New study may pave the way for peanut allergy cure

A new study conducted at Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge, England, and published in the medical journal The Lancet outlined and tested a potential new method for allaying peanut allergy reactions.

The tests were conducted on children aged 7 to 16 and returned an 80 percent success rate in decreasing the childrens' allergic reactions.

The study is one of the largest immunotherapy studies of this type to have been conducted on human subjects. "The treatment allowed children with all severities of peanut allergy to eat large quantities of peanuts, well above the levels found in contaminated snacks and meals, freeing them and their parents from the fear of a potentially life-threatening allergic reaction," Andrew Clark, study leader at Cambridge University, said.

Study participants show improved ability to handle peanuts

The study began by positively identifying peanut allergies in the subjects and their severities. The clinicians then added two milligrams of peanut powder into the subjects' food and monitored their reactions, slowly increasing the amounts over time to about 800 mg. After six months, 80 percent of the 99 participants could safely eat up to five peanuts without adverse affects.

The treatment method is preliminary, but the study results are promising, and follow-up and copy studies to prove the premise may verify these results. If so, a clinical method for treating adverse peanut allergies (and then other allergies) could become a reality, freeing many from worry over food contamination.

Source: Science World Report

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