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PostPosted: Tue Oct 11, 2011 8:20 pm 
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When someone with a peanut allergy is exposed to peanut extract, they can experience anaphylaxis, a potentially fatal allergic reaction that can involve a drop in blood pressure or swelling of the throat. More than 3 million Americans are allergic to peanuts or tree nuts, according to the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

As part of the study, Feinberg researchers attached peanut proteins onto blood cells and re-infused them into laboratory mice. Increasing the number of T cells in the subjects’ blood, researchers attached nut proteins onto white blood cells and infused them into the mice’s bloodstreams.They were not able to predict how many years of study are needed before human trials could begin, but they agreed it won’t be soon.


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Bryce said researchers cannot conclude from the data whether individuals with peanut allergies would be able to eat the food regularly in the long-term or whether it were a matter of being able to protect against accidental ingestion.

“Under the best circumstances, it could mean you could maybe ingest whatever you’re allergic to, and that might even reinforce the treatment,” he said. “That’s our big picture concept: You could almost personalize based on the individual’s allergic profile.”


http://news.medill.northwestern.edu/chi ... ?id=190213

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 11, 2011 9:57 pm 
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I always feel hopeful when I hear of research towards a possible cure/treatment. Thanks for posting.

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12 yr old son: allergic to peanuts, tree nuts, eggs, fish, sesame, sunflower, mustard, poppy seeds, peas, carrots, some fruits, instructed to avoid all other legumes (except soy & green beans), pollen, cats, horses


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