Combating Peanut Allergy

by Savitha C Muppala on  October 12, 2011 at 11:34 PM Lifestyle News
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Peanut allergies happen to be one of the most common types of food allergies.

When people with such allergies are exposed to the nut, it can turn extremely dangerous and even life-threatening. Presently, there is no treatment for these allergies.
 Combating Peanut Allergy
Combating Peanut Allergy

In the case of peanut allergies, the immune system triggers a severe reaction called anaphylaxis. The reactions can be severe which can be shock, loss of consciousness, and/or constriction of airways .

Now, Northwestern University researchers reveal that they have found a way to change the immune system's response to peanuts.

During experiments peanut protein was attached to blood cells, and injected into mice with peanut allergies. This process enabled the T-cells build up tolerance to the peanut proteins, which helped in relieving potential immune response.

This result can be useful to humans in finding solutions to treat other types of food allergies. 

 Source: Medindia

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