Dudes! So, like, part of GED science is studying your own body… and health, and stuff like that. Like, did you know I’m allergic to peanuts? Seriously. Get those things away from me! I found a science article about peanut allergies, too… Some scientists did a study about kids allergic to peanuts. And guess what the solution is to peanut allergies that they found? PEANUTS!
Here’s how it works… the kids ate a little bit of peanuts every day, and their bodies sort of got used to dealing with them. They built up a tolerance for peanuts. Man, I wish I’d done that when I was little! But be careful, this article says that it’s just a study for now… and no one should do it without a doctor. You don’t want to set off your peanut allergies. No kidding! The article’s called “Children Can Complete Treatment For Peanut Allergies And Achieve Long-term Tolerance, Studies Suggest”
Here’s a GED Practice question from the article… First, read this paragraph from the article:
Duke and Arkansas Children’s Hospital began enrolling patients in studies five years ago to determine if incremental doses of peanut protein could change how the body’s immune system responds to its presence. The doses start as small as 1/1000 of a peanut. Eight to 10 months later, the children are ingesting the equivalent of up to 15 peanuts per day. The children stay on that daily therapy for several years and are monitored closely.
So, based on this study, what might a scientist hypothesize would be an effective treatment for an allergy to milk?
1) a regular daily dose of 1/1000 oz. of milk
2) a daily dose of milk, beginning at a very small quantity and slowly increasing
3) a daily dose of milk, beginning at the maximum tolerable quantity and slowly decreasing
4) a daily dose of 10 oz. of milk for 8 to 10 months
5) a small dose of milk administered at random intervals
So, what’d'ya think? Read more to find the answer… (more…)