I’ve been reading more this week about the doctors at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge. I’ve tried to contact Addenbrooke’s hospital to ask them for more information about their amazing trials, so far to no avail. Since the well publicised article back in February 2009 (to read this article click here) about the children who were gradually desensitised to their peanut allergies, we’ve seen lots of articles jumping on the band wagon and reprinting this news as if it were something new!
This weekend in the Sunday Telegraph an article by Richard Gray, the Telegraph’s science correspondent entitled “Doctors develop cure for peanut allergy” leapt out of the page at me. “What’s new?” I thought. “I’ve heard it all before”. “What does it mean for me?” visit their website. Don’t get too excited though, enrolment to take part in the study has closed and the results are not due until 2013.
This leaves me to continue my quest to rid myself of horrible allergies and intolerances. Are there any studies taking place on adults? If you know of any please let me know. I’m also interested in reintroduction but this doesn’t seem to be on offer through the NHS here in Bucks. I met some dieticians at the Allergy Show in London this year who told me this was common practise in Southampton, them explained that they would slowly reintroduce the foods causing mild reactions. Is this more sensible than complete avoidance, which is the method I am trying to use to stay in control? I am also currently having skin prick tests, patch tests and dietary advice from my local allergy clinic. I’ll let you all know how I get on with this, so far nothing new.
Let me know what you think. How long till a cure is nationwide and available on the NHS?