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Scientists Take Significant Step Forwards In Curing Peanut Allergies

17 August 2017

Four years later, this research, published Wednesday in the british medical journal The Lancet attested that 70% of these children subject to the tests may still consume today peanuts without any adverse reaction. At the end of stage one in 2013, the study deemed 82 per cent of the children to be tolerant to peanuts compared to four per cent in the placebo group.

The results of which have last four years after the treatment.

Australian researchers at the Murdoch Children's Research Institute might have found a successful and low-risk method to cure children born with a peanut allergy. This meant they were given a probiotic treatment called lactobacillus rhamnosus, with a peanut protein or a placebo, once a day for 18 months.

At the end of the 18 months, 80 percent of the participants had developed a tolerance to peanuts.

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Now, a follow up study has shown the majority of children who received the combination treatment still do not appear to be allergic to peanuts.

The Murdoch Childrens Research Institute joined with a capital investment firm called OneVentures past year to develop the treatment into an FDA-approved product.

Prof Tang said it was the first time a treatment for peanut allergy had been shown to be effective for this long.

Scientists say the probiotic works to change how the immune system reacts to the allergy and encourage a tolerance - and it's set the ball rolling for what could be a life-changing cure for many families.

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"The way I see it is that we had children who came into the study allergic to peanuts, having to avoid peanuts in their diet, being very vigilant around that, carrying a lot of anxiety with that", she said.

The Independent said roughly one per cent of the world's population suffers from peanut allergy, which is also one of the planet's most severe food allergies, commonly associated with anaphylaxis, a life-threatening reaction. According to Mimi Tang, "this is a major step forward in the identification of a treatment for food allergies in western societies".

This formula is created to reprogramme the response of immune system to peanuts and develop tolerance.

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Scientists Take Significant Step Forwards In Curing Peanut Allergies