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But researchers have come up with what they think might be an easier and quicker way to treat and possibly cure allergies and allergic asthma. They've taken a tiny amount of the problem substance and encapsulated it in a shell, creating a biodegradable nanoparticle that's injected into the body. The allergen is a Trojan horse of sort. Much like the Greeks who slipped into the city of Troy, the allergen slips by disguised inside a friendly outer shell.
“The findings represent a novel, safe and effective long-term way to treat and potentially ‘cure’ patients with life-threatening respiratory and food allergies,” said senior author Stephen Miller, professor of microbiology-immunology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, in a press release. “This may eliminate the need for life-long use of medications to treat lung allergy."
“It’s a universal treatment," he added. "Depending on what allergy you want to eliminate, you can load up the nanoparticle with ragweed pollen or a peanut protein.”
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originally posted by: Slanter
a reply to: BO XIAN
Oh man this would be nice. I enjoy doing outdoorsy stuff, and consider myself a good candidate for survival in a "end of civilization" scenerio... except for the fact that without my inhaler i'd probably die within a month. It's always been a little unnerving to be so dependent on medication.
originally posted by: kaelci
This is very welcome news!
My partner has asthma
Though, I'm uncertain if asthma and "allergic asthma" are the one and same?
originally posted by: BO XIAN
a reply to: rickymouse
This sounds like high tech much more than homeopathic.
Encapsulating allergen particles inside . . . essentially--as I understand it . . . nanospheres?