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Study: Pregnant Women Need Not Avoid Peanuts Over Allergy Fears

Women had been advised to avoid peanuts while they were pregnant or nursing, to lessen the chance their child could develop a peanut allergy. But a new study indicates that restriction may not make a difference, and that eating nuts may be what lowers the risk. The American Academy of Pediatrics endorsed a peanut-free diet in 2000, to minimize early allergen exposure and sensitivity. The number of peanut allergy cases in the United States continued to rise, however, tripling over the past...

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