This just in from Fox News: a group of soon-to-be canonized scientists have done some promising work on a treatment for peanut allergy, that great looming specter of anaphylaxis that threatens to kill 1.5 million Americans (including me) at any moment. Apparently we're still a few years away from a publicly available treatment, but my nipples are all a-tingle nonetheless.
My favorite paragraph from the article is this:
Before [15-year-old Allison Rush's] first treatment, the equivalent of one-60th of a peanut made her throat start closing up, her skin break out in hives, her face swell, and her blood pressure drop, said her mother, Bonnie Rush. After four monthly injections, it took the equivalent of six peanuts to bring on such an anaphylactic attack.
This brings up some methodology questions. I'm picturing the girl sitting on the examination table, the doctor sitting across from her with a jar of Planters, and a nurse behind her with an Epipen drawn and ready. And then it goes:
Doctor: You dying yet?
Allison: No, I'm good
Doctor: Have another. (Gives Allison a peanut.) How about now?
Allison: No, still okay.
Doctor: Have another. (Gives Allison another peanut.) Anything?
Allison: (Begins the overture of a slow, excruciating death.)
Doctor: DO IT!!! (Nurse jabs her with the Epipen, Allison passes out, Doctor writes the number "6" in his notebook.)