Australian scientists confident of peanut allergy cure

In a huge breakthrough for parents trying to manage their children’s deadly peanut allergies, Australian scientists have revealed they may have found a long-awaited cure.

Australian children are being given ground peanuts, mixed with a probiotic as part of a new trial. The mixture aims to get the child’s stomach to accept the nuts, and initial results are encouraging. The scientists have reported that 80 per cent of the kids involved in the trial were able to tolerate peanuts, by the time they finished the study.

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It’s given hope to the thousands of Australian families dealing with peanut allergies, with one in every 100 children affected. Leanne Reed’s six-year-old son Matthew is involved in the study, and she says she’s constantly worried about his allergy.

“You want to try anything and especially as a parent, do whatever it takes to give Matthew a good chance of being able to eat peanuts,” Ms Reed told 7 News. “It would just be so much easier not to have to worry about it anymore.”

Murdoch Childrens Research Institute Professor Mimi Tang says it’s an ‘exciting’ approach to treating peanut allergies. “I expect that this treatment can be available broadly to all children with food allergy in the future.”

For more information on allergies head to Allergy and Anaphylaxis Australia or the Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy.

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