Category: Publications/Research updates

Breastmilk hormones may help prevent obesity in infants

For years, scientists have attempted to understand the complexities of human milk—what it’s made of, how it’s produced, and how its unique composition affects an infant’s growth and development. In a new study published in the International Journal of Obesity,

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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

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AllerGen researchers find potential biomarker for occupational asthma

AllerGen investigators Drs Chris Carlsten and Scott Tebbutt may have found a blood biomarker that can be used to diagnose an occupational asthma associated with the BC forestry industry. For a decade, Dr. Carlsten and his team have been diagnosing

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AllerGen investigators contribute to breakthrough Treg discovery

A recent discovery from the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC) suggests autoimmune and chronic inflammatory diseases may be linked to mutations in a critical gene. The discovery also sheds new light on the function of Regulatory

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Quality of mothers’ care in early life linked to atopic dermatitis in infants

Until recently, little was known about the association between the mother-child relationship early in life and the development of atopic dermatitis (AD), a childhood skin disease that is often the first step in the “atopic march” toward allergic rhinitis and

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What saliva says about stress

A salivary gland protein is an effective biological marker of human stress, according to new research led by Dr. Dean Befus, an AllerGen Research Leader and a professor of Pulmonary Medicine at the University of Alberta. The research, published in

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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

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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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