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Peanut allergy researchers say they may have found key to a cure

Australian researchers have found a possible key to a cure for people with potentially fatal peanut allergies.

A Melbourne-based study has already transformed the lives of many of the children who took part in the clinical trial.

Researchers from the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute gave about 30 allergic children a daily dose of peanut protein together with a probiotic in an increasing amount over an 18-month period.

The probiotic used in the study was Lactobacillus rhamnosus and the dose was equivalent to eating about 20kg of yoghurt each day. At the end of the trial 80% of the children could eat peanuts without any reaction.

“Many of the children and families believe it has changed their lives, they’re very happy, they feel relieved,” said the lead researcher, Mimi Tang. “These findings provide the first vital step towards developing a cure for peanut allergy and possibly other food allergies.”

Iced Allergy Relief Herbal Tea Recipe

Here’s a simply sweet anti-allergy herbal tea recipe. I like to make this big and ice it. These herbs do well when chilled and make a wonderful daily spring tonic! If you aren’t sure how to brew iced herbal tea, find out here.

1 part Stinging Nettle (dried and properly processed)

2 parts Lemon Balm

10 Elder Berries

Organic Orange Wedge

You can prepare this as an iced herbal tea, or make it as a hot tea and squeeze the orange wedge over your cup to get some juice.

This tea is naturally sweet, green, and light. Adding local organic honey makes it even better tasting and better at helping your immune system fight off common local allergens!

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Mechanism Behind Asthma and Chronic Rhinosinusitis Proposed 

A new Northwestern Medicine study suggests that a protein called Oncostatin M (OSM) may compromise the airway’s epithelial barrier, a wall of cells that blocks pathogens, environmental factors and allergens from entering tissue and triggering the body’s immune system.

“Barrier function is really important in keeping pathogens out of the tissue,” said first author Kate Pothoven, a doctoral student in the Driskill Graduate Program in Life Sciences (DGP). “This may be your first line of defense against things that could elicit an immune response that may lead to chronic inflammation.”

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This study was supported by the National Institutes of Health grants R37HL068546, R01HL078860, U19AI106683 and T32AI007476-16 and the Ernest S. Bazley Foundation.