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PostPosted: Thu Oct 31, 2013 7:13 pm 

Joined: Thu Dec 20, 2007 7:23 pm
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Location: Kingston
Potential peanut allergy breakthrough garners Genentech's interest at Children's Hospital

Researchers there combined an FDA-approved allergy drug, Xolair, with increased exposure to peanuts. Xolair is made by Swiss pharmaceutical company Roche AG’s Genentech unit.

The pilot included just 13 children, and the results were dramatic: Just three allergic reactions requiring intervention with epinephrine during the year-long study. Finding a first-ever treatment for peanut allergies is an important health care goal and a huge market opportunity. ... ntial.html


PostPosted: Fri Nov 01, 2013 12:44 pm 

Joined: Tue Jun 26, 2007 2:45 pm
Posts: 816
Location: Vancouver, BC
Thanks for posting this. Sounds like an exciting breakthrough.

So they are combining Xolair injections with oral immunotherapy, but doesn't look like they had a control group that received immunotherapy without Xolair?

Then I was wondering how Xolair worked and found this on their website: "XOLAIR works by blocking IgE (immunoglobulin E). IgE is a substance your body makes. It plays a key role in the body’s allergic response and allergic asthma."

Interesting nonetheless, and hope more comes of this.

DD 2004 Allergy to peanuts, egg, sesame, and new: lentils and chick peas
DS 2006 Allergy to peanuts, tree nuts, milk, egg, kiwi fruit, eczema

PostPosted: Fri Nov 01, 2013 11:46 pm 

Joined: Thu Feb 26, 2009 12:05 am
Posts: 668
Location: AB, Canada
Thanks for posting this, very interesting.

DSs 12, 12, 14 all PA

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