05 January 2011

Research Peanut Allergy CURE in the U.K.

Research for a peanut allergy "cure" is ongoing around the world.  "Cure" may be the wrong word to described the near-term hoped for results.  From what I've read thus far the current "treatments" being offered (including the treatment Alexander is receiving) and the hoped for future treatments will result in a patient being desensitized so they can tolerate peanuts. This is a fantastic result in my humble opinion.  Alexander would be able to tolerate ingestion of peanuts and....
-not worry about cross-contamination 
-eat cookies off a tray mixed with peanut butter cookies
-ride on an airplane next to someone with a bag full of peanuts 
-sit with his friends eating peanut filled snacks
-eat in a Thai restaurant
-travel to Asia (lots of peanuts in the food in many Asian countries)
The list is endless. You get the idea.

Information in several articles leads me to believe that treatments for peanut allergy may or may not result in a technical "cure" over time for the allergy itself but there is not enough data to know at this point. 

Below are links to several articles written about the research conducted in the U.K. by doctors at Cambridge University. The articles from 2009 and 2010 provide information on a small pilot study that was successfully conducted and the current research being conducted by a team of doctors from Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge, England. The current study will follow over 100 children ages seven to 17 over the course of three years. This is the largest trial of its kind in the world.


See my prior POST entitled PEANUTS TO CURE PEANUT ALLERGY for a video on research at Duke University.
Over time I will post links to news articles on peanut allergy research studies including articles on the research conducted by Duke University and Arkansas Children's Hospital under the direction of Wesley Burks, MD. 

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