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Links were last checked April 2008.
I've listed the Links under some general headings. Many sites deal with a variety of medical topics, including allergies or asthma or both. It's a long page!
Summary List of Categories
iCAN Child Asthma Network - Calgary Health Region
This web site provides great materials for kids of all ages, including those who can't read, and parents.
This site is hosted by King Pharma Canada Ltd., the Canadian distributor of the Epipen. Take advantage of their EpiPen® Registration service and take the worry out of tracking that expiry date!!
The official Dey Laboratories EpiPen® web site(marketer/distributor of the EpiPen) is epipen.com. Americans can sign up for an expiry date reminder program for their EpiPens. They also have good information at www.anaphylaxis.com.
This site was created by a South African doctor with the goal of pulling together all of the Internet sites relating to allergy, offering opinion and a grading.
Canadian Society of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (CSACI)
This is an informative bilingual site. For lay people, the most interesting parts are in the Patient/public Information section, which lists lots of articles on a variety of topics, and the connection to various medical journals. There are also links to other professional medical sites. Their work also includes raising money for research and education through the CAAIF described below.
The Canadian Allergy, Asthma and Immunology Foundation (CAAIF)
The Canadian Allergy, Asthma and Immunology Foundation (CAAIF), related to the CSACI organization, is a registered charity dedicated to:
1) funding research into the causes, prevention and treatment of allergic diseases
2) educating health care professionals, patients and the public about the advances in research and treatment in this important health care field.
By donating to CAAIF, you help all Canadians receive the best available treatment provided by specially trained medical professionals.
Association of Allergists & Immunologists of Quebec
(http://www.allerg.qc.ca/indexeng.htm ) English
Association des Allergologues et Immunologues du Québec
This site has a lot of articles in English and French for patients/public which will be of primary interest to many visitors. Home of the "latest research on peanut allergy" article, which is continually evolving as new information comes in. A bit of a hodge podge. Regularly updated. Well worth a cruise.
Allergy, Asthma and Immunology Society of Ontario
The Allergy, Asthma and Immunology Society Of Ontario (fornmerly Ontario Allergy Society) is an organization of practicing physicians who strive to provide high quality medical services to the public and public service education.
The site features an allergy hotline, FAQ page, list of Toronto smoke-free restaurants, public and practitioner information pages among other things.
Canadian Weather / Pollen Count -- Weather Network web site
Find out the latest weather and pollen count across Canada and beyond. Find the weather page for your city, and then on the left side menu - Health & Environment heading, click on Pollen Report.
Asthma and Allergy Information and Research (AAIR)
This is the name for the Leicester Branch of the Midlands Asthma and Allergy Research Association (MAARA), a Registered Charity.
A well-organized site with lots of information on asthma and allergies. Well worth a look. It appears to have been a while since the site was updated. I'm sure the basics are still valid.
National Jewish Medical and Research Center
The National Jewish Medical and Research Center is a non-profit, non-sectarian medical research center based in Denver, Colorado, providing patient care, research and medical education for chronic lung, allergic and immunologic diseases such as asthma, emphysema, chronic bronchitis, tuberculosis, occupational and environmental lung disease, lupus and juvenile rheumatoid arthritis.
Asthma - (http://allergies.about.com/od/lungallergies/Lung_Allergies.htm)
Lots of good info about allergies and asthma!
John Hopkins "Intellihealth" Health Information site
John Hopkins is a world-renowned medical institution for research in many fields. This site includes allergy and asthma as one of many topics to cruise. Includes articles, search engine, latest news, links to other organizations. If you surf with your cookie alert "on", you will go crazy on this site with all the alerts which will pop up.
The Mayo Clinic is world famous. This site has headline articles, quizzes, a growing library of articles, links to other sites. The articles are short and written in a newsletter style and format.
American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology
Provides allergy and asthma articles and links to other sites.
Calgary Asthma Program
This clinic and research program operates out of the Foothills Hospital in Calgary Alberta and serves clients 16 years or older. The site gives information about the program and its staff, a questionnaire you can complete to see if you might have asthma.
Canadian Asthma Consensus Guidelines
NOTE: I need to find a new link for this....This Web Site is designed to disseminate and implement the new Canadian Asthma Consensus Guidelines. These evidence-based, clinical practice guidelines are the cumulative effort of a voluntary affiliation of organizations committed to research, peer-review and evaluation.
Also: Take the 30 second asthma test!
Asthma Society of Canada
A volunteer based organization. Their goal is to enhance the quality of life of people living with asthma and to eliminate the disorder. Provides basic information, suggestions for management of asthma in school, a discussion forum and other related links.
Canadian Network for Asthma Care (CNAC) / Réseau canadien pour le traitement de l'asthme (RCTA)
The Canadian Network For Asthma Care, through its member organizations, is dedicated to the promotion of asthma care and education in Canada with the ultimate goal of reducing illness and death caused by this common disease.
The CNAC has developed an Asthma Educators Certification program.
Canadian Lung Association
Asthma section - (http://www.lung.ca/diseases-maladies/asthma-asthme_e.php)
This is an informative site with good general information.
Asthma Management Handbook 2002 - Australia
Provides basic facts and definitions, an asthma management plan, goals of management, practical information including medication and delivery devices. Reviews concerns with diet and exercise, infants and pregnancy. The handbook is published by the National Asthma Campaign, Australia and intended for doctors and other health professionals.
American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI)
A resource for general information on asthma and related diseases for both patient and health care worker. Includes basic data and tips on asthma, food allergies and rhinitis. Articles, plant/pollen counts, frequently asked questions and links are included. You can also ask your own questions via e-mail.
Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA)
Food Recalls/Allergy Alerts
Sign up for e-mails of new recalls and allergy allerts.
Acts and Regulations
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has many roles, including inspection of food companies and sources, enforcement of acts and regulations, issuance of food recalls and allergy alerts that will be of interest to Canadians.
Contact page for CFIA: English Français
Health Canada - Food & Nutrition - link to Allergen Labelling
On the left side menu, look for Food Labelling. The Food and Drug Regulations require that most prepackaged foods carry a label and that their ingredients appear in a list on their labels in decreasing order of proportion. Nevertheless, some ingredients and substances used in the manufacture of food products are exempted from declaration in the list of ingredients. This introduction page has links to a lot of information including amendments to labelling regulations, food recalls, etc.
Public Health Agency of Canada
The Canadian Health Network (CHN) web site seems to have disappeared into the main health unit. I haven't had time to see what changes have been made to getting allergy and asthma information. Of course it's in French as well.
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Here is the Canadian government Web site for everything dealing with agriculture and food.
Food Safety Network
The University of Guelph, a well respected university renowned for its agricultural programs, is part of the Food Safety Network, which appears to have members in other countries as well. Lots of links to articles about many issues regarding food safety, including biotechnology. Well worth a look to keep up on the latest.
Province of Prince Edward Island Govt Publications
A. Information Handbook on Anaphylactic Shock, 2nd Edition, 1997 The Province of Prince Edward Island Department of Education has instituted a province-wide policy on handling anaphylaxis in their schools. The Handbook is about 29 pages long.
B. Minister's Directive on their Anaphylaxis Policy (97-06)
The Minister's Directive gives you an overview of what they're trying to do.
NuConnexions - Food Labelling page
This page is part of Steve Kinsley's business site. He is a dietitian who is personally familiar with peanut allergy. The page features the labelling policies of major Canadian food companies emphasizing nuts and peanuts. It will be a great help to have this information but difficult to keep current. Always check for yourself if you're not sure about anything. A great resource and kudos to Steve for working on this!
Air Quality / Housing / Perfume
Canada Mortgage and Housing (CMHC)
Lots of good information regarding air quality (e.g., mould, duct cleaning), building homes, housing markets and so on. CMHC is the Canadian Government's national housing agency.
Duct Cleaning - Fact and Fiction
CMHC home English (http://www.cmhc-schl.gc.ca/en/)
CMHC home French (http://www.cmhc-schl.gc.ca/fr/)
The Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) has lots of great articles. Just enter "air quality" in their Search box and you'll get a big list.
Asthma and Ozone/ Air Cleaners - off site articles
"Ozone is a potent lung irritant and exposure to elevated levels is a contributor to the exacerbation of lung disease; it is especially dangerous for persons with asthma and other chronic lung diseases, children, and the elderly. Residential indoor ozone is produced directly by ozone generators and indirectly by ion generators and some other electronic air cleaners. "
Some good articles from the Lung Association and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
http://www.lungusa.org/pub/ (article from USA Today on its web site)
EPA site - Ozone, ozone generators and air cleaners review
Environmental Protection Agency (Air topics page)
The EPA is a U.S. government agency. There is tons of information.
Perfume in the Workplace web sites
Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety
Scent-free policy for the workplace.
Français - Politique pour un milieu de travail sans parfums
REALLY GOOD article. How to set up workplace policies - all kinds of good stuff.
Canada Safety Council
Information on how perfumes were made in the past compared to today, which is interesting with a few links.
Dietitian / Nutrition
Food Allergy News
Created by a registered dietitian here in Canada. Offers a variety of articles and professional services.
Eatright: The American Dietetic Association
(http://www.eatright.org/) This is a big site and well worth cruising.
International Food Information Council Foundation
The purpose of the International Food Information Council (IFIC) Foundation is to provide sound, scientific information on food safety and nutrition to journalists, health professionals, educators, government officials and consumers. IFIC is a nonprofit organization based in Washington, D.C.
Restaurant Web sites
McDonald's USA Allergen Ingredient page
McDonald's Canada Allergen Ingredient page
One of the chat groups mentioned that the Canadian McFlurry is made with non-peanut additions whereas pretty well all the American additions contain peanut. Check it out with your local store. It could sub for a DQ Blizzard quite nicely if none of the flavours are peanut/nut.
Wendy's USA Ingredient List page
Latex Allergy Links
A personal web site by Nancy Mitchell. An incredible list of latex web links!
American Latex Allergy Association
The Association is a non-profit, tax exempt U.S. organization which provides information about latex allergy and supports natural rubber latex (NIL) allergic individuals. Offers a clinically reviewed quarterly magazine, membership and possibly local meetings.
Asthma and Allergy Information and Research Home Page
The web site for the Leicester Branch of the Midlands Asthma and Allergy Research Association (MAARA), a Registered Charity.
A well-organized site with lots of information on asthma and allergies. Well worth a look. Has been a while for updates on some sections.
Other Health SitesMedicAlert® Canada
(http://www.medicalert.ca) In the U.S. (www.medicalert.org)
If you have questions about MedicAlert® get them answered at this Web site. Provides general information and a North American 1-800 number. Subsidies available.
Calgary Health Region - Health Connection site
The Region is responsible for public health services in Calgary and surrounding area. This site is patient oriented, with a search capability for trying to find the service or topic you information about, and lots of links on a large number of topics. Probably of most use to locals.
(http://www.quackwatch.com/ ) Français (http://www.allerg.qc.ca/quackwatchfrancais.html)
"Votre guide de fraude et charlatanisme dans le domaine de la santé, et décisions intelligentes"
This is a very interesting site operated by Dr. Stephen Barrett. He has researched many different health treatments and gives you his opinion. Love it
American Academy of Pediatrics
A general site with health information for babies on up to young adults. Has some articles, publications and their guide to the Internet.
National Institute of Allergy & Infectious Diseases
A very general site covering quite a variety of topics. You may be most interested in the News section, where you can get Factsheets, and the Information section where they list research articles.
Déjouer les allergies alimentaires
Ce site gourmand et chaleureux propose des solutions pratiques pour déjouer les allergies alimentaires. On y trouve des recettes, des trouvailles, de l'information, des ressources ainsi qu'une boutique. L'infolettre du site est transmise une fois à toutes les deux semaines et on peut s'y abonner gratuitement.
La webmestre du site, Marie-Josée Bettez, est avocate, entrepreneure et, surtout, mère d'un enfant allergique à de multiples aliments. Auteure de deux ouvrages sur les allergies alimentaires, elle donne des ateliers et conférences sur le sujet en plus de s'impliquer auprès de diverses organisations oeuvrant dans ce domaine.
L'association québécoise des allergies alimentaires (AQAA)
Depuis 1990, l'AQAA fournit du support et de l'information aux personnes aux prises avec des allergies alimentaires. Cet organisme communautaire favorise une politique de prévention. L'AQAA collabore avec des professionnels de la santé et offre ainsi des services de qualité à tous ceux et celles qui font appel à cette association.
This Canadian group focuses on anaphylaxis and offers membership, a newsletter and meetings in some Ontario locations. It's also politically active in lobbying for a higher level of allergy awareness through a variety of strategies. They offer some allergy products on their web site.
Ottawa (Ontario) Anaphylaxis Support Group
Halton (Ontario) Anaphylaxis Parent Group (http://www.hapg.ca/)
Canadian Celiac Association (http://www.celiac.ca/)
Calgary Chapter (http://www.calgaryceliac.com/)
For people like me with wheat and other grain allergies, the celiac cookbooks have been a godsend. They offer support services and chapters across Canada.
Offers an electronic email listing service and product travel information.
The Anaphylaxis Campaign
This organization, based in the UK, was started in 1994 after a girl died from eating peanut in the meringue of a pie. It offers a newsletter, support and information for people dealing with life-threatening allergies
Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America
For support group information in the USA. Find out where the one nearest you is located and join up!
Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network (FAAN)
Formerly called the Food Allergy Network, this is an American non-profit organization dedicated solely to bringing about a clearer understanding of the issues surrounding food allergies. Membership (adult and kids) with newsletter (kids have their own)and educational resources available, including three excellent anaphylaxis videos! (If you're in Canada, you can order some of them sometimes more cheaply from AAIA Ontario due to savings on fees, shipping, etc.).
Food Allergy Survivors Together
This is a fun site with recipes, Kids Corner, Resource list and newsletter. Based in the U.S.
This site, based in the U.S., is devoted to peanut allergy exclusively. They used to charge a fee however I don't see a reference to it now (2008). Its resources include a bulletin board, news articles, email alerts, a list of peanut free businesses and anaphylaxis related products.
Allergy New Zealand
Anaphylaxis Australia Inc (Formerly FACTS)
Anaphylaxis Australia Inc (AAI) has operated since 1993 as a non-profit organization, dedicated to supporting people dealing with food anaphylaxis. AAI's mission is to increase awareness of anaphylaxis through education, research and support. We are excited to have a web link to Australia.
Eczema Society of Canada
A Canadian registered charity founded in 1997. Their web site was created and is maintained by parents of kids with eczema who receive treatment at the Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Canada and doctors who practice at its Dermatology department. An assortment of articles and links to other web sites devoted to raising awareness about eczema, raising funds for research and providing support/information for patients and their families.
National Eczema Society (UK)
This national group is based in the U.K. and offers membership, newsletter, brochures and so on. There is also a FAQ's section and Links section on the web site.
National Eczema Association for Science and Education
This is a national (U.S.), patient-oriented organization which offers brochures, videos, a newsletter and support to people who need to know more about atopic dermatitis.
Japanese web sites - you need the kanji modifications to read them.
Japanese advocacy group (http://www1.u-netsurf.ne.jp/~oyanokai/ )
In order to see the kanji, please follow these instructions: http://langsupport.japanreference.com/explorer.shtml (You might have to install a small software from microsoft.com).
www.epipen.jp and www.anaphylaxis.jp
Professional Allergy/Asthma Organizations Outside of North America
These sites are intended for medical professionals and often have good patient information and news as well.
World Allergy Organization list of international allergy related sites for Pacific Rim, Europe, North America, Australia, etc. Some of the sites listed below are also on this page.
European Federation of Asthma & Allergy Associations
Dedicated to promote better health for people with asthma and allergy throughout Europe.
Allergy Society of South Africa - (http://www.allergysa.org)
Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy
Nutribase U.S. Food Company Toll-free Numbers
Part of a commercial site for a nutrient analysis/management database product. However, this list is free for you to use and contains quite a few toll-free number for the U.S. You could use this to get Canadian numbers by contacting their U.S. counterpart. It's hard to know who owns who these days!
Specific Food Allergy Sites
Avoiding Corn in Canada /
Comment éviter le maïs au Canada
Corn is in SO MANY products it's unbelievable. My husband and I can't eat corn so there goes most of the processed foods! It's healthier but a real pain sometimes because you can't just grab something in a hurry.
This site offers lots of general information about avoiding corn and offers Canadian information as well. Lots of read! Manufacturer and restaurant information are very difficult to keep current so always check out for yourself.
About.com - Corn Allergy
Lots of links on this site. This site also has lots of info on other topics related to health and allergies so it's well worth a visit.
Ephraim's Corn Allergy Page
This site is maintained by a fellow with corn allergy. He has quite a list of corn sources in products, as well as links to other sites of interest. Corn is really hard to avoid in processed foods!
The Connors Corn Allergy web site
Lots of information and U.S. product info. She is more sensitive than we are so the list of products to avoid is longer. Well worth a cruise!
Rogers Golden Syrup
A perfect replacement for corn syrup - made from 100% pure cane syrup with no preservatives or additives. Tastes a bit different and has the same consistency. Available mainly in western Canada but ask your grocer to order in if you want it.
Look under Products - Specialty Sugars - click on the Rogers bottle picture.