Fact or Fiction: Can you cure an allergy?
At Lifelab Testing we want to make sure that our customers have the most recent knowledge in the field of scientific studies and the details of clinical trials are ongoing around the world, especially if they include information about a possible treatment to food allergies.
Today we want to update our readers/customers on a recent study (October 2020) from Evelina London Children’s Hospital published in the journal Lancet Child and Adolescent Health. The ARTEMIS study (Food Allergen Immunotherapy study) recruited nearly 200 children aged four to 17 from across Europe to take part in one of the largest peanut allergy treatment trials that had ever been conducted.
Participants either received peanut allergen protein (AR101) or a placebo powder. Doses were gradually increased every two weeks for a year. The results, which were recently published in the journalLancet Child and Adolescent Health, found that more than half of the participants (58%) treated with the peanut protein could tolerate at least 3 to 4 peanuts compared to just 2% of participants on the placebo.
This is an exciting discovery and is providing more evidence that ingesting small amounts of the triggered food (peanut protein), can increase tolerance and protect allergic people to develop serious allergic reactions (anaphylactic).
Lifelab Testing must highlight the fact that clinical trials are taken place only in research centres of clinics with extensive experience, under the supervision of trained medical personnel that can prevent and treat any serious allergic reactions that could be activated during the Food Allergen Immunotherapy as reported from the European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology.
At the moment the Food Allergen Immunotherapy is used to raise the threshold of the allergen needed to trigger an allergic reaction, and not expected to be a cure for food allergies. However, it is exciting as with the growing research in the field the landscape of treatment, it could be very different in ten years.
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Written and edited by Dr Enzo Fornari PhD, MSc trained as Scientific Researcher in the field of Pharmaceutical Science, Biophysics