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Test Could Predict Whether Milk-Sensitive Kids Will Tolerate Milk In Baked Goods

February 27, 2010: 10:59 AM EST
U.S. researchers are developing a blood test that could tell whether a child known to be allergic to all cow’s milk might nevertheless tolerate milk contained in baked products. An earlier study showed that as many as 75 percent of cow’s milk-sensitive children have no allergic reaction to baked-milk products. But how do you tell ahead of time without risking a severe immune response? In this study of 41 children, the scientists found that antibodies from children hypersensitive to all milk products bound themselves to more milk protein sites (epitopes), causing an immune response. The number of epitopes involved also predicted the severity of the reaction.
"Research gets closer to a test for tolerating milk products", American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI), February 27, 2010, © American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology
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