Monday, March 17, 2008

News from the AAAAI Annual Meeting

AAAAI: Gradual Exposure Reduces Kids' Peanut Allergy

PHILADELPHIA, March 17 -- Children with clinical peanut allergies became at least modestly tolerant after a program of oral immunotherapy, a researcher said here.

Of 20 children, 18 were eventually able to eat the equivalent of 13 peanuts with few or no allergy symptoms, reported Scott Nash, M.D., of Duke University, at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology.

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This is so encouraging! I wish so badly that there were clinical trials going on in California (or even the West Coast). I would enroll Bella in a second.

What about you guys?

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Great to find your blog! I have two peanut-allergic children, and on the advise of a researcher I know, I would not enroll my children in any study because of past history of anaphylaxis. He was telling me that there have been severe and unexpected problems with even the best planned trials. You should assume that your child would have the worst possible outcome in any trial, because it is a real possibility. As that outcome could be death in my family, there is no way I could or would enroll my minor children in any peanut allergy trial. They can decide for themselves when they are older.
I so understand that if I don't do it, who will? I just hope children without our the severity of reaction can enroll -- and I do as much as possible to support research by donating and raising money and with education and advocay. Remember, this exact study has so few children enrolled, I would bet the outcome will be different when a huge pool of allergic children are tested. Allergies are so weird and no one can predict a reaction or the severity of one yet...