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Monday, December 17, 2012

Food Allergy App?

Left: The iTube platform, which utilizes colorimetric assays and a smart phone-based digital reader. Right: A screen capture of the iTube App.
These days there's an app for everything, but an app for food allergies?
It may be closer than you think thanks to researchers at the UCLA School of Engineering and Applied Science. They've  developed a cell phone attachment called the iTube which detects allergens in food samples. The device uses the cell phone's camera feature as well as a smart phone app and boast the same level of sensitivity as laboratory testing, While technology will never take the place of being vigilant, it could be another vital resource in food allergy management.

UCLA Newsroom   

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