Coventry University Create App to Aid People with Severe Allergies

iphone-AppCoventry University has joined forces with a leading UK healthcare charity, the Anaphylaxis Campaign, to develop a newly launched iPhone app which helps people affected by severe allergic reactions.

Dr Joanna Kosmala-Anderson, a Research Fellow from the University’s Applied Research Centre in Health and Lifestyle Interventions, collaborated on the project with a member of the Anaphylaxis Campaign’s Clinical and

Scientific Advisory Panel; Dr Andrew Clark from the Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Anaphylaxis is an extreme and severe allergic reaction. Common causes or ‘allergens’ include foods, insect bites/stings, penicillin and other drugs or injections. Symptoms, which are typically rapid in onset, can include bodily rashes, swelling of the throat and mouth, and a sudden feeling of weakness caused by a drop in blood pressure.

Anaphylaxis is potentially fatal and it is estimated that in the UK alone, it is a cause of 30,000 hospital admissions and 20 deaths every year, although this may be a substantial underestimate.

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