August 29, 2014
Researchers at Texas Children’s Hospital and Baylor College of Medicine have begun a peanut immunotherapy trial to investigate the ability of peanut allergic children to take peanut flour.
The researchers began enrolling children with peanut allergies in the trial in August, and will investigate “the mechanism by which the body develops tolerance and measure the effect of viral infections,” according to a press release. Desensitization, in which patients swallow tiny, increasing amounts of peanut over time, will be used. Discovering a standard of care that could lower the risk for severe allergic reactions in patients and eventually cease the allergy are study goals.