New Generation Thinkers: Matthew Smith

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Matthew Smith - Lecturer and Wellcome Trust Research Fellow in the Centre for the Social History of Health and Healthcare at the University of Strathclyde - questions the reasons behind the recent rise in peanut allergy.

While for some the nutrient-rich peanut is a superfood, to others it presents a dangerous health risk. Almost unheard of twenty-five years ago, peanut allergies now cause 200 deaths worldwide each year, and countless severe reactions, often in children. Are Western lifestyles to blame?

This is one of a series of films made as part of New Generation Thinkers: each year producers from BBC Radio 3 and BBC Television Arts, together with the Arts and Humanities Research Council, select a group of young academics who have the potential to turn their ground breaking ideas into sensational broadcasting.

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