UPMC researchers take part in peanut allergy study

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PITTSBURGH - Researchers at UPMC Children's Hospital in Bloomfield are looking at a new way to help patients with peanut allergies.

The first step of the study is to see how well a patient can tolerate eating peanuts.

The patient then wears a patch containing a small amount of peanut protein and is watched closely for a year.

The hope is that the patient can better tolerate peanuts at the end of the year.

Luke Fabisiak first learned he had a peanut allergy after he had a reaction when he was 3 years old.

"I'm hoping this study, if it's not this year find a cure, years down the road it could lead to potential cure for this disease," said Fabisiak.

Doctors at Children's Hospital said a smaller study showed promise.

The study is being done at Pediatric Clinical and Translational Research Center at Children's. The PCTRC is a unique multidisciplinary setting that gives physicians the opportunity to investigate childhood diseases in a controlled environment on both an inpatient and outpatient basis.

If you are interested in learning more about the study you can call 877-296-9026.