Researchers Devise Easy, Accurate Way to Predict Food Allergies

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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