Eczema study

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A new trial at Auck­land Uni­ver­sity could help youngsters with eczema over­come the ir­ri­ta­ble skin con­di­tion.

Pro­fes­sor Peter Black and his team are seek­ing chil­dren aged be­tween two and 18, with vis­i­ble, itchy moderate eczema to take part in the trial.

Tri­al­ists will con­sume 10 grams of but­ter or but­ter en­riched with con­ju­gated linoleic acid a day for six weeks, which has been found to have anti-in­flam­ma­tory prop­er­ties.

Prospec­tive par­tic­i­pants should not be al- ler­gic to milk, not be on long-term pow­er­ful med­i­ca­tions and have no other se­ri­ous ill­nesses.

Pro­fes­sor Black says the huge in­crease in eczema over the last 40 years could have some­thing to do with chang­ing lifestyles, which sees less but­ter and more mar­garine con­sumed in to­day’s world.

Those in­ter­ested in par­tic­i­pat­ing in the study should con­tact Bar­bara Rother­ham on 373-7599 ext 86580 or b.rother­ham@auck­land. ac.nz.

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