, it’s funny how this didn’t become a thing until recently. I’m not opposing research into allergies, I just don’t understand how this suddenly became a huge issue. I never heard of anyone with a peanut allergy when I was young and certainly not they hyperallergies that we see now where you can’t have a peanut on an airplane for fear someone in another part of the plane might breathe in a molecule or two and go into shock. Has something happened to our immune systems or did we just not bother to ask when some poor guy choked and died in the 1970s? I find it hard to believe that such a thing would have been ignored. I haven’t seen anything published that closes that knowledge gap.

  6. RealRick Says:

    “…Since when did so many kids suddenly have a peanut allergy? The number of people with peanut allergy has quadrupled in the last thirteen years. A peanut butter and jelly sandwich hasn’t always been a loaded weapon on a lunchroom table.

    From 1997-2002, the incidence of peanut allergy doubled. In the last thirteen year, it has quadrupled. In the last fifteen years, there has been a 50% increase in the number of children with food allergies. About 1 in 13 U.S. children have food allergies — a 50 percent increase from the late 1990s, according to a recent CDC survey…”


  7. RealRick Says:

    I tried google (as you can see from my previous post), but came up with all sorts of proposed reasons. Somehow, Monsanto is at fault, also cleanliness (allergy rates are higher among the rich), also roasting instead of boiling is at fault, etc.

  8. Tim of Angle Says:

    This sounds like a genetic defect that we ought to remove from the gene pool.

    Bring on the peanuts!

  9. Tim of Angle Says:

    And of course in the South peanuts were harvested by slaves so ultimately Trump is to blame.

  10. bluebird of bitterness Says:

    It’s true that peanut allergies are a pretty recent thing. Around the time my first baby was born (she’s 38 now), doctors were warning parents not to give peanuts to children. It turns out that failure to expose children to certain potential allergens at an early enough age can cause them to develop allergies to the substance in question. Doctors a generation ago thought that the exposure caused the allergy, and now they say that lack of exposure is the culprit.