Study shows there may be hope on the horizon for those with severe peanut allergies

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AUSTRALIA (WITI) — There may be hope on the horizon for those with severe peanut allergies.

Researchers at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute gave a group of 30 children increasing amounts of peanut protein and a probiotic over an 18-month period. Nearly 80% had no allergic reaction to peanuts as a result.

The probiotic used was “lactobacillus rhamnosus.” Its dosage was the equivalent of eating more than 700 ounces of yogurt a day.

Study authors caution against attempting to replicate their work at home, as some children did still have serious allergic reactions.

A follow-up study will test whether the peanut tolerance continues for years to come.

The Murdoch Children’s Research Institute was established by Dame Elisabeth Murdoch, the mother of Rupert Murdoch, chairman and CEO of 21st Century Fox.

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