Brett Nasuti, the 12-year-old Children’s patient who last year became the first person in the country to take part in a milk allergy desensitization study, is featured in a Boston Globe article today about the rise in food allergies – and why doctors and researchers are so flummoxed by it.
Brett Nasuti is the first patient to participate in a milk desensitization study at Children’s. In this video—the third in our Milk Allergy series—Brett takes his very first (tiny) sips of cow’s milk. Watch to see how he tolerates the allergen.
To see the first video, in which Brett and his mom, Robyn, talk about what it’s been like for their family to live with his life-threatening condition and their hopes for the trial’s outcome, click here.
To read Robyn’s account of what it was like when she found out about Brett’s severe allergies, read an excerpt from her diary.
Check back next week to see the Nasuti family take on their regular challenge of food shopping—no easy feat, considering that two out of the three Nasuti children have life-threatening food allergies.
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In this second video in our Milk Allergy series, Children’s Allergy Program’s Director, Lynda Schneider, MD, discusses her groundbreaking study to teach severely allergic patients, like Brett Nasuti, featured in our video last week, to tolerate milk. Much like environmental allergy shots, patients get exposed to tiny amounts of the allergen—in this case, by drinking cow’s milk—so their immune systems become desensitized and don’t react to it. Until recently, the only treatment for allergies has consisted of avoiding the food and managing reactions when they occur. This exposure desensitization trial—the first of its kind in the country—represents a bold new way of thinking about food allergies.
Check back next week to see Brett take his first-ever sip of milk.
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