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Today's Top Medical Stories for Thursday, January 30, 2014

Researchers are a step closer to finding a way to prevent life-threatening reactions from peanut allergies and there may be health risks associated with testosterone therapy.
A new study links the use of testosterone therapy to heart attacks in men under 65 with a history of cardiovascular disease. The study also confirmed earlier research that found men OLDER than 65 doubled their risk of heart attack shortly after starting the treatment. Testosterone gels and patches have become more widespread in recent years. Makers of the therapy say it helps increase energy, sex drive and strength.

Less than half of children and young adults treated for anxiety achieve long-term relief according to a new study from Johns Hopkins. Researchers found only 47 percent of patients treated for three months were free of symptoms six years later. Nearly 70 percent needed some type of mental health treatment between the initial therapy and the 6 year followup.

And up to 91 percent of children with peanut allergies were able to tolerate the equivalent of five peanuts after six months of oral immunotherapy. The study in the Lancet also found the majority of the children were able to tolerate the equivalent of 10 peanuts after receiving a daily dose of peanut protein. The study's authors say the findings are positive, but more research is needed and people should NOT try to build up a tolerance without medical supervision. Those are some of the day's top health stories.

(Bigad Shaban, CBS News)

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