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How Does Epinephrine Turn Off an Allergic Reaction?

Q. How does epinephrine turn off an anaphylactic reaction? This seems rather amazing, since anaphylaxis affects so many body systems. Dr. Sharma:  The ability of epinephrine to treat the many signs of anaphylaxis is rather amazing. It acts on a number of receptors in the body to exert its effects. First, it causes constriction, or […]

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Tragic Spring: 3 Food Allergy-Related Deaths

We’re saddened to report that three young people have died from anaphylactic reactions in the past two months.

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Canadian Parliament to Debate Anaphylaxis Motion

The Canadian parliament is scheduled to vote on a motion that could pave the way for increased awareness, meaningful policies and laws surrounding food allergy and anaphylaxis. “With Motion M-230, we want to look at how we can help coordinate a thoughtful government response to anaphylaxis, to raise public understanding of life threatening allergies, and […]

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Living Well with Food Allergy: Putting Risks and Fears into Perspective

The New York Times Magazine published an article last month called “The Allergy Buster” that has generated much discussion about food allergy and excitement for potential treatments under study.

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Allergic Girl’s Death: “Everything Went Wrong”

Sylvain Lefort can’t get the scene out of his mind. It is the evening of September 16, 2010. One moment, he is with other parents, sitting at a desk in a Montreal classroom as his daughter’s Grade 1 teacher reviews how the first few weeks of school have gone. The next, he is racing down […]

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Profile: Sports Team Owner Ted Leonsis

Name: Ted Leonsis Job: NBA and NHL team owner, film maker, philanthropist; former Internet executive Allergic to: Peanuts, tree nuts, dust, mold, pollen, pets and more From hanging out with movie stars to schmoozing with international royalty, Ted Leonsis enjoys a pretty glamorous lifestyle. Still, days spent on planes, film sets, galas and sports arenas […]

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Signs and Symptoms of Allergy

Symptoms of Allergy People with allergies, whether it’s to food, stinging insects, or medications, can be at risk of severe symptoms. Not all people will have all symptoms, and they will vary based on what you’re allergic to. Additionally, each exposure could bring on different symptoms. The Range of Symptoms -Tingling in the mouth -Swelling […]

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Sabrina’s Nutty Tale

In May 2001, CBC Radio aired a first-person radio documentary about living with food allergies. It was called “A Nutty Tale,” and featured Sabrina Shannon, a vivacious girl who captured listeners’ hearts. Two years later, Sabrina tragically died from an anaphylactic reaction at her high school. But her legacy – and her voice – live […]

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Testing For Food Allergies

One of the biggest challenges for people with food allergies is to figure out exactly what’s causing the problem. North American diets are complex, and on any given day, we might ingest dozens, if not hundreds, of different ingredients. So what’s making your heart race and your skin break out in hives, or giving you […]

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What is a Food Allergy?

A food allergy occurs when a person’s immune system identifies proteins in a food as allergenic and begins to produce antibodies – called Immunoglobulin E or IgE – to guard against that food (e.g. shellfish or peanuts). These antibodies attach themselves to mast cells in the body, and when the person again eats the allergenic […]

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