Sweet idea takes sting out of allergy, researchers say

An adjuvant may provide an alternative to costly and protracted bee venom desensitisation

Turbo-charging bee venom immunotherapy with an adjuvant could reduce the time it takes to achieve desensitisation in people at risk of anaphylaxis, Adelaide researchers say.

A group from Flinders University have used a proprietary polysaccharide adjuvant to boost standard immunotherapy, trialling it in 27 people with a history of rapid-onset systemic allergic reactions to honeybee stings.