An on-line calculator that predicts, within seconds, the presence of the three major food allergies in children has been developed by researchers at University College Cork. They have devised a new ‘Cork-Southampton calculator’ that gives 96% accuracy compared to current methods that are 61% 81% accurate. The research will be published online tomorrow in the leading international allergy journal, Journal of Allergy & Clinical Immunology.
Food allergies have increased over the past decade as has the number of patients and parents seeking diagnosis. Double-blind, placebo-controlled food challenges are the gold standard for diagnosing food allergy, but they are time-consuming, Continue reading