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Hope for children with peanut allergies

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There could be good news for children with peanut allergies on the way.

They won't be a thing of the past, but researchers are hopeful with the results of a new peanut allergy therapy.

Doctors in Britain gave children with the allergy small amounts of peanut flour to retrain their immune systems.

More children than ever are now reportedly allergic to the nut, with 1 in 50 children world-wide. Peanuts are the most common cause of fatal food allergic reactions.

The goal of the study is to help prevent those life-threatening reactions in case children do accidentally eat small amounts of peanuts, rather than to eliminate the allergy completely. After six months in the study, more than 80 percent of children could safely eat a handful of the nuts.

Researchers say parents should not try this sort of thing at home with their children. It's still being tested and researchers are hopeful in it's results.