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Skin cancer can be treated with a special soap.

Peanut allergies are a serious business, too, and a New York-based researcher has been investigating how the body’s tolerance of the snack can be improved.

The key, it seems, resides in toothpaste with peanut protein as it can be delivered in controlled doses through the mucous membrane.

In a recent study, 24 people aged between 18 and 55 received an escalating dose of peanut toothpaste over a 48 week period.

By the end of the study, all 24 could tolerate doses of up to 100mg. No side effects were reported save for a mild, and passing, itch.

Peanut shells, by the way, are an excellent substitute for plastic plant pots.

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