Category: Publications/Research updates

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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Molecular “fingerprinting” finds altered levels of sensor proteins in asthmatics

AllerGen researchers at McMaster University have found that people with mild allergic asthma have altered levels of “sensor” proteins that defend against infection and disease. Toll-like like receptors (TLRs) are proteins that play a key role in detecting and responding

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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

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Diabetes in pregnancy associated with impaired lung function and childhood asthma

Diabetes in pregnancy may lead to impaired lung development and poor respiratory health among infants, according to a new review paper by researchers at the Developmental Origins of Chronic Diseases in Children Network (DEVOTION) in Manitoba. The article, “Diabetes in

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National study examines relationship between immigration status and the prevalence of non-food allergies

A study published in the Canadian Journal of Public Health has found that immigrants to Canada have fewer non-food allergies than the non-immigrant population, but that the difference diminishes with longer duration of residence in Canada. The study, which is

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Canadian alternative medicine clinics: over half make unproven allergy/asthma claims

The majority of Canadian chiropractic, naturopathic, homeopathic and acupuncture clinics claim that they can diagnose or treat allergy/sensitivity and asthma, according to an AllerGen study of nearly 400 clinic websites. The research, published December 17, 2016, in BMJ Open, analyzed

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