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"Wheat Oral Immunotherapy Helps Young Patients With Wheat Allergy" - Janel Miller

  • Healio
  • New York, NY
  • (December 07, 2018)

Low-dose vital wheat gluten oral immunotherapy induced desensitization after 1 year of treatment in patients with wheat allergy, according to findings recently published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. “Wheat is one of the most common food allergens in children. The only current ‘treatment’ for them is to avoid foods with wheat, which is difficult due to its ubiquitous presence in the American diet. Therefore, we need novel strategies to address wheat allergy,” said Anna Nowak-Wegrzyn, MD, PhD, professor of pediatrics and clinical researcher at the Jaffe Food Allergy Institute at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.  There is hope that with more research we will be able to provide a treatment that will reduce the risk of life-threatening allergic reactions caused by small amounts of wheat to keep patients with severe wheat allergy safe and with longer duration of treatment, allow them to eat and enjoy regular wheat products in their daily diet,” she said in the interview.

— Anna Nowak-Wegrzyn, MD, PhD, Professor, Pediatrics, Clinical Researcher, Jaffe Food Allergy Institute, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

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