Doctors in Cambridge believe they may soon have a cure for peanut allergies.
The largest ever trial to find a treatment for potentially fatal peanut allergies is to give sufferers tiny amounts daily to build up tolerance.
The Addenbrookes team will give increasing doses of peanut flour to 104 British children, up to the equivalent of five nuts a day. Twenty out of 23 sufferers in an earlier study became able to eat more than 30 peanuts safely. The new £1m three-year trial could lead to a widely available treatment.
About one in 50 young people in the UK suffers from peanut allergies which can cause breathing problems, itching and, in severe cases, a potentially fatal inflammatory reaction called anaphylaxis. The new trial funded by the Department of Health's Institute of Health Research will involve more than 100 seven to 17-year-olds.