Researchers make breakthrough in treatment of childhood peanut allergy

Researchers make breakthrough in treatment of childhood peanut allergy

A team of Australian researchers has made a breakthrough in the treatment of childhood peanut allergy, providing a ray of hope for a possible cure.

A small but long-term clinical trial at the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute found that nearly 66 per cent of the kids who were treated with an experimental immunotherapy treatment got rid of their allergy.

The children’s tolerance to peanuts was found to persist for up to 4 years after they were given the experimental immunotherapy.

Professor Mimi Tang, who led the trial, said, “These children had been eating peanut freely in their diet without having to follow any particular program of peanut intake in the years after treatment was completed.”

Tang explained that 48 children were treated with the experimental probiotic treatment dubbed lactobacillus rhamnosus with a peanut protein or a placebo once per day for nearly one and a half year.

Results showed that 80 per cent of the participants were able to eat peanuts without any adverse reactions. Four years on, nearly 70 per cent of the kids could still eat peanuts without any health issues.

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