Wednesday, April 25, 2018

University of Michigan Discovers Vaccine Suppresses Peanut Allergies in Mice

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As we all know, food allergies, especially to peanuts, is a huge concern to many parents who have children suffering from a severe allergy to them.  For some kids, even the airborne dust from opening a package of peanuts is enough to send them into potentially fatal anaphylaxis.
 
Now, comes information from the University of Michigan (co-funded by the U.S. Department of Defense) that a nasal mist vaccine is protecting mice from peanut allergies.  While usage on mice is a long way from the FDA approving it for humans, this is still incredible news.  It doesn’t look like peanut allergies will abate any time in the near future, so this kind of research could change lives for the better in the not too distant future.
 
Science Daily has a very good article on the work being done.  It states in part:
 

A vaccine delivered as an ultrafine nasal spray was found to limit or prevent peanut allergy symptoms in mice that had been sensitized to peanut, according to a study published today in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology and supported by Food Allergy Research & Education, the leading organization working on behalf of patients with food allergies and the largest source of private funding for food allergy research.

Researchers with the Mary H. Weiser Food Allergy Center at the University of Michigan developed the vaccine as a new form of immunotherapy to treat allergies to peanut.

If you are interested in reading the full article on Science Daily, follow the link.  

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