End of inhalers? Cure for asthma and food allergies on horizon

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End of inhalers? Cure for asthma and food allergies on horizon

Post by Guest on Mon May 09, 2016 5:26 am

A universal cure for asthma and food allergies is on the horizon after scientists found a way to convince the immune system to ignore triggers like pollen or peanuts.
The new approach involves taking a small amount of the problem food or allergen and encasing it in a special shell to form a 'nanoparticle' which the immune system sees as debris.When specialist cleaning cells move in to sweep away the debris, they find the hidden cargo, but send out a signal to say that it is not harmful. 
"The findings represent a novel, safe and effective long-term way to treat and potentially 'cure' patients with life-threatening respiratory and food allergies," said Professor Stephen Miller of Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Illinois, US. 
"This may eliminate the need for life-long use of medications to treat lung allergy.
"It's a universal treatment. Depending on what allergy you want to eliminate, you can load up the nanoparticle with ragweed pollen or a peanut protein."

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2016/04/18/end-of-inhalers-cure-for-asthma-and-food-allergies-on-horizon/

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Post by eddie on Mon May 09, 2016 8:34 am

I hope this happens soon, my son suffers terribly from hayfever
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Post by Ben Reilly on Mon May 09, 2016 8:55 am

That is so clever, and could improve so many people's lives. My friends' son can't be in the same room with a peanut and suffers a lot of other allergies.
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Post by Raggamuffin on Mon May 09, 2016 9:50 am

Very good. I wonder if they'll be able to extend this to treat autoimmune disease as well.
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Post by eddie on Mon May 09, 2016 11:10 am

Here's hoping so rags
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