Category: Publications/Research updates

Is food allergy a legal disability and how does this affect Canadian schools?

Artwork: Sean Caulfield In the Canadian legal context, food allergy is considered a disability that must be accommodated by schools. However, food bans are not legally required, according to the conclusions of a new AllerGen study published in Allergy, Asthma

Few outgrow seafood allergies

New AllerGen-supported research suggests that people allergic to fish and shellfish do not usually outgrow these allergies. Published in The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology: In Practice, the study used data collected by survey and by accessing medical records

National food policy plan overlooks food allergy—commentary

Why are 50% of Canadian households—those affected by food allergy, either directly or indirectly—ignored in a national food policy plan to address healthy living and safe food? The question is raised in a new Canadian Food Studies commentary by AllerGen

Breastfeeding may protect against obesity in early life

New CHILD Study research has found that infants who are breastfed have a reduced risk of being overweight in the first year of life—and that the protective association is stronger with longer and more exclusive breastfeeding. “We found that the

Study sheds light on how the immune system “remembers” food allergens

An AllerGen-supported research team at McMaster University is studying why the body’s immune system responds inappropriately to certain foods and why some food allergies are lifelong. A food allergy is an abnormal immune response to a food. The immune system

Household cleaners may cause obesity in young children

Killing germs around the house may have an impact on young childrens’ waistlines. The connection? The infant gut microbiome, according to a study led by AllerGen investigator Dr. Anita Kozyrskyj (University of Alberta). “Infants living in households where disinfectants are

AllerGen researchers launch food allergy app for youth

Kung Food, a food allergy app for youth and teens that was developed with AllerGen support, is now available in the Mac App Store and on Google Play. The mobile application aims to improve the knowledge and skills of youth

Epinephrine underused during anaphylaxis outside of hospital

“It’s a disappointing reality that epinephrine is seriously underused during an anaphylactic reaction, even when it is carried,” says AllerGen investigator Dr. Moshe Ben-Shoshan (Montreal Children’s Hospital and the Research Institute of McGill University Health Centre). A new study, led

Breastfeeding and social media: catalyzed by AllerGen

AllerGen investigator Dr. Meghan Azad (University of Manitoba) met AllerGen Highly Qualified Personnel Alessandro Marcon (University of Alberta) at AllerGen’s 2016 Research Conference in Vancouver, BC. Their encounter catalyzed a unique research project that explored the question of whether or

CHILD research finds Lung Clearance Index effective at detecting infant lung problems

Findings from AllerGen’s CHILD Study show that the Lung Clearance Index (LCI), a measure of ventilation distribution, can detect lung problems in children as young as four months old. “Asthma is the most common chronic disease of childhood, and detecting

Infants who sleep less may have lower cognitive and language skills by age two

Does your child sleep less than 12 hours over a 24-hour period? Does he or she breathe through the mouth, snore or have pauses in breathing while asleep? New CHILD Study research has examined the impact of an infant’s sleep

Chris Carlsten advocates for the study of complex, real-world exposures in CHEST

Imagine if your allergy or asthma management plan took into account not only the nature of your allergic condition, but also the level of traffic pollution in your neighbourhood, the proximity of your house to an allergen-intensive green space, and

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