"A New Therapy May Cure Kids Of Peanut Allergy" - Alice Park
In a long-term study of the latest treatment for peanut allergy, scientists in Australia report that an immune-based therapy helped children allergic to peanuts eat them without reactions for four years. The results are encouraging, allowing the children who were treated to eat peanuts without fear of an allergic reaction. But it may be too early to call this a cure. The researchers believe that adding probiotics to the peanut allergens may be important in improving the child’s tolerance to the food, but Anna Nowak-Wegrzyn, MD, associate professor of pediatrics, allergy and immunology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, notes that the researchers didn’t compare the effect of the probiotics themselves; they only compared children who received the probiotics along with the immune therapy to those who didn’t get any treatment at all.
- Anna Nowak-Wegrzyn, MD, Associate Professor, Pediatrics, Allergy and Immunology, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai