Archive for the ‘Testing’ Category

Common allergy tests are not interchangeable

Posted by RoseBoccio on May 9th, 2008

From a press release on PRNewswire: “Data published in the May issue of the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology revealed variations in the results of three common allergy diagnostic blood tests used to quantify sensitivities to allergens. The study, conducted by allergy specialists at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, determined that the laboratory results from two other commercial tests for specific IgE were not equivalent to those measured by ImmunoCAP(R) Specific IgE blood test.” Read the details here.

Video capsule may soon diagnose celiac disease

Posted by SB Anderson on September 2nd, 2007

From Reuters in the US: “A new device — video capsule enteroscopy (VCE) — accurately detects intestinal atrophy in patients suspected to have celiac disease, according to a report in the American Journal of Gastroenterology.” Read more here.

FA test not always reliable

Posted by SB Anderson on September 2nd, 2007

From Glasgow, Scotland’s The Herald: “Children undergoing food allergy tests sometimes experience a reverse placebo effect – believing they have had an allergic reaction when they have actually received a placebo.” Read more here.

Docs warn: blood tests sometimes unreliable

Posted by SB Anderson on July 22nd, 2007

From Toscany, Italy’s “Blood tests are becoming an increasingly popular tool in the diagnosis of food allergies, but a study led by scientists at Johns Hopkins Children’s Center reports that some tests are more accurate than others and that too-heavy reliance on blood tests alone to predict allergic reactions may not be a good idea.” Read the details here.