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Study: Peanut Protein Can Help 2 of 3 Children Who Suffer From Allergies

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By    |   Sunday, 18 November 2018 10:15 PM

A new study suggests peanut protein, administered daily in small doses, can help 2 out of 3 children who suffer from peanut allergies.

The report, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, said 67 percent of the participants who received the treatment were able to ingest a dose of 600 mg (four peanuts) or more of peanut protein without dose-limiting symptoms.

The study lasted a year and was funded by Aimmune Therapeutics. Scientists believe they will have approval for their treatment by next year.

Participants were started on a very low dose of peanut protein – a peanut contains 300 mg – and gradually ingested more as the study went on for 12 months.

By the end of the trial, the average amount tolerated was 1,000 mg.

“To me that is astounding,” allergist Stephen Tillis, a professor at the University of Washington and co-author of the study, told The Guardian.

“It is a pharmaceutical-grade treatment product. It is not just peanut flour that you can buy somewhere.” It is, he said, “a grade that the FDA [Food and Drug Administration, which licenses drugs in the US] here would be satisfied with.”

Twenty percent of children dropped out of the trial, including 12 percent because of severe side effects, and the treatment is costly at nearly $20,000 per child. Ten percent of children required rescue epinephrine during the exit challenge, compared with 53 percent in the placebo group.

"These treatments really have the potential to transform people's lives," said Dr. Brian Vickery, the study's lead author and director of the Children's Healthcare of Atlanta Food Allergy Program and associate professor of pediatrics at the Emory University School of Medicine. "And I have seen it happen firsthand: the sense of relief [families] get when a child becomes desensitized."

Approximately 4 percent of Americans have a food allergy, according to a study published in 2017.

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