Dr. Bruce Mazer explains how the Learning Early about Peanut Allergy (LEAP) trial is changing our approach to peanut allergy. The study (published in NEJM 2015) found that infants (between 4−11 months) who consumed at least 6 grams of peanut per week were significantly less likely to develop an allergy by 5 years of age, compared to infants who avoided peanut entirely.
Read the publication:
Du Toit G, Roberts G, Sayre PH, Bahnson HT, Radulovic S, Santos AF, Brough HA, Phippard D, Basting M, Feeney M, Turcanu V, Sever ML, Gomez Lorenzo M, Plaut M, Lack G; LEAP Study Team. Randomized trial of peanut consumption in infants at risk for peanut allergy. N Engl J Med. 2015 Feb 26;372(9):803-13.
View interviews with Dr. Bruce Mazer below:
- Opinion: Could giving peanuts to infants decrease allergy incidence? Animal research has shown that if a food is eaten and then absorbed through the intestines, babies have a good change of being able to eat the particular food. However, if early in life, the food is absorbed through the skin by dust particles in the air or by rubbing creams that have components like peanut or almond an allergy may develop. Special to the Montreal Gazette. By Bruce Mazer. March 3, 2015.
- Reducing peanut allergy risk by eating peanuts early in life. CTV News Interview with Dr. Bruce Mazer. March 4, 2015
- Cracking the peanut allergy. New research offers hope that dangerous reactions to this common food will soon threaten far fewer children. National Post. Feb 26, 2015