Calculator to Diagnose Food Allergies More Accurately
Researchers at the University College Cork have developed a new devise to detect three major kinds of food allergies in children, within seconds. The new calculator known as “ Cork-Southampton calculator” is 96% accurate compared to the other methods of detection which are around 81% accurate. With the increase in the food allergies among children, parents need an accurate and quick diagnosis to take control of the condition.
Dr Audrey DunnGalvin and Professor Jonathan Hourihane, Cork researchers, developed an allergen-specific algorithms for specific food allergies (eggs, peanuts, cow’s milk). According to the researchers, the more the clinical information, the more accurate the prediction would be. They considered the results of data collected from the clinical factors and compared them to the food allergies. From the analysis, the accurate calculator was developed to predict individual allergies.
This calculator can be of great importance to improve the quality of the patient’s life. The present-day allergy tests are very expensive and time-consuming. This simple device can overcome all these challenges along with greater accuracy. The research appears in the journal, Journal of Allergy And Clinical Immunology.