Allergy Testing

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More on Skin prick testing as a possible cause of food allergy. A long blog from the mother of a multi allergic child questioning the safety of skin prick testing. July 2018

Skin Prick Testing as a Cause of Food Allergy? Could skin prick tests cause the allergies that they are designed to diagnose? Dr Janice Joneja believes that they could. April 2018

Personal allergen testing devices – can they be trusted? Adrian Rogers of Romer Labs says emphatically 'no'. January 2018

Can blood samples from active-CD patients be used to detect residual gluten-fragments in beer? Sue Cane investigates. March 2017

Mass spectrometry improves the accuracy of allergen testing. October 2015

Professor Aristo Vojdani discusses the history of food testing, analyzes the criticisms of it, reviews the scientific literature, and tours the methodologies. 2015

Pitfalls in Food Allergy Diagnosis: Serum IgE Testing. Helpful guidance from Drs David Fleischer and Wesley Burks. January 2015

Component testing for food allergies beneficial when additional specificity required. November 2014

New nickel blood tests being developed for those having replacement surgery, 10% of whom are proving to be allergic to either the metals or cement used. May 2013

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology advise against too many allergy tests. Their Chosing Wisely website suggests a pretest protocol for both physicians and those who suspect that they may have allergies. March 2013

Blood and skin prick tests should not be the sole basis for allergy diagnosis, leading allergists warn. December 2011

Testing for allergen components: the allergenicity of molecules. Allergy Research Foundation meeting. November 2011

New international guidelines on allergy testing. March 2010

New, more sensitive food allergy tests. November 2009

A guide to self-diagnosis of allergy or intolerance to food by Harry Morrow-Brown. 2008

Testing for allergies and intolerances: an attempt to chart a course through the complexities of allergy testing, by Michelle Berriedale-Johnson. 2007


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Research Reports

In a large cohort of infants with atopic dermatitis at risk for development of food allergy, food-antigen-specific immunoglobulin E (sIgE) levels were not clinically useful for predicting food allergy development. December 2015

Allergen component-resolved diagnostic testing (CRD) is a new methodology in clinical food allergy diagnosis, improving the ability to identify specific clinical phenotypes and identifying of specific molecules causing sensitization or allergy. June 2015

How oral food challenges may be designed to assess specific characteristics of the food allergic response. August 2015

Doctors warn common food allergy tests may not identify all cases in children. July 2015

Molecular diagnostics should be used in a targeted manner for an accurate assessment and diagnosis of food allergy, which would also reduce the use of oral challenges, to predict severe reactions and allergy persistence. June 2015

Food protein allergen characterization and quantification, together with the immunoglobulin E epitope mapping, will contribute to the diagnosis/prognosis of food allergy and will lead to a better safety assessment of foods (e.g. novel transgenic foods). April 2015

To improve the accuracy of skin prick tests in diagnosing food sensitivy the quality of the food extracts needs to be improved and both IgE and IgG needs to be measured. 2015

Molecular diagnosis shows promise in allergy diagnosis. It provides information on allergenic components at the molecular level, allowing better understanding of symptoms and patient adjusted procedures. June 2014

ECG/computer combination detects allergy on average 17 minutes earlier than trained clinicians during oral food challenges. February 2015

New single blood drop diagnostic activation test (DAT) for food allergies shows promise. Research August 2011; comment December 2014

Atopy patch test in the diagnosis of food allergy in children with gastrointestinal symptoms useful for wheat sensitivity but of little value in the detection of cow's milk allergy. June 2014

Researchers in Valencia are developing a system, based on photonic biosensors, which is expected to be able to test for hundreds of different foods using a single drop of blood and delivering a result in 15 minutes. The instrument will be ready to begin clinical trials with patients from June, and testing will take place at the Hospital of the Universitaetsmedizin in Berlin. January 2013

Both skin prick and blood tests are unrelaible because they produce far too high a level of false positives/negatives. Allergen component-resolved diagnostics (CRD) tests have the potential to provide more accurate diagnoses but are not as yet sufficiently thoroughly researched. December 2012

Skin prick test and specific serum IgE in the diagnosis of suspected allergy in children: does one replace the other? August 2012

Interactions between substances determine allergenic potential. December 2011

A new method for testing allergenic substances without experimenting on animals. December 2011

Overwhelming reliance on food allergy tests may result in inaccurate diagnosis. March 2009

Industry demand prompts new buckwheat allergen test. May 2011

Reliability of skin prick test results depends on when they are read. May 2011

Men may have a greater risk for allergy than women. May 2011

Online food allergy predictor developed. March 2011

Food allergy blood tests overdiagnose allergy. October 2010

Unreliable blood tests cause overdiagnosis of food allergy in the US. April 2009

Food allergy tests unreliable. January 2008

Molecular testing for allergies. May 2010

Detecting food allergies by screening cytokine production. May 2010

New blood test for allergy for new born babies. May 2010

New genetic technique to identify wrongly labelled foods. November 2009

Southampton Hospital now offers advanced drug and food allergy testing to patients across the south of England. August 2009

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