Breakthrough research could see the end of deadly peanut allergies

A long-term cure for children with deadly peanut allergies may soon be widely available.

Researchers from Melbourne's Murdoch Childrens Research Institute say that their breakthrough therapy leaves two out of three patients able to eat peanuts as part of their normal diet for more than four years after their initial treatment.

The treatment combines a small amount of peanut flour with a very high dose of the probiotic Lactobacillus rhamnosus.

The bacterium, commonly found in yoghurt, calms the immune system's response and severity of allergic reactions. So when paired together with peanut flour, the probiotic mix encourages the immune system to gradually tolerate larger and larger doses.

The treatment needs to now be commercialised, with researchers hoping the product will be on the shelves in the next five years.

H/T: The Age