Team of researchers working to develop therapy for peanut allergies

Peanut allergies are becoming increasingly common among children. Even the tiniest exposure can have deadly results.

And many families feel helpless.

But a team of researchers in Chapel Hill, North Carolina is trying to change that.

Scientists set out to develop a therapy for peanut allergies and according to at least one family in Winston-Salem, it’s already working.

Dr. Brian Vickery is heading up the study in Chapel Hill and admits there’s a ton of interest in his work from around the world.

The concept behind his research is straightforward: build tolerance to the peanut protein through repeated exposure.

“Over time, we`re gradually able to take that dose from a tiny fraction of a peanut to the point where they`re taking ten to 15 peanuts a day where they aren`t having symptoms,” says Dr. Vickery.

While Doctor Vickery says he’s optimistic about research results so far, he stops short of calling it a cure.

“The truth is we`re nowhere near that,” says Dr. Vickery.  “This is a research project that is showing some promising results and we want to highlight that this is encouraging. We`re excited.  But there is much, much that we don`t know.”