Category: Media coverage

Does thumb sucking ward off allergies?

Children who suck their thumbs or bite their nails may have a lower risk of developing allergies, according to new findings published in the journal Pediatrics. “While we don’t recommend that these habits be encouraged, there does appear to be

Nicole Letourneau a “change agent” for health

Dr. Nicole Letourneau, a researcher within AllerGen’s Gene-Environment Interactions, and Patients, Policy and Public Health Enabling Platforms, has been named “one of four Alberta change agents for health ” by Alberta Health Services (AHS) and is featured on the cover

CIHR highlights gut bacteria research in new online feature

Research published by AllerGen investigators Drs Brett Finlay and Stuart Turvey in September 2015, demonstrated that four specific gut bacteria, present during the first 100 days of life, protect against the development of asthma. The work, which was funded by

Microbiome seeding begins in the womb

When is a baby’s microbiome first established? Is it at birth when an infant is exposed to its mother’s microbes and the environment? Or is it even earlier? A review paper by AllerGen researchers summarizes the growing evidence that human

Maclean’s magazine places CHILD Study centre stage

Maclean’s magazine featured the Canadian Healthy Infant Longitudinal Development (CHILD) Study and recent scientific discoveries generated from CHILD Study data in its November 16, 2015, issue. The feature article “Gut feelings: A baby’s gut bacteria shape her health, and may

“The Allergy Fix” on CBC

“The Allergy Fix,” produced by CBC’s The Nature of Things with David Suzuki, will be re-broadcast on Thursday, 8 October 2015 at 8:00 PM on CBC-TV. The episode, which features AllerGen researchers Dr. Susan Waserman and Dr. Stuart Turvey, travels

Globe and Mail gives nod to CHILD Study

AllerGen’s CHILD Study enables the microbiome research featured in “Say Hello to Your Little Friends” (Globe & Mail, June 8, 2015). The article profiles Dr. Brett Finlay, a microbiologist at The University of British Columbia, who uses CHILD Study data

Genetics specialist explains the CHILD Study

Dr. Catherine Laprise, a co-investigator with the Canadian Healthy Infant Longitudinal Development (CHILD) Study, spoke, in a French-language interview, with RadioCanada on May 23, 2015, to discuss how 3,500 Canadian families are helping scientists uncover the origins of asthma and

Today’s Parent predicts “new hope for kids with serious food allergies”

Today’s Parent magazine (May 2015) provides a food allergy research “checkup” in its article “The Good News on Food Allergies.” In the article, researchers from AllerGen’s Canadian Healthy Infant Longitudinal Development (CHILD) Study and the Canadian Food Allergy Strategic Team

CHILD Study shows infant exposure to air pollution increases risk for allergies

A new study emerging from AllerGen’s Canadian Healthy Infant Longitudinal Development (CHILD) Study has revealed an association between sensitivity to allergens and exposure to traffic-related air pollution during infancy. The study, “Perinatal Exposure to Traffic-Related Air Pollution and Atopy at

Dr. Bruce Mazer explains the LEAP study

Dr. Bruce Mazer explains how the Learning Early about Peanut Allergy (LEAP) trial is changing our approach to peanut allergy. The study found that infants (between 4−11 months) who consumed at least 6 grams of peanut per week were significantly

When is the best time to introduce peanuts?

A new UK study involving more than 600 babies shows that consumption of peanuts in the first year of life can prevent the development of peanut allergy in high-risk infants. The study, Randomized Trial of Peanut Consumption in Infants at

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