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Frequently Asked Questions about the New Infant Feeding Guidelines
The CSACI and Food Allergy Canada have put together a list for FAQ's in response to the New Peanut Introduction Guidelines. Thanks to everyone who participated, especially Drs. Kyla Hildebrand and Elissa Abrams. Download PDF
Addendum Guidelines for the Prevention of Peanut Allergy
"The “take home” messages include that peanut should be introduced early in the first year of life, and for the majority of infants, peanut can be introduced at home. The only group of infants for which medical assessment is recommended is those with severe eczema, egg allergy or both."Read On...
Top 5 Reasons to Choose Allergy & Immunology as Your Specialty
Canada is in the midst of the “Allergy Epidemic”. Up to 40% of the Canadian population will be affected by at least one allergic condition in some point of their lives, and the prevalence of certain atopic conditions,Read More
Passionate About The Nose and Sinuses in the Practice of Allergy and Clinical Immunology?
We already have regular core of section members and are actively looking for new members who are interested.Read More
CSACI Annual Scientific Meeting
Date: Oct 11th-15th, 2017

Location: Toronto, Ontario

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Allergists Respond to Death of 3 year-old Boy During Oral Food Challenge


Members of the allergy community’s hearts go out to 3 year-old Alastair Watson’s family and friends. Alastair died during a routine oral food challenge this week. His death is a tragedy, and we cannot even imagine the horror of this loss.

Oral food challenges have been conducted for decades to test whether someone is allergic to a certain food. This is the first reported fatality associated with an oral food allergy challenge. While even one death is too many, oral food challenges are considered the ‘gold standard’ test to determine if someone is allergic to a food. Allergists use this test when a person’s medical history and/or allergy test results are inconclusive. They are also given to determine if someone with previously diagnosed food allergy has developed tolerance, and may no longer be allergic.

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Les allergologues réagissent au décès d’un garçon de 3 ans durant un test de provocation orale

Les membres de la communauté de l’allergie sont de tout cœur avec la famille et les amis d’Alastair Watson, âgé de 3 ans, décédé cette semaine durant un test de provocation orale de routine. Sa mort est tragique et nous ne pouvons même pas imaginer l’horreur de cette perte.

Les tests de provocation orale sont utilisés depuis des décennies pour vérifier si une personne est allergique à un aliment donné. Il s’agit du premier décès signalé à être associé à un test de provocation orale. Bien qu’un seul décès soit déjà trop, les tests de provocation orale sont considérés comme « l’épreuve de choix » pour déterminer si une personne est allergique à un aliment. Les allergologues utilisent ce test lorsque les antécédents médicaux et/ou les résultats des tests d’allergie d’une personne ne sont pas concluants. Ils sont aussi effectués pour déterminer si une personne préalablement diagnostiquée avec une allergie alimentaire a développé une tolérance et n’est peut-être plus allergique.

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