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A Strain of Probiotic has been identified as a Possible Cure for Peanut Allergies

Friday, March 20, 2015
A study recently reported on by the ABC reveals a possible cure for people suffering from potentially fatal peanut allergies using a particular strain of probiotics. It is believed that when the probiotic and a small dose of the peanut protein were used in the trail, the allergic response to the peanuts was modified so that the immune system produced a protective response rather than a harmful response to the peanut protein. The study was conducted by researchers from the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute and involved 60 children. The strain of probiotic used in the study was Lactobacillus rhamnosus. The results were excellent with a twenty times higher than natural rate of resolution for the peanut allergy. Eighty percent of the children who received the treatment were able to tolerate peanuts without any allergic symptoms at the end of the trial. Doctors are looking to conduct a follow-up study in three to four years to see how effective the probiotic is in the long- term.

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