A team from Valencia’s Polytechnic University have developed a method for detecting allergies that could transform the lives of sufferers. Current detection methods are unreliable, costly and time consuming. The new method takes less than half an hour and should cost around two euros. It works by analysing a small sample of blood and identifying biomarkers which it isolates.
This should significantly reduce the “false positive” results which currently make it so difficult to accurately narrow down the cause of an allergy. For the moment this will be utilised for the estimated 2.5 million people in Europe who suffer from allergies to antibiotics, of which there are many different types.