Category: Publications/Research updates

Infant sleep duration associated with mother’s level of education, prenatal depression and method of delivery

New research from AllerGen’s CHILD Cohort Study has found that babies sleep less at three months of age if their mothers do not have a university degree, experienced depression during pregnancy or had an emergency cesarean-section delivery. “Sleep affects a

Allergic reactions frequent in children undergoing milk oral immunotherapy

Oral immunotherapy (OIT) is a relatively new approach to treating food allergies that exposes allergic patients to gradually increased doses of an allergenic food to desensitize their immune systems. While OIT can be safely used to treat the majority of

Breastmilk microbiome linked to method of feeding

New research from the CHILD Cohort Study sheds some light on the importance of the infant’s mouth as a source of breastmilk bacteria. The idea that breastmilk has a microbiome—a community of bacteria living within it—is relatively new and has

Suboptimal, inconsistent treatment for anaphylaxis when the cause is unknown

A new C-CARE study is shedding light on “anaphylaxis due to an unknown trigger” (AUT), a medical condition about which surprisingly little is known. The study, published in The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology: In Practice, followed nearly 4,000

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

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