Jun 4, 2017

The effort to defeat the peanut allergy

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Two treatments currently on the "verge of approval" could help reduce the risk of life-threatening reactions for those with peanut allergies, the Financial Times reports in a long read that includes several interesting takeaways:

  • One drug is a capsule containing peanut proteins that would be sprinkled over foods. The other is a patch that would be placed on the skin. Both are based on the idea that trace amounts of peanuts, increased over time, can reduce the risk of a serious reaction.
  • Three million people have allergies to peanuts and/or tree nuts, and the rate of peanut allergies among children has quadrupled since 1997.
  • One possible reason? Between 2000-2008 parents were told not to give children peanuts. That turned out to be precisely the wrong advice.
  • There's no simple solution currently available. These treatments would require regular doctor's visits and likely lead to hives, stomach aches and other reactions.

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Bernie's juggernaut

Sen. Bernie Sanders speaks in San Antonio last night with his wife, Jane. Photo: Eric Gay/AP

Sen. Bernie Sanders won so big in the Nevada caucuses that Democrats are hard-pressed to sketch a way he's not their nominee.

Driving the news: With 60% of precincts counted (slow, but better than Iowa!), Sanders is running away with 46% of delegates — crushing Joe Biden's 20%, Pete Buttigieg's 15%, Sen. Elizabeth Warren's 10% and Sen. Amy Klobuchar's 5%.

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Buttigieg campaign claims Nevada caucuses were "plagued with errors"

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Pete Buttigieg's campaign wrote a letter on Sunday asking the Nevada State Democratic Party to release early vote and in-person vote totals by precinct and address certain caucus errors identified by campaigns, The Nevada Independent reports.

The big picture: The campaign alleges that the process of integrating early votes on caucus day was “plagued with errors and inconsistencies,” and says it received more than 200 incident reports from precincts around the state.

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Coronavirus threat grows, threatening some drug supplies

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's Health Ministry. Note: China numbers are for the mainland only and U.S. numbers include repatriated citizens.

As the novel coronavirus continues spreading globally and China grapples with a limited production capability, there's a growing risk to about 150 prescription drugs in the U.S., sources tell Axios.

The big picture: The coronavirus has spread to more countries, with both South Korea and Italy stepping up emergency measures amid rising case numbers on Sunday. COVID-19 has killed at least 2,467 people and infected almost 79,000 others, mostly in mainland China.

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