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.