Category: Food allergy

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

New Food Allergy Report from the US National Academies

On November 30, 2016, the US National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (Health & Medicine Division) released a major report on food allergies: Finding a Path to Safety in Food Allergy: Assessment of the Global Burden, Causes, Prevention, Management,

Immunotherapy technique holds promise for curing food allergies

AllerGen Research Leader Dr. John Gordon and his team at the University of Saskatchewan have developed a new immunotherapy technique that reverses food allergies in mice. Their research was co-funded by AllerGen and CIHR. The findings, published in the Journal

Anaphylaxis recurrence in kids: New C-CARE findings

A new study by AllerGen researchers suggests that nearly 18% of children who are treated medically for an anaphylactic reaction will experience another episode of anaphylaxis within a year. The study also found that children with food-induced anaphylaxis and children

AllerGen experts cited in Globe story about Quebec anaphylaxis incident

Commentary by AllerGen Research Leaders Drs Allan Becker (Professor and Head, Section of Allergy & Clinical Immunology, Department of Pediatrics and Child Health, University of Manitoba) and Susan Elliott (Professor, Department of Geography and Environmental Management, University of Waterloo) is

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