Entrepreneur With Food Allergies Creating Allergy Amulet

Working with a Dartmouth College expert, entrepreneur Abigail Barnes has devised a plan for a sort of mood ring type device for detecting food allergens.

The device, called an Allergy Amulet, is in the development stage, but Barnes and her business partner, Joseph BelBruno, a Dartmouth College chemistry professor and sensor technology expert. The Allergy Amulet idea has been named as a finalist in the Boston-based MassChallenge startup accelerator.

A beta prototype for the device is planned if investment funds can be secured to begin building one.

The Allergy Amulet would change a lot of things for people.

The Allergy Amulet works as a sort of cross between a diabetic's blood test system and a mood ring. The amulet could be worn on a necklace, embedded in a ring, or carried on a keychain or zipper. Small, disposable test strips can be touched to the food and then "read" by the amulet to test for contamination by known allergens.

This would not replace the usual caution and careful questioning that food allergy sufferers usually take, says Barnes, but it would add a lot of peace of mind by confirming that what the menu says about the food is correct.

Source: Bizjournals

Store

Community

More Articles

It’s the time of year when holiday parties, and family gatherings can make allergen avoidance more problematic. Whether you celebrate Christmas,...

When love is in the air we can get caught up in the moment and throw caution to the wind. However, if you have a...

Food allergies and sensitivities are on the rise. Almost everyone knows someone who has problems with at least one food. The most common food...

Peanuts and Nuts Can Trigger An Asthma Attack

According to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (AAAI), more than 3...

The relationship between anxiety and food or other allergy is a complicated and puzzling one. Research has shown that stress can exacerbate...

According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, over 50 million people in the U.S. have allergies. Today's allergy tests...

The Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act of 2004 (FALCPA) addresses the labeling of packaged food products regulated by the FDA....

For people who suffer from anaphylaxis, a severe allergic reaction that can result from an allergy to...

Anaphylactic shock (A-nuh-fih-LAK-tik shok): A severe and sometimes life-threatening immune system reaction to an antigen that a person has been...

In 1963 the American Medical Association designed a special symbol that would alert emergency medical personnel of special medical conditions when...

Finding allergy-free foods for an office potluck may seem impossible, but more options are available than you might think. Eating foods prepared...

One of the most difficult things for a parent to do is determine whether his or her toddler has a cold or a...

You no doubt have your own way of teaching people about your child’s food allergy, a way that suits your temperament, and style of communication....

Reliable peanut allergy statistics are not that easy to come by. There is a lot of available research on food allergies in general but not too...

Most people know that to enjoy whatever food safety accommodations an airline offers they need to inform the airline of their allergy prior to...

A 504 plan* documents food allergy accommodations agreed to by parents and their child’s school. Plans are typically created during a 504 meeting...

If there is a child at your children's school allergic to peanuts, the school probably discourages or may not allow peanut products to be brought...

If you are on a budget, but you need to wear some sort of notification that you have a peanut...

Unless we consciously carve out time for self-care, constant food allergy management can slowly erode our sense of well-being. Signs of allergy-...

Peanuts cause more severe food allergic reactions than other foods, followed by shellfish, fish, tree nuts and eggs. Although there is only a...