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Peanut Allergy Patch Trial Begins

An article in USA Today reports on a new patch that could “desensitize people allergic to peanuts.” The patch contains a peanut protein that is designed to “make people with a peanut allergy tolerant of peanuts, even if they were to stop wearing the patch.” Researchers hope wearing the patch on the skin, rather than under the tongue, will prevent any potentially serious side effects shown in previous studies. Enrollment for a study on the patch ended in July, and results are expected by July of 2014. Researchers say it will “take a few years to determine whether the patch is effective.”

Read it in USA Today.