Prescott Atkinson, M.D., Ph.D., Division Director of Pediatric Allergy and Immunology, writes in Birmingham Medical News on potentially life-changing changes afoot for children with food allergies.

New medical research is ushering in big changes in how doctors think about food allergies and the way they will be treated in the near future. 

The turning point came last year with the LEAP (Learning Early About Peanut) Study published in the New England Journal of Medicine. This five-year study showed that avoidance of food allergens by children at risk for food allergy is often the wrong strategy, which, of course, is contrary to something doctors had been advising for decades. 

Data in the study were so powerful that doctors have already changed the advice they are giving to parents with children pre-disposed to food allergies. 
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