A team led by a researcher at the Stanford University School of Medicine has developed vaccines that vastly reduce or eliminate dogs allergic reactions to three major food allergens: peanuts, milk and wheat. The vaccines benefits lasted at least three months.
The research, published in the Nov. 12 online edition of the journal Allergy and completed jointly with scientists at UC-San Francisco, UC-Davis and UC-Berkeley, is the first to reverse pre-existing food allergies in an animal other than a mouse. The vaccines provide new hope to the millions of people who suffer from food allergies.
"Food allergy is an important problem for which there is no good treatment," said Dale Umetsu, MD, PhD, professor of pediatrics at Stanford and chief of the division of allergy and immunology at Lucile Packard Childrens Hospital. "Developing a cure for this growing problem will help millions of people and save lives."
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