Category: Publications/Research updates

Mothers who are Black or of First Nations ethnicity are at greater risk of experiencing stress and symptoms of depression during pregnancy and their children’s first five years, according to new CHILD Study research. It was already known that mothers …

CHILD Study: Maternal depression higher among certain ethnic minorities Read More »

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Findings from AllerGen’s CHILD Study show that the Lung Clearance Index (LCI), a measure of ventilation distribution, can detect lung problems in children as young as four months old. “Asthma is the most common chronic disease of childhood, and detecting …

CHILD research finds Lung Clearance Index effective at detecting infant lung problems Read More »

Does your child sleep less than 12 hours over a 24-hour period? Does he or she breathe through the mouth, snore or have pauses in breathing while asleep? New CHILD Study research has examined the impact of an infant’s sleep …

Infants who sleep less may have lower cognitive and language skills by age two Read More »

Imagine if your allergy or asthma management plan took into account not only the nature of your allergic condition, but also the level of traffic pollution in your neighbourhood, the proximity of your house to an allergen-intensive green space, and …

Chris Carlsten advocates for the study of complex, real-world exposures in CHEST Read More »

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Findings from AllerGen’s CHILD Study indicate that complex sugars in breastmilk, known as human milk oligosaccharides (HMOs), may reduce the risk of babies later developing food allergies. “Our research has identified a ‘beneficial’ HMO profile that was associated with a …

Breastmilk sugars known as HMOs may help prevent food allergies Read More »

Foods that are harmless to most people may trigger anaphylaxis—a sudden, life-threatening reaction—in sensitized (or allergic) individuals. DrS Manel Jordana and Susan Waserman, AllerGen investigators and professors at McMaster University, are trying to find out what causes the body’s immune …

Review paper from Jordana-Waserman lab tackles Th2 sensitivity Read More »

AllerGen investigator Dr. Anne Ellis (Queen’s University) and her team have produced a clinically validated protocol for conducting nasal allergen challenges (NACs) in clinical trials. The optimized protocol, and its application in a unique cat allergy study, is described in …

Building a better nasal allergen challenge: new AR-CIC publication Read More »

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New findings from AllerGen’s CHILD Study indicate that exclusive breastfeeding in early infancy protects babies from becoming overweight by age one. The study involved 1,087 Canadian mothers and infants participating in the CHILD Study and found a 63% increased risk …

Infant feeding method influences baby’s gut bacteria, risk of overweight Read More »

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Recent AllerGen research has identified blood molecules that may help scientists better understand the biology of allergic asthma. AllerGen HQP Dr. Amrit Singh wants you to know more about this discovery, which emerged from research he participated in with AllerGen …

New ResearchSKETCH: New blood test predicts ‘late-phase’ asthmatic response Read More »

Recent AllerGen research leveraging CHILD Study data sheds light on the link between a mom’s psychological wellbeing and the immune health of her newborn. AllerGen HQP Liane Kang wants you to know more about this discovery, which emerged from research …

New ResearchSKETCH: Can mom’s distress increase baby’s allergy risk? Read More »

New findings from AllerGen’s CHILD Study show that exclusive breastfeeding during the first few days of life is positively associated with longer-term breastfeeding, while in-hospital formula use is associated with breastfeeding for a significantly shorter duration. Dr. Meghan Azad led …

Exclusive breastfeeding in hospital associated with longer breastfeeding duration Read More »

New CHILD Study research has found that overweight and obese women are more likely to have children who are overweight or obese by three years of age—and that bacteria in the gut may be partially to blame. “We know that …

C-sections and gut bacteria increase risk of childhood obesity Read More »