Bring on the PB&Js: A New Treatment Could Reverse Peanut Allergies in Kids
Reese's Peanut Butter Cups and PB&Js and peanut-butter pretzel bars: These are a few of our favorite things. But sadly, they're off limits to three million Americans (per the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology) who suffer from peanut allergies.
But thanks to new work by professor Mimi Tang and a team of Australian researchers, peanut allergies could soon be a thing of the past. Tang and her team have developed a method of reversing peanut allergies by combining a probiotic with peanut oral immunotherapy, or PPOIT. The point is to expose kids to small doses of peanuts over time, essentially reprogramming their immune systems until they develop a tolerance.
But don't go on a PB spree just yet. While the research is definitely a step in the right direction, the study was small and the concept is still pretty new. But it's an exciting sign that in the future, every kid on earth might be able to enjoy life's peanutty pleasures.