Category: Publications/Research updates

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 …

Allergic reactions frequent in children undergoing milk oral immunotherapy Read More »

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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 …

Breastmilk microbiome linked to method of feeding Read More »

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 …

Suboptimal, inconsistent treatment for anaphylaxis when the cause is unknown Read More »

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 …

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

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 …

Few outgrow seafood allergies Read More »

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 …

National food policy plan overlooks food allergy—commentary Read More »

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 …

Breastfeeding may protect against obesity in early life Read More »

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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 …

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

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 …

Household cleaners may cause obesity in young children Read More »

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 …

AllerGen researchers launch food allergy app for youth Read More »

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“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 …

Epinephrine underused during anaphylaxis outside of hospital Read More »

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 …

Breastfeeding and social media: catalyzed by AllerGen Read More »