Category: Food allergy

New CHILD research: Can breastfeeding help prevent food allergies?

Dr. Meghan Azad (University of Manitoba) and Dr. Jean Marshall (Dalhousie University) have been awarded over $742,000 from CIHR to support CHILD Study research on how breastfeeding can help prevent food allergies. “It is well recognized that breastfeeding is beneficial

Anaphylaxis study finds reactions to food common among children despite adult supervision

“I think we have a false sense of security that as long as our food-allergic child is at home under the supervision of an adult we know, the child will be fine; but apparently, that isn’t the case,” says AllerGen

C-CARE: Anaphylaxis in kids occurs despite adult supervision

At least a third of reactions in children with food-induced anaphylaxis to a known allergen occur under adult supervision, according to new research led by AllerGen researchers using data from AllerGen’s nationwide Cross-Canada Anaphylaxis REgistry (C-CARE). The study, published in

Study finds asthma & food allergies predictable at age 1

A press release issued by The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (JACI) highlights new findings from AllerGen’s CHILD Study that will help doctors better predict which children will develop asthma and allergies. Analyzing data from more than 2,300 children

New genetic clue to peanut allergy

AllerGen researchers have pinpointed a new gene associated with peanut allergy. The gene, c11orf30/EMSY, is already known to play a role in other allergy-related conditions, such as eczema, asthma, and allergic rhinitis. This study is the first to associate the

Protecting against peanut allergy in children: new findings

Eating peanut while breastfeeding and early peanut introduction may help protect against peanut allergy in children, according to a new study led by researchers at the Children’s Hospital Research Institute of Manitoba and the University of Manitoba and published in

Canadian allergists/immunologists comment on recent Australian oral immunotherapy study

AllerGen investigators Drs Manel Jordana and Susan Waserman and AllerGen HQP Dr. Derek Chu have prepared a statement in response to a recent Australian study being heralded as a “breakthrough” and a “cure” for peanut allergy. The paper, published in

Allergy Pals going strong

On August 11, 2017, student Benjamin Cruickshank and his mom, Allison, met with AllerGen staff to share how the Allergy Pals program for kids with food allergies has had an impact on their lives. “I love Allergy Pals,” says 11-year-old

New CHILD Study paper on timing of food introduction & development of food sensitization

Delaying the introduction of potentially allergenic foods until after a baby’s first year may increase the likelihood of a food allergy later on, according to new findings from the Canadian Healthy Infant Longitudinal Development (CHILD) Study. The research, published in

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

Food Allergy Canada takes lead in McDonald’s menu controversy

Changes at one of the country’s oldest fast-food franchises have sparked controversy around food allergens and restaurant policies. McDonald’s Canada recently announced that all food products sold in its restaurants “may contain peanuts, tree nuts or other allergens” as the

NIAID issues new peanut introduction guidelines

On January 5, 2017, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases’ (NIAID), part of the US National Institutes of Health (NIH), released new clinical guidelines recommending the introduction of peanut-containing foods during infancy to reduce the risk of developing

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