Eat Raw Nuts to Prevent Triggering a Nut Allergy

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  • Eat raw nuts to prevent a nut allergy trigger: New research by UK scientists recently published in the journal Allergy and Clinical Immunology found that roasted peanuts create a chemical change that seams to provoke a stronger immune response, unlike raw peanuts. The roasting process usually exceeds 320 degrees Fahrenheit, while change in protein that seems to create a more aggressive allergy reaction occur at about 266 F. The researchers believe this is the first study on peanut allergies giving a deeper understanding on how the preparation of peanuts could alter the chances of an allergic reaction. Although the research is still in early stages requiring more testing, if future tests confirm this insight, it will encourage new approach to growing and preparing peanuts in order to make them more accessible and less risky for allergy sufferers. This study follows earlier published research, which indicates that exposing young children to peanuts, as well as older children who already have a peanut allergy, could under controlled conditions and lead to a reduction in symptoms of peanut allergies.
  • Early intervention could possibly reverse autism: A new study recently published in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders adds to the evidence that early detection and intervention are key in autism treatment. The new research suggests that, if a treatment of autism symptoms begins as early as during the first six months of life, it can vastly improve a child’s outcome and possibly even eliminate the disorder completely. As the lead author Sally J. Rogers, professor of psychiatry and developmental sciences at the University of California, Davis explained: “Most of the children in the study, six out of seven, caught up in all of their learning skills and their language by the time they were 2 to 3. Most children with ASD (autism spectrum disorder) are barely even getting diagnosed by then.” According to Dr. Lisa Shulman, director of infant and toddler services at the Children’s Evaluation and Rehabilitation Center at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine: “This study is groundbreaking in certain regards. It pulls together various streams of current research in a meaningful way.” She also stated that although this study is small, it proves what she has experienced with her patients-that early interventions can change the course of a child’s life.

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