A pilot study has shown that an experimental vaccine for cat allergy can reduce the systemic immune response and symptoms of allergic rhinitis in individuals allergic to cats, including nasal congestion, sneezing, nasal itching and runny nose. The vaccine, called Cat-PAD …

Peripheral blood analysis shows benefit of peptide immunotherapy for cat allergy Read more »

A new study led by CHILD Cohort Study (CHILD) researchers has found that eating peanuts while breastfeeding, combined with introducing peanuts to babies in their first year, may reduce a child’s risk of peanut allergy by age five. The study, …

“Triple exposure:” Mom eating peanut, breastfeeding & introducing peanut early could help protect against peanut allergy in children Read more »

Photo: Dr. Kelly McNagny; inset: Samuel Shin.  New research by AllerGen investigators at The University of British Columbia (UBC) has shed light on the development of innate lymphoid cells (ILCs) – a recently discovered set of immune cells that are …

AllerGen research gives new insight into recently discovered immune cells Read more »

New CHILD research published in the journal Gastroenterology explores how cesarean delivery and other birth events infuence a baby’s gut microbiome at three and 12 months of age, and how this can increase the risk of allergies and obesity later in childhood. The research …

Birth factors influence infant gut microbiome, risk of obesity & allergies Read more »

There is a significant increase in the incidence of peanut and unknown nut anaphylaxis among children at Halloween and Easter, according to a new Canadian study published today in the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ). The study evaluated the average daily …

Nut anaphylaxis risk increases among kids at Halloween and Easter Read more »

In a new study published in Pediatric Allergy and Immunology, a research team from The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) has shown that pulmonary function tests are a valuable tool for monitoring children with recurrent wheezing, even in children as …

Lung Clearance Index a valuable tool to monitor preschoolers with severe wheezing Read more »

New CHILD research, published in the journal Gut Microbes, has found an association between vitamin D supplementation and specific characteristics of a baby’s microbiome at three months of age. The researchers examined fecal samples taken from 1,157 infants in the CHILD …

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Living close to natural green space can mitigate some of the changes in infant gut bacteria associated with formula feeding, according to new CHILD Cohort Study (CHILD) research published in the journal Environment International. “We know that a breastfed infant …

Living close to natural green space benefits gut bacteria of urban, formula-fed infants, study shows Read more »

CHILD Cohort Study (CHILD) research was recently featured in the prestigious Lancet Respiratory Medicine – ranked the #1 journal in the fields of critical care and respiratory medicine. The Lancet paper combined findings from population-level data, individual health data available …

Childhood asthma risk decreases with lower use of antibiotics Read more »

A new approach to harmonizing food allergy phenotypes could improve genetic research in food allergy, according to an international consortium of experts convened by AllerGen researchers. The authors published their recommendations as a Letter to the Editor in Allergy, the …

Food allergy researchers propose diagnostic ‘tiers’ to improve food allergy genetics studies Read more »

A study of over 2,200 Canadian mothers and babies in the CHILD Cohort Study shows that a mom’s consumption of artificially sweetened beverages during pregnancy may place her child at an increased risk of obesity by age three. The research, …

Consumption of artificial sweeteners during pregnancy increases offspring’s obesity risk Read more »