Peanut allergy cured in long-term trial

An immunotherapy treatment for peanut allergy in children produces desensitisation that persists for four years, Victorian researchers have shown.

If confirmed in larger studies, the findings from the pilot trial would allow allergic children to consume peanuts as part of their regular diet, according to allergists at the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute in Melbourne.

In a long-term follow-up of 48 children who undertook an 18-month course of immunotherapy and probiotics for peanut allergy, they found that two-thirds of the children in the active treatment group showed no adverse