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Oct 04, 2017

Researchers award something to sneeze at

Anne Ellis

When a crowd gathers in one particular room at Kingston General Hospital, it’s not long before sneezing and sniffling can be heard. The room on Connell 3, which many years ago was the location of the hospital’s cafeteria, is now home to 120 blue plastic chairs lined neatly in rows. At the front of the…

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Apr 26, 2017

New research examines environmental factors that cause allergies

Anne Ellis

Tuesday, April 11, 2017 KINGSTON - Researchers at Queen’s University and Kingston General Hospital have published the first the set of findings stemming from the Kingston Allergy Birth Cohort – a study tracking the developmental origins of allergies in nearly 400 mother-child pairs from pre-birth into early childhood. The study confirmed a number of previously-known factors…

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Feb 21, 2017

New approach may offer better alternative for treating grass allergies

Anne Ellis

Feb. 21, 2017   A new approach to treating grass allergies offers potential as a shorter and more effective alternative to traditional allergen immunotherapy (a.k.a. “allergy shots”), a study led by KGHRI clinician scientist Dr. Anne Ellis has shown.   It was the first-ever completed Phase II study using synthetic peptides to treat a grass…

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Aug 21, 2015

Asthma Management: The one size fits all approach

Anne Ellis

Asthma management continues to be a significant challenge for both patients and healthcare providers. The number of patients suffering from asthma continues to increase and asthma sufferers are at risk for increased morbidity and mortality. The Asthma Society of Canada states that goal of asthma management is to “…reduce airway inflammation through environmental control measures…

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Aug 21, 2015

Allergies or Asthma… or Both?

Anne Ellis

Environmental allergies and asthma—both are chronic diseases affecting the respiratory tract that tend to cause sneezing, wheezing, and coughing. Though the presence of one often worsens the symptoms of the other, they can remain distinct conditions, and their disease mechanisms are different. Allergies appear in many forms, and reactions can occur throughout the body; inhaled…

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Aug 21, 2015

Allergic to Your Pet? What to Do If You Don’t Want to Give Fluffy or Fido Away

Anne Ellis

It has been reported that over one-half of all households in Canada include a cat or a dog. Compare that with a 15-30 % prevalence of pet allergies in allergic individuals. It stands to reason, therefore, that there are likely some people living in the same house as a pet they are allergic to. Though…

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Aug 19, 2015

Do Allergies Develop in the Womb?

Anne Ellis

The Allergy Epidemic Allergic diseases have increased dramatically over the past 25 years, but the nature of the epidemic has changed. While the prevalence of environmental allergies—the ones that make us sneeze and wheeze–may have leveled off in recent years, skyrocketing rates of food allergies in children have been dubbed the “second wave” (1). Although…

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Aug 17, 2015

Nonallergic Rhinitis With Eosinophilia Syndrome

Anne Ellis

Abstract Nonallergic rhinitis with eosinophilia syndrome (NARES) is a clinical syndrome comprising symptoms consistent with allergic rhinitis in which an absence of atopy has been demonstrated by allergen skin testing, and nasal cytology analysis demonstrates more than 20% eosinophils. Anosmia is a prominent feature not shared with allergic rhinitis. The pathophysiology of NARES is poorly…

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Adherence in Asthma & Allergy: The One Fits All Approach

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