September 10, 2020
A two-year project at the University of Alberta measuring COVID-19 antibody prevalence among Albertan children is underway thanks to funding from the Government of Alberta.
August 18, 2020
New research from the CHILD Cohort Study has shed light on the influence of vitamin D supplementation on a baby’s developing gut microbiome.
July 10, 2020
A new study has found that bacteria are shared and possibly transferred from a mother’s milk to her infant’s gut, and that breastfeeding directly at the breast best supports this process.
Living close to natural green space benefits gut bacteria of urban, formula-fed infants, study shows
July 9, 2020
First study of its kind shows formula-fed babies’ gut microbiome more like those of breastfed babies when they live near natural environments.
June 17, 2020
A $1.7 million award from the CIHR and Research Manitoba will allow CHILD researchers to study how individuals and families across Canada have been impacted by COVID-19.
June 17, 2020
A new study shows asthma rates are falling thanks to efforts by physicians to avoid prescribing antibiotics to young children, except when necessary.
February 27, 2020
New research from the CHILD Cohort Study sheds light on the link between a woman’s psychological wellbeing during pregnancy and the immune health of her newborn.
February 18, 2020
New research from the CHILD Cohort Study shows that frequent exposure to common household cleaning products can increase a child’s risk of developing asthma.
January 31, 2020
A $2 million award from the Canadian Microbiome Initiative 2 (CMI2) program will allow CHILD researchers to examine the trillions of microorganisms living inside the human body and uncover the role they play in causing asthma.
December 20, 2019
A mother’s exposure to traffic-related air pollution during the first three months of pregnancy is associated with an increase in her child’s risk of having allergic sensitization by age one, according to CHILD Cohort Study research.
November 28, 2019
Children who do not consume peanut during their first year of life are more likely to be allergic to peanut at age three, according to new findings from the CHILD Cohort Study.
October 7, 2019
New findings from the CHILD Cohort Study find that the amount and mixture of breast milk fats are unique to each mother.
April 17, 2019
Research from the CHILD Cohort Study suggests that among preschoolers, spending more than two hours of screen time per day may be linked to clinically significant behavioural and attention problems.
Infant sleep duration associated with mother’s level of education, prenatal depression and method of delivery
February 22, 2019
Analyzing data from Canadian parents, a new study has found that babies sleep less at three months of age if their mothers do not have a university degree, experienced depression during pregnancy or had an emergency cesarean-section delivery.
February 13, 2019
The idea that breastmilk has a microbiome is relatively new and has sparked debate about where breastmilk bacteria originate. New research from the CHILD Cohort Study has shed some light on the importance of the infant’s mouth as a source of this bacteria.
September 24, 2018
New CHILD research has found that infants who are breastfed have a reduced risk of being overweight in the first year of life—and that the protective association is stronger with longer and more exclusive breastfeeding.
September 17, 2018
Breakthrough research shows that the frequent use of household disinfectants likely increases the risk of obesity in young children.
August 7, 2018
Mothers who are Black or of First Nations ethnicity are at greater risk of experiencing stress and symptoms of depression during pregnancy and their children’s first five years.
August 2, 2018
Findings from CHILD Study research show that the Lung Clearance Index (LCI) can be used to detect lung problems in children as young as four months of age.
July 9, 2018
CHILD researchers found that infants who regularly sleep less than 12 hours over a 24-hour period have poorer cognitive and language development at two years of age than infants who get more sleep.
July 3, 2018
New CHILD findings show that a specific profile of complex sugars in human milk is associated with a lower rate of food sensitization in babies at one year of age.
June 4, 2018
New findings from the CHILD Study indicate that exclusive breastfeeding in early infancy protects babies from becoming overweight by age one.
March 7, 2018
New findings from the CHILD Study show that exclusive breastfeeding during the first few days of life is positively associated with longer-term breastfeeding, while in-hospital formula use is associated with breastfeeding for a significantly shorter duration.
February 22, 2018
New CHILD Study research has found that overweight and obese women are more likely to have children who are overweight or obese by three years of age—and that bacteria in the gut may be partially to blame.
January 23, 2018
Genome Canada, with other partners, awards over $9 million to CHILD researchers seeking clues to the causes of childhood asthma in babies’ intestinal microbes.
November 27, 2017
A new CHILD finding shows that the family risk for asthma may may involve the microbes found in a baby’s digestive tract.
November 15, 2017
A new finding from the CHILD Study will help doctors better predict which children will develop asthma and allergies.
10 November 2017
CHILD Study shows that infants born to mothers with pre- and postnatal depression have reduced levels of an important immune antibody in their feces in the first few months of life.
30 October 2017
Direct breastfeeding in the first three months of life appears to provide more protection against
childhood asthma than either infant formula or expressed breastmilk, according to new findings from the CHILD Study.
20 September 2017
CHILD research finds breastmilk hormone concentrations significantly associated with infant body composition during the first year of life.
11 July 2017
A recent CHILD Study publication sheds new light on an old question: What changes occur in a woman’s immune system during a healthy pregnancy?
28 June 2017
A research team at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) in Toronto, ON, has been awarded $75,000 to use CHILD Study data to develop tools that will predict and monitor lung disease in young children.
28 June 2017
A multi-institutional CHILD Study research team involving the University of Manitoba and the University of Calgary has been awarded $75,000 by CIHR to investigate how consuming artificial sweeteners during pregnancy influences infant weight gain.
8 June 2017
Delaying the introduction of potentially allergenic foods until after a baby’s first year may increase the likelihood of a food allergy later on, according to new findings from the CHILD Study.
2 May 2017
A study of over 2,700 Canadian mothers and infants has shown that babies who are breastfed longer are less likely to wheeze, putting them at lower risk for asthma later on. For babies born to mothers with asthma, the protective effect of breastfeeding is even more pronounced.
7 April 2017
Owning a cat or dog might be a good thing when it comes to reducing the risk of childhood allergies and obesity, according to new findings from the Canadian Healthy Infant Longitudinal Development (CHILD) Study.
UAlberta study shows infants do better on developmental tests when their mothers consume more fruit during pregnancy
25 May 2016
Most people have heard the old adage “an apple a day keeps the doctor away.” It’s an old truth that encompasses more than just apples—eating fruit in general is well known to reduce risk for a wide variety of health conditions such as heart disease and stroke. But now a new study is showing the benefits of fruit can begin as early as in the womb.
9 May 2016
A study of over 3,000 Canadian mothers and infants has shown that consumption of artificially sweetened beverages during pregnancy may place infants at an increased risk of obesity.
2 May 2016
Three research teams using data from the Canadian Healthy Infant Longitudinal Development (CHILD) Study are receiving $2 million each, for a total of nearly $6 million over five years, to investigate how early life environmental factors can impact long-term health and the development of chronic diseases.
13 October 2015
Infants of Canadian women who received antibiotics during labour or delivery were more likely to have an altered gut microbiome, according to new research from the Canadian Healthy Infant Longitudinal Development (CHILD) Study.
30 September 2015
Four types of gut bacteria play a critical role in the first 100 days of life in protecting children against asthma, according to new research from The University of British Columbia (UBC) and BC Children’s Hospital that involved the participation of more than 300 families from the Canadian Healthy Infant Longitudinal Development (CHILD) Study.
12 May 2015
Dr. Malcolm Sears, a professor in the Division of Respirology at McMaster University and Director of the Canadian Healthy Infant Longitudinal Development (CHILD) Study, has been awarded the Asthma Society of Canada’s “Clearing the Air” award recognizing outstanding leadership in asthma research.
5 May 2015
An SFU health scientist has co-authored a study that is the first report on research tracking the health impact of environmental exposures for thousands of Canadian babies.
4 May 2015
New research from the Canadian Healthy Infant Longitudinal Development (CHILD) study shows that exposure to outdoor air pollution during the first year of life increases the risk of developing allergies to food, mould, pets and pests.
4 March 2015
A new study from Canadian researchers at the University of Alberta and University of Manitoba is shedding new light on changes in intestinal bacteria of infants that can predict future development of food allergies or asthma.
AllerGen researchers find infant gut bacteria is influenced by delivery and feeding methods and may have long-term health effects
11 February 2013
In an article published February 11, 2013 by the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ), AllerGen trainee and postdoctoral fellow Dr. Meghan Azad, and AllerGen researcher Dr. Anita Kozyrskyj, University of Alberta, found that infant gut microbiota was influenced by method of delivery (vaginal vs. cesarean) and feeding method (breastfeeding vs. formula).