CNN.com Blogs: Experimental treatment may help food allergies
Food allergies are on the rise in the United States, especially in children.
Some children – like my allergy-stricken infant daughter – are allergic to many foods. Unfortunately, it’s impossible to know, even with preventive testing, whether a child will have a mild or severe reaction.
CNN.com Health Writer/Producer, Elizabeth Landau, blogged:
Researchers at Johns Hopkins University and Duke University are working on a treatment that may one day allow kids with allergies to safely eat the foods that cause them life-threatening reactions. It’s still in the early stages, but Dr. Robert Wood of Johns Hopkins, who has been on the forefront of food allergy research, estimates the treatment could be brought to the public within six to eight years. . . .
Wood and colleagues found promising results from this small experiment with 30 children ages 6 to 18. . . . Wood presented the study, published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, at the 2012 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology this weekend.
The results suggested that children who went through a year of sublingual therapy followed by one to two years of oral immunotherapy were less likely to have significant allergic reactions when undergoing the oral immunotherapy. Still, it did not eliminate all symptoms.
For more information, visit: http://thechart.blogs.cnn.com/2012/03/05/experimental-treatment-may-help-food-allergies/
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