For those who suffer from debilitating food allergies, recent medical findings might provide unprecedented hope for a cure. Scientists at the University of Saskatchewan have developed a new immunotherapy technique that has been shown to reduce allergic reactions in 90 percent of their animal test subjects after a single round of treatments.
The findings, which were published in the latest Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, have identified a way to potentially cure a variety of allergies and autoimmune diseases with one innovative new therapy. Though the initial testing was carried out on animal subjects, lead scientist John Gordon claims the likelihood of these treatments being effective in humans is high, given their use of "humanized mice" in testing (mice that have been implanted with cells from human immune systems).
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The treatment pioneered by Gordon and his team of scientists involves producing dendritic cells—those which serve as the gate-keepers of the immune system—in a test tube and exposing them to a unique mix of proteins depending on the specific allergy being treated. In 2010, the scientists successfully used this technique to reverse asthmatic response in human cells in a lab, and in 2012, they managed to eliminate asthma in affected mice after just eight weeks of treatment.