Oral immunotherapy for peanut allergy 'increases risk'

There is 'significant uncertainty' over the experimental treatment's long-term safety and efficacy, say experts

Oral immunotherapy for peanut allergy greatly increases the risk of life-threatening anaphylactic reactions rather than preventing them as intended, a review of trials has found.

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And despite achieving the immunological goal of desensitisation, the experimental treatment failed to improve quality of life compared with the standard of care, the researchers say.

In a systematic review and meta-analysis of peanut allergy oral immunotherapy trials, researchers from McMaster University, Canada, analysed data from 12 studies with more than 1000 children (mean age 8.7 years), and an average year’s

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