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End of inhalers? cure for asthma and food allergies on horizon

LNM Radio Network

LNM Radio Network

A universal cure for asthma and food allergies is on the horizon after scientists found a way to convince the immune system to ignore triggers like pollen or peanuts.

The new approach involves taking a small amount of the problem food or allergen and encasing it in a special shell to form a ‘nanoparticle’ which the immune system sees as debris.

When specialist cleaning cells move in to sweep away the debris, they find the hidden cargo, but send out a signal to say that it is not harmful.