Knowing What You Eat: Researchers Are Looking for Ways to Help People Cope with Food Allergies

IEEE Pulse. Sep-Oct 2016;7(5):31-34. doi: 10.1109/MPUL.2016.2592239.


Food allergies and sensitivities have always been a public health problem but are becoming more prevalent worldwide. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reports that millions of Americans have allergic reactions to food each year. More than 17 million Europeans have a food allergy, and hospital admissions for severe reactions in children have risen sevenfold over the past decade, according to the European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology.

MeSH terms

  • Biomedical Research
  • Biotechnology / instrumentation*
  • Biotechnology / methods*
  • Food / classification*
  • Food Hypersensitivity* / prevention & control
  • Food Hypersensitivity* / rehabilitation
  • Humans
  • Machine Learning
  • Mobile Applications*
  • Smartphone
  • Spectrum Analysis / instrumentation