Peanut allergy treatment 'in sight'

Peanut allergy treatment 'in sight'

"The study has completely changed our lives", she said. One third of the participants were given a placebo, while the remaining two-thirds were given peanut protein powder in increasing amounts until reaching the "maintenance dose" - the dose they stayed on for the remainder of the study.

"Her allergy was very severe, so even a small amount of peanut could lead to a very serious reaction".

Peanut allergy sufferers have been given new hope following the results of a landmark study. "This publication in the New England Journal of Medicine signifies our progress and momentum towards making an approved therapy available to the millions of families who want a robust, reliable peanut allergy treatment that can provide protection in cases of accidental exposures", Dr. Jayson Dallas, president and CEO of Aimmune, said in a press release.

Researchers have developed a treatment, tested on people aged four to 55, that could protect those allergic to peanuts from accidental exposure. At the end of the trial, more than two-thirds of the group taking the active drug were able to tolerate a dose of peanut protein equivalent to about two peanut kernels.

The participants were randomly assigned in a 3:1 ratio to receive either AR101 (a peanut-derived biologic drug with a characterised protein profile) or placebo.

Currently, there are there are currently no approved treatments for those patients suffering from peanut allergies. On average, each participant was able to tolerate exposure to a 100-fold higher dose of peanut after the study compared to the initial result.

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Sophie Pratt, 44, from north London, enrolled her six-year-old daughter Emily onto the study.

"This could be lifesaving for individuals who are so reactive that they could have an anaphylactic reaction to a very small amount of product that is only present in say a cross-contact situation", said Jarvinen-Seppo. He brought his own cupcake to school birthday parties, learned to read food labels and turned 15 without ever tasting a Kit Kat, Twix or Three Musketeers bar, all of which may contain traces of peanut because they are made in facilities that process the nuts.

'The impact on our family life was huge'.

People rarely outgrow the allergy which is the most common cause of food allergy deaths.

For the study, the researchers at the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI) in the U.S. included 496 participants aged from four to 55 years, most were four to 17 year olds, and all had peanut allergy.

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