Category: CHILD Study

New CHILD video: Link between traffic pollution and allergy risk

A new CHILD Study video shows how breathing in traffic fumes during infancy can increase the risk of allergies later on. CHILD is following 3,500 Canadian children from pre-birth to school age and beyond to help us understand the causes

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AllerGen Research Leader heads major urban health project

AllerGen Research Leader Dr. Jeffrey Brook is Scientific Director and Nominated-Principal Investigator on a new five-year, $4.16 million Operating Grant from the CIHR’s Environments and Health Signature Initiative. The project, CANadian Urban Environmental (CANUE) Health Research Consortium, aims to advance

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CHILD Study director awarded J. Allyn Taylor International Prize in Medicine

Dr. Malcolm Sears, an internationally renowned respirologist and epidemiologist, has been named joint winner of the prestigious 2016 J. Allyn Taylor International Prize in Medicine. The Robarts Research Institute of Western University in London, ON, awards the prize annually to

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Does thumb sucking ward off allergies?

Children who suck their thumbs or bite their nails may have a lower risk of developing allergies, according to new findings published in the journal Pediatrics. “While we don’t recommend that these habits be encouraged, there does appear to be

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CHILD Study shows link between IgA and C. difficile bacteria

A new study from AllerGen’s Canadian Healthy Infant Longitudinal Development (CHILD) Study is the first to show an association between early gut immune development and colonization with Clostridium difficile (C. difficile)—a bacteria known to be a risk factor for future

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Two AllerGen trainees awarded ATS Abstract Scholarships

AllerGen trainees Maxwell Tran and Dr. Leila Mostaço-Guidolin were recognized for the outstanding quality of their abstracts at the 2016 conference of the American Thoracic Society (ATS), held May 13–18, 2016, in San Francisco. Tran, a BHSc student at McMaster

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Prenatal fruit consumption boosts babies’ cognitive development: CHILD Study data

New research using data from AllerGen’s Canadian Healthy Infant Longitudinal Development (CHILD) Study has found that children perform better on developmental testing at one year of age if their mothers consume more fruit during pregnancy. AllerGen investigator Dr. Piush Mandhane,

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Diet soft drinks during pregnancy affect infant BMI: CHILD Study data

New results based on CHILD Study data and published in JAMA Pediatrics show that pregnant mothers’ intake of artificially sweetened drinks may increase their babies’ risk of obesity. Though previously suggested by some animal research, this is the first evidence

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Three CHILD Study projects awarded CIHR grants

Three research projects leveraging AllerGen’s Canadian Healthy Infant Longitudinal Development (CHILD) Study have been awarded 5-year grants, valued at over $5.6 million, from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). The funding was announced today by the Honourable Jane Philpott,

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Microbiome seeding begins in the womb

When is a baby’s microbiome first established? Is it at birth when an infant is exposed to its mother’s microbes and the environment? Or is it even earlier? A review paper by AllerGen researchers summarizes the growing evidence that human

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Maclean’s magazine places CHILD Study centre stage

Maclean’s magazine featured the Canadian Healthy Infant Longitudinal Development (CHILD) Study and recent scientific discoveries generated from CHILD Study data in its November 16, 2015, issue. The feature article “Gut feelings: A baby’s gut bacteria shape her health, and may

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AllerGen’s Scientific Director talks about ‘big data’

“Imagine a crystal ball into early life, from the womb to 100 days after birth: imagine knowing how to set in motion a path to healthy living in families and communities. At McMaster we are creating this crystal ball through

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