By Holly Lebowitz Rossi

A new food allergy treatment could allow children to safely consume foods that once would have been life-threatening, researchers at Johns Hopkins University and Duke University are hoping.

The scientists are testing whether "sublingual therapy," in which tiny amounts of the allergenic substance--such as milk--are placed under the patient's tongue, could desensitize the body enough to allow it to move on to "oral immunotherapy," in which the patient swallows small amounts of the substance.  In experiments, kids who did sublingual therapy before oral immunotherapy had better results.

Image: Boy drinking milk, via Shutterstock.

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