Experts evaluate food allergy ‘apps’

How useful are smartphone apps designed for people with food allergies?

In the lead-up to the broadcast of The Allergy Fix—a new Nature of Things documentary about food allergies in Canada and beyond—CBC interviews a consultant at Anaphylaxis Canada and clinical expert Dr. Scott Sicherer about the benefits of mobile apps for food allergy sufferers.

“There’s a big difference if you’re deciding if something’s going to send you into [life-threatening] anaphylaxis, or if the calories are higher or lower. The margin of error is different,” says Dr. Sicherer, Chief of the Division of Allergy and Immunology at the Jaffe Food Allergy Institute at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York.

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The Allergy Fix, which features AllerGen researchers Dr. Susan Waserman and Dr. Stuart Turvey, airs Thursday, February 27, 2014, at 7 p.m. EST on CBC.