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Peanut Allergy Probiotics Study Sees Success in Children's Tolerance

By    |   Monday, 02 Feb 2015 06:43 PM

People who suffer from potentially deadly peanut allergies could find relief with a new probiotics therapy being researched in Australia.

In a study with 60 children with peanut allergies, researchers at the Murdoch Children's Research Institute in Victoria, Australia, determined that a dose of a probiotic together with peanut proteins in increasing amounts resulted in 80 percent of the children becoming tolerant of peanuts.

The children were given the Lactobacillus rhamnosus strain of probiotics, information on the institute’s website said.

“The probiotic was a fixed daily dose, while the peanut oral immunotherapy was a daily dose of peanut protein starting at very low doses followed by a dose increase every two weeks until the maintenance dose (2 grams peanut protein) was reached,” the website said.

Professor Mimi Tang, a lead researcher, said on the website that the study results show potential for treating food allergies. She also said the treatment should be done only under medical supervision, and that parents should not try to replicate the results on their own.

“Many of the children and families believe it has changed their lives, they’re very happy, they feel relieved,” Tang told The Guardian. “These findings provide the first vital step towards developing a cure for peanut allergy and possibly other food allergies.”

She also said the prevalence of peanut allergies was one reason they focused on that particular allergic response.

“We focused on peanut allergy because it is usually lifelong and it is the most common cause of death from food anaphylaxis,” Tang told the Guardian.

The causes of food allergies remain unknown, and they’ve been significantly increasing. Researchers believe genetics may be part of the issue, but "this kind of change in such a short time frame must be explained by something in the environment," University of Chicago immunologist Cathryn Nagler told LiveScience.

Nagler was part of a research team that determined mice responded to changes in their bacterial colony caused by probiotics, which in turn provoked an immunological response to peanut allergies.

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