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Scents and Your Rights at Work

During renovations, S.C. Johnson and Son gave a choice to its employees, some of whom have asthma and environmental allergies: they could work from home or transfer to a desk elsewhere within the Brantford, Ontario headquarters. The idea was to prevent susceptible staff from being exposed to the dust, paint fumes and other irritants that […]

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Skiier Steve Omischl Lives with Peanut Allergy

The Olympic Games in Vancouver are freestyle skiier Steve Omischl’s big chance to snag Olympic Gold – and on the Canadian’s home turf. Omischl is a four-time world champ, but Olympic victory is the one honour that’s so far eluded him. Allergic Living has followed the aerialist, who has peanut allergy and asthma, with interest. […]

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Kyle Dine, Allergy Minstrel

From Allergic Living, Spring 2007 edition. With songs like “Smellephant the Allergic Elephant,” the kids think Kyle Dine rocks. He has been strumming a guitar since he was 10. Now at the age of 23, Kyle Dine has played many a coffee shop and open mike night in his hometown of Kingston, Ontario. But along […]

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Peanut Allergy: Making It ‘Go Away’

Nine-year-old Isabella Uknis can do something her parents were told was impossible: she can eat half a peanut every day. Since she had an anaphylactic reaction to a peanut butter cracker at the age of 2, Isabella has been avoiding peanut. But that all changed when her mother, Kathy, saw a report on “Good Morning […]

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‘Safe’ Peanut Sparks Debate

News that researchers at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University have developed a process to make an allergen-free peanut was met with a flurry of excitement in the media, followed by considerable skepticism in the allergic community. While the agricultural researcher involved, Mohamed Ahmedna, sees much potential in his findings, even he cautions there […]

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When Grass Attacks

For those with grass allergy, a lush lawn can be the bane of summer. Grass allergy is one of the most common pollen allergies, up there with the birch tree and ragweed. In the central and northern United States and Canada, grass generally pollinates in May, June and July. If the Kleenex box is your […]

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H1N1 (Swine Flu): December update

In Canada and the United States, officials are encouraging people in high-risk groups (including, among others, those with asthma, small children and pregnant women) to get the shot as soon as possible. Check local newspapers and radio to see where the shot is available in your area. Egg allergic The vaccine was developed using egg, […]

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H1N1 (Swine Flu) and Food Allergy

Background: The vaccine against the H1N1 flu (formerly known as swine flu) is now available in Canada and the U.S. Frequently Asked Questions: Q. Does the H1N1 vaccine contain egg? A. The H1N1 vaccine for Canada was developed by GlaxoSmithKline using the egg-based production method. This means the vaccine viruses are grown in eggs. This […]

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H1N1 (Swine Flu) and Asthma

Just before the arrival of the second wave of H1N1 (swine flu), The Canadian Lung Association convened an expert panel to offer advice to the public, including specific suggestions for those with asthma. The main message from the four doctors on the panel was clear: do everything you can to make sure your asthma is under […]

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Test to Predict Allergies

Scientists in Australia have developed a test they say can determine when a baby is first born if he or she will develop allergies. A protein in the immune cells of newborns appears to hold the answer as to whether a baby will either be protected, or susceptible to the development of allergies later on,” […]

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