Author: Marshall Beck

Phase III trial shows new drug can help patients with severe asthma reduce oral steroids

An international study has shown that a new injectable drug (benralizumab) successfully targets the receptor of the immune system protein interleukin-5 (IL-5), allowing patients with hard-to-control asthma associated with blood or sputum eosinophils to reduce or discontinue oral steroids while

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A child’s unique “web of exposures” can affect lung health

Naturally, aspects of a person’s environment are connected, but until recently, scientists lacked the tools to visualize this complex web. The “exposome” concept maps environmental exposures and shows how they can affect a person’s health. In the first study to

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Can breastfeeding help protect babies from wheezing?

New research published 2 May 2017 in the European Respiratory Journal by AllerGen trainee Lorena Vehling and AllerGen investigator Dr. Meghan Azad shows that breastfed babies have a reduced rate of wheezing, putting them at a lower risk for asthma

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Virtual breastfeeding communities: a project inspired at AllerGen event

What do Instagram, breastfeeding, a Manitoba-based epidemiologist and an Alberta-based digital technology expert have in common? They all come together in a new research project, with the AllerGen network as the catalyst. At AllerGen’s 2016 Research Conference in Vancouver, BC,

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Pet exposure during early life affects infant gut microbiota

Owning a cat or dog might be a good thing when it comes to reducing the risk of childhood allergies and obesity, according to new findings from the Canadian Healthy Infant Longitudinal Development (CHILD) Study. The research, published in the

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AllerGen authors on 2016 Science Book Awards shortlist

Let Them Eat Dirt, a book based on research into how the microbes in our body contribute to our lifelong health, is on the shortlist for the 2016 Science in Society General Book Award. AllerGen investigator Dr. B. Brett Finlay

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Molecular “fingerprinting” finds altered levels of sensor proteins in asthmatics

AllerGen researchers at McMaster University have found that people with mild allergic asthma have altered levels of “sensor” proteins that defend against infection and disease. Toll-like like receptors (TLRs) are proteins that play a key role in detecting and responding

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Why are some food allergies lifelong?

New research by AllerGen investigators Drs Manel Jordana and Susan Waserman and their team at McMaster University helps to explain why allergies to some foods, such as peanut, may persist for a lifetime. The study, published in the Journal of

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New microbiome book highlights AllerGen research

A new book, describing the “seed-and-feed” process by which a baby’s gut microbiome is established, features AllerGen investigator Dr. Anita Kozyrskyj and her research using CHILD Study data. Written for the general public, Your Baby’s Microbiome: The Critical Role of

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CHILD Study in The Economist

The Economist magazine highlights the CHILD Study in its February 25, 2017, issue. The article, “Four good bugs,” profiles research led by AllerGen investigator Dr. Brett Finlay of The University of British Columbia, which looks at the relationship between gut

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Malcolm Sears: CHR Researcher of the Month

“An innate curiosity, rugged determination, keen power to intuit observations, and capacity to think and act outside the box”–these are a few qualities of AllerGen Research Leader Dr. Malcolm Sears highlighted by Canadians for Health Research (CHR) as they honour

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Diabetes in pregnancy associated with impaired lung function and childhood asthma

Diabetes in pregnancy may lead to impaired lung development and poor respiratory health among infants, according to a new review paper by researchers at the Developmental Origins of Chronic Diseases in Children Network (DEVOTION) in Manitoba. The article, “Diabetes in

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