Allergy/Asthma Information Association

Media Information

Journalists are most welcome to use the information on this site in feature articles and news stories, with acknowledgement to the Allergy/Asthma Information Association.

Contacts

To arrange an interview please contact:

National Administrator
Allergy/Asthma Information Association
E-mail:
Phone: 416-621-4571
Toll free: 1-800-611-7011
Fax: 416-621-5034

Or contact our Regional Coordinators directly.

Statistics

Here are some useful numbers concerning allergy in Canada [read more...]

Announcements

Next link will open in a new windowInformation Update - The Government of Canada Reminds Parents of School Lunch Allergen Safety

An Information Update that was issued by Health Canada on August 25, 2009 may be of interest to your membership. It concerns updated advice on the importance of allergy awareness when packing lunches for their children. The Information Update is available on the Health Canada Web site at Next link will open in a new windowwww.hc-sc.gc.ca/ahc-asc/media/advisories-avis/_2009/2009_140-eng.php

Negligence cited in peanut fatality in Melbourne Australia

The role of Scotch College in the death of a teenage boy who had a fatal allergic reaction to peanuts while on a school-run Army cadet camp should be investigated by the Victorian Coroner, a judge has said as he fined the Army $210,000 for negligence. [read more...]

Scope of practice for BC Naturopaths

We encourage you to write to the Minister of Health Services and your MLA in support of the importance of obtaining diagnosis and treatment of allergy from medical specialists who are members of the BC Society of Allergy and Immunology. [read more...]

Canadian actress speaks out about living with severe allergies

Canadian actress and Gemini award-nominee Lauren Collins has tackled some tough topics playing her Degrassi: The Next Generation character Paige Michalchuk, but her most challenging real-life role is that of a young Canadian living with a severe, life-threatening allergy. [read more...]

Next link will open in a new windowMilk Allergy Risk Identified in Several Brands of "Non-Dairy" Acidophilus-Containing Health Products

Health Canada is warning Canadians with milk allergies not to use several brands of unauthorized acidophilus-containing health products labelled as "non-dairy" because they contain trace amounts of milk protein from dairy ingredients used in the production process. For more information go to Next link will open in a new windowwww.hc-sc.gc.ca/ahc-asc/media/advisories-avis/_2008/2008_127-eng.php

Next link will open in a new windowHealth Canada Advisory on Twinject

Reported malfunctions with Twinject auto-injector pose potential health risks.

Letter to Prime Minister Harper from Canadian allergy associationsLetter to Prime Minister Harper (PDF version will open in a new window)

concerning the Proposed Regulatory Amendments to Enhance the Labelling of Priority Allergens in Foods.

$60,000 Donated by AAIA to CAAIF for Food Allergy Research

We are very pleased that the AAIA is able to contribute such a substantial sum to food allergy research... [read more...]

Earlier announcements...

Press Releases

EpiPen® marketer King Pharmaceuticals Canada™ teams up with WestJet to equip airline’s fleet with EpiPen® auto-injectorsEpiPen-WestJet announcement (PDF version will open in a new window)

Airline and EpiPen® marketer want travelers at risk of severe allergic reactions to feel better prepared. [read more...]

Tree Pollen Season may affect 2010 Winter OlympicsTree Pollen Season may affect 2010 Winter Olympics (PDF version will open in a new window)

The Canadian Society of Allergy and Clinical Immunology is concerned that the upcoming 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver and Whistler will be taking place at the peak of the tree pollen season on the West Coast. [read more...]

Canadian Olympic Freestyle Skier Defies Gravity and a Life-threatening AllergyCanadian Olympic Freestyle Skier Defies Gravity and a Life-threatening Allergy (PDF version will open in a new window)

Steve Omischl doesn't let his serious peanut allergy ground him. [read more...]

New Manitoba Law Supports Students at Risk of AnaphylaxisBill 232 The Public Schools Amendment Act (Anaphylaxis Policy) (PDF version will open in a new window)

Bill 232 The Public Schools Amendment Act (Anaphylaxis Policy) was passed by the Manitoba Legislative Assembly on October 6, 2008. This new law requires that "Each school board must develop an anaphylaxis policy to meet the needs of pupils who have diagnosed anaphylaxis." [read more...]

New treatment available in Canada for children with seasonal allergies and for adolescents and adults suffering from year round allergiesAVAMYS - Press Release (PDF version will open in a new window)

AVAMYS™ is the first intranasal steroid available in Canada indicated for the relief of allergic rhinitis and its associated symptoms affecting both the eyes and nose in adults and adolescents. [read more...]

New recipes developed by Lucy Waverman, an award winning cookbook authorLucy Waverman Recipes - Press Release (PDF version will open in a new window)

Recognizing the difficulties many people at risk for severe, potentially fatal allergic reactions can face when preparing meals, King Pharmaceuticals Canada, distributor of EpiPen® and EpiPen® Jr. (epinephrine auto-injector), has partnered with renowned Canadian food writer Lucy Waverman to offer Canadians a selection of easy-to-prepare recipes which omit some of the more common allergens...[read more...]

About Lucy Waverman...

To read an AAAAI and ACAAI joint statement on FDA Investigation of Singulair

(issued March 28, 2008) go to Next link will open in a new windowwww.aaaai.org/

Spring allergies and asthma a balancing act for over two million CanadiansPress Release (PDF version will open in a new window)

Patient associations launch national program to help sufferers... [read more...]

Earlier releases...

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