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AT BEST, THEY ARE AGGRAVATING. AND AT WORST THEY CAN BE DEADLY FOR THE ESTIMATED 15-MILLION AMERICANS WHO SUFFER FROM FOOD ALLERGIES.

NOW, FINALLY, SOME NEW TREATMENTS ARE SHOWING PROMISING RESULTS.

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For most of her young life, severe food allergies kept 11 year old Tessa Grosso feeling different from other kids.

"I just feel left out."

Her mom Kim was terrified about potentially fatal reactions to dairy, wheat, egg, almonds and peanuts.

"I remember the first time she went to camp / I hired someone to shadow her, and then I went and hid in the bushes and just watched to make sure she was okay. "

So two years ago they joined a study at Stanford University designed to gradually build Tessa's tolerance to a combination of foods all at once.

The team, led by Dr. Kari Nadeau, fed Tessa tiny bits of proteins from the foods she was allergic to.gradually increasing the doses. They combined that with injections of Xolair. a well-known asthma drug.

The results?

Tessa was desensitized to multiple allergens within six months -- much faster than previous studies using a similar approach.

Even better, she's NOW able to eat many of the foods that once would have put her in the hospital.

it's really exciting for me to say that for those people that stay in the study, they are having the same types of outcomes as Tessa.

Another promising treatment for food allergies is a

PATCH.to help kids like Spencer Batey avoid severe reaction to PEANUTS.

ST The goal of the patch would be to expose the skin to the food they're allergic to in a way that is almost like a vaccination.

The study results won't be released until October. His parents, David and Elizabeth, say it's the HOPE of a future free of food allergies that keeps them participating in the research.

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A CAPE CORAL BOY'S SOCCER TEAM IS FIGHTING FOR A CHAMPIONSHIP GAME- BUT OFF THE FIELD.

THE CAPE CORAL U17 BOYS CYCLONES WON THE NATIONAL REGIONAL PRESIDENTS CUP TOURNAMENT BACK IN JUNE.

NOW THEY NEED HELP TO GO TO SOUTH CAROLINA TO PLAY FOR A NATIONAL TITLE.

TUESDAY NIGHT THEY HAD A FUNDRAISING SCRIMMAGE AT THE JIM JEFFERS PARK IN CAPE CORAL. Return to index of stories...


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Anthony Martin---Soccer coach---22:01:17-22:01:37

At the end of the day they represent the state of Florida not just

Cape Coral not just fort Myers but the whole state of Florida so this

is a big opportunity for Florida to step up and really really support

our boys and know that we can compete at a national level.

THEIR GOAL IS TO GET TEN THOUSAND DOLLARS BEFORE THE TEAM PLAYS IN THE CHAMPIONSHIP GAME. Return to index of stories...


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