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PostPosted: Tue Oct 23, 2012 9:04 am 
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The new uKnow Peanut test, however, isolates and enables measurement of a patient’s response to the five specific proteins determined to be involved in an allergic reaction to peanuts, “particularly the ‘Ara h 2’ protein, which can lead to anaphylactic shock and the need for an epinephrine pen,” Zecca said.

“The previous skin and blood tests measure sensitivity to peanuts through the skin or antibodies, but they couldn’t show the type or severity of a reaction that an allergic person could have if they ate peanuts,” she said.

“However, uKnow Peanut is a molecular test of the five specific peanut proteins and can now measure a person’s likelihood of having an immunologically mediated response such as anaphylaxis, which requires an epi pen, or, conversely, can rule out the possibility of that response for a patient and provide a measure of relief,” Zecca said.

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