Links to Other Websites and Addresses of Interest

Please note that a link does not imply official approval by either the Anaphylaxis Network of Canada or the Anaphylaxis Foundation of Canada, nor should the information substitute for appropriate medical consultation. You should review any articles of interest with your allergist. These links are provided in good faith; we cannot assume responsibility for their content.

We have structured this section to help you search the Internet with focus. Choose your topic area and follow the links from there. For ideas on how to use the links, here are a few examples.

If you have any trouble with these links, please contact us.

last updated 18/2/2000

News Articles
Consumer Health Sites
Medical Articles
Medical Groups
University Research Programmes
Specific Allergens/Triggers
Food Manufacturers and Groups
Schools and Child Care
Allergy Related Businesses
Other Anaphylaxis/Allergy Organizations
Foreign Travel
Internet Help
Other Websites of Potential Interest


News Articles/Releases

Yahoo provides excellent access to news items that appear in the lay and medical press. You can search under "Health: Diseases and Conditions: Food Allergies or Allergies", for lay articles and, "Medicine", for Medical links. There is also a lot of useful information on biotechnology

The Sympatico site affords you access to many Canadian and International Newspapers and Magazines. For most sources, a free search extends over the previous week only. You can extend the search at a charge. This site is best if you know of an article that has been published within the week.

Doctor's Guide to the Internet
This is an excellent American site. It was developed by the P/L/S Consulting group to provide the latest medical news and information for patients or friends/parents of patients diagnosed with allergies and allergy-related disorders. There are two editions; a professional one and a lay one. The linked site is for the patient guide, but anyone can visit the professional one. You can also request E-mail updates of new resources. Here is an example of a recent citation.

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Consumer Health Sites

These sites provide health information for the lay reader and they are associated with credible medical groups.

Allergy Asthma & Immunology Online
American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology A consistent web site with several short articles, including:

Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research
The Mayo Clinic Health Oasis is one of the most consistent sites for lay health information. It is readable, well organized and updated daily. It has won many major awards. You can also register with the site to receive free e-mail updates of medical news. Here's a sample of some of the articles you can access.

InteliHealth - Home to Johns Hopkins Health Information
This is another consistent site. The following overviews are well done, frequently updated and worth looking at.

Sympatico Health Link Reviews
This site contains some general articles on allergy, but you won't find much detail. There is a Recipe Section that includes gluten-free and milk-free items. Allergies Health Talk is a discussion group that will allow you to make contact with people who are facing similar difficulties. The Help Section will give you information about the Internet and is worth looking at.

An American consumer health site with some helpful articles prepared by the "Allergy and Asthma Network: Mothers of Asthmatics".

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Medical Articles

If you are interested in checking out the medical literature, it's available to you. Don't be intimidated. Some of the health links above are for the lay reader and they are a good place to start. As you read more about allergy and anaphylaxis, many of the words and concepts will become second nature to you. Use our glossary of terms and have a look first at our FAQ's. If you have terms you would like to see added, or questions answered, please contact us.

U.S. National Library of Medicine
You can access medical articles from the U.S. National Library of Medicine through Pub Med. Medline searches take a little bit of practice, but are worth the effort. The more specific you are, the better your search will be. For example, an entry of "allergy" yields 139,312 articles (!). The addition of "and peanut" reduces it to 237. Similarly, the yields for "peanut" (4,232) or "peanut and anaphylaxis" (45) are significantly different. This site provides a description of "Natural Language Queries" and "Boolean Logic" (AND, OR, NOT, etc.) which will help you in all of your Internet searches. To access it, click on Help.

If you find a particularly relevant article, PubMed also gives you the option to search for similar references. The search for abstracts is free. If you wish to read the articles, they can be purchased online or found through a reference library.

The British Medical Journal
The BMJ has recently published a number of significant articles on anaphylaxis. They provide clear, concise reviews as well as good references for further study. When reading them, keep in mind that drug names and manufacturing/labelling guidelines differ around the world. Also, there are different auto-injectors available in Europe (in Canada we have only the Epipen®).

Clicking on the following articles will take you to the complete text. You can also ask to receive regular e-mail updates on topics of interest. This is a free service.

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Medical Groups

Many of the medical site links contain articles that are for the lay public.

Canadian Society of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
Provides lay information, articles, and interesting links to other medical organizations…and it's bilingual.

Ontario Medical Association
This site has some interesting links and contains the full text of:

Canadian Pediatric Society
Here you will find position papers on labelling of infant formulae, fatal reactions to food in children and anaphylaxis in schools and child care settings.

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI)
Useful information on the diagnosis and treatment of anaphylaxis and an update on current research. Also contains all the Position Statements of the AAAAI, including:

American Medical Association
Access to articles published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA)

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University Research Programmes

University of Nebraska-Lincoln: Department of Food Science and Technology
Dr Steve L. Taylor is the Professor and Head of this Department. He is highly regarded and has special research interests in food allergies, detection of antigens, the antigenicity of genetically engineered foods and the effects of food processing on food allergens. This is the home of FARRP.

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Specific Allergens/Triggers
(Please see other links as well)

  • Food: General
    Hidden Allergens in Foods
    An excellent article by Steinman, H.A., reproduced from the Journal of Allergy & Clinical Immunology 1996; 98(2): 241-250 with a helpful set of references. Contains manufacturing/labelling information for egg, milk, soy, wheat, peanut and fish. Internet Symposium on Food Allergens

  • Milk:
    Non-Dairy: Something to Moo About
    An American site with information on milk avoidance, recipes, and personal interest.
    The No Milk Page
    Here you will find many resources: links, news, organizations and books.

  • Peanut/Nut:
    Peanut Allergy-What you Need to Know
    An article prepared by the Allergy, Asthma and Immunology Society of Ontario
    Peanut Allergy: Nothing to Sneeze At
    A short article with some helpful suggestions on coping strategies. (Dr. J.W. Yunginger, Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research)
    Living with a peanut allergy
    Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research

  • Sulphite:
    Sulfites: Safe for Most, Dangerous for Some
    An FDA publication.
    Sulfite Sensitivity
    A small American site with links.

  • Insect Sting:
    Clinical review: ABC of allergies: Venom allergy (BMJ)
    A recent review article from the British Medical Journal.
    Insect Stings / Tips on Avoiding Insect Stings
    Two articles by the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology
    Insect Venom Allergies
    An article from Johns Hopkins
    Clinical review: ABC of allergies: Venom allergy
    An article from the British Medical Journal
    Position Statement on the Discontinuation of Hymenoptera Venom Immunotherapy: AAAAI

  • Drug:
    Clinical review: ABC of allergies: Adverse reactions to drugs (BMJ)
    Drug Allergies: What Everyone Should Know: Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research

  • Latex:
    Canadian Latex Allergy Association
    A small web site with tips, links and a bulletin board.
    Latex Allergy Help
    An American organization that provides practical information for living with latex allergy.
    Delaware Valley Latex Allergy Support Network, Inc.
    This site contains an excellent, award-winning Latex Allergy Links section by Nancy Mitchell.
    Latex allergies rising: an article from the Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research.
    Latex Allergies : Johns Hopkins
    Guidelines for the Management of Latex Allergies and Safe Latex
    Use in Health Care Facilities : Gordon Sussman MD and Milton Gold, American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology

  • Exercise:
    Exercise-Induced Anaphylaxis
    The Physician and SportsMedicine On-Line is an award-winning site of the American peer-reviewed medical journal of the same name. This is a good review article on this topic and provides many excellent references.
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    Health Canada
    Contains several relevant sections:

    CFIA: Canadian Food Inspection Agency:
    The Government of Canada has consolidated all federally mandated food inspection and quarantine services into one federal food inspection agency. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) began operations in April 1997 and reports to Parliament through the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food.

    Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
    Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada is the branch of the federal government that is responsible for the enforcement of the Canada Agricultural Products Act, Food and Drugs Act and Consumer Packaging and Labelling Act at all levels of trade. This Website includes acts and regulations, papers on the implications of bioengineering of food.

    National Research Council of Canada

    U.S. FDA: U.S. Food and Drug Administration:
    You can find out about what is being done in the U.S. with food labelling and biotechnology. Other publications include:

    World Health Organization (WHO)

    Food and Agriculture Department of the United Nations (FAO)

    • Biotechnology and Food Safety
      Report of a Joint FAO/WHO Consultation, Rome, Italy, 30 September to 4 October 1996. The Food and Drugs Act and Regulations: Departmental Consolidation This contains a discussion of the potential allergenicity of novel foods and excellent references.

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    National Restaurant Association
    This is an American organization, and they may be worth contacting if you are planning a trip to the USA.
    E-mail: [email protected]

    Canadian Restaurant & Foodservices Association
    316 Bloor St. W.
    Toronto, Ontario Canada M5S1W5
    Tel: 416/923-1450 FAX: 416/923-1450

    Ontario Restaurant Association
    121 Richmond St. W. Suite 1201
    Toronto, Ontario Canada M6S 2P2
    Tel: 416/359-0533 FAX: 416/359-0531

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    Food Manufacturers and Groups

    1 800 toll-free Canadian numbers
    Sympatico provides a directory of 1 800 toll-free Canadian numbers for direct contact with manufacturers.

    American Peanut Council
    This site contains information on the history of peanuts and manufacturing processes.

    International Food Information Council Foundation
    A Washington based site that provides "guidelines for communicating emerging science on nutrition, food safety, and health". Searches for anaphylaxis lead to some good articles, including one by Dr. H. Sampson. There is also an American Food Allergy Resource Guide.

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    Schools and Child Care

    If you are trying to establish an anaphylaxis policy in your school, you might find the following resources helpful.

    Anaphylaxis in Schools and Child Care Settings
    The position paper of the Canadian Society of Allergy and Clinical Immunology and the AAIA, 1995.

    Anaphylaxis: A Handbook for School Boards
    A publication of Health Canada and an excellent reference if you are trying to establish a school/school board policy. A precis and ordering information are included.

    Canadian School Boards Association
    Contains contact information for Provincial School Boards as well as publications.

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    Allerex (Canadian Distributors of the Epipen®) Here you can read about the Epipen®:

    Bayer manufactures the Ana-kit™, which contains epinephrine and an antihistamine. This site contains product information and a photograph.

    Medic Alert

    Nuttin with Nuts
    Denise Lowe offers a range of allergy products. She runs her private operation from Guelph, Ontario.

    Do you find your Epipen® cases break inside a fanny pack? Carol Zweig has designed a clever Epipen® holder which is easy to open, water-proof, buoyant, light-weight, uv-stable and "indestructable".

    Vermont Nut Free Chocolates
    Mark and Gail Elvidge produce peanut and tree nut free chocolate products. They began their company after their son was diagnosed with a peanut allergy.

    Martha Giannou is an Ontario mother who has designed a clever Epipen ® holder.

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    Other Anaphylaxis/Allergy Organizations

    Calgary Allergy Network
    Connected to the AAIA and the National Advisory committee. This is an excellent site, developed and mastered by Nancy Wiebe, with good links as well as useful local information.

    Food Allergy Network
    An American organization with helpful tips, newsletters and products

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    Foreign Travel

    European Federation of Asthma and Allergy
    The EFA is a group of 27 organizations representing 14 European countries. They can receive e-mail through the site and may be worth contacting if you are thinking about travelling in Europe.

    UK Anaphylaxis Campaign: Britain
    This organization is worth contacting if you are planning to travel in the UK, particularly with regard to safe foods and packaging regulations.

    UK Anaphylaxis Campaign: Ireland
    PO Box 4373, Dublin 18.

    Asthma and Allergy Information and Research (AAIR)
    "Asthma and Allergy is the name for the Leicester Branch of the Midlands Asthma and Allergy Information and Research Association (MAARA)… Its medical advisor is Dr. Martin Stern, Consultant Clinical Immunologist at Leicester General Hospital and Leicester Royal Infirmary. The objectives of AAIR …are to further education and research in asthma and allergic diseases, and it provides support for patients in certain areas." Dr. Stern answers e-mail queries on line. This is a well-designed Website with lots of useful information and good links. It would be useful for travellers.

    Allergy Society of South Africa
    An interesting site with useful information and good links to international groups.

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    Internet Help

    Internet Help
    Sympatico provide an excellent help section and glossary of terms. Their 15-minute tutorial will have you dancing across the World Wide Web if not spinning your own.

    Glossary of Internet Terms
    Provided by Health Canada.

    Evaluating the Quality of Internet Information
    An article from a recent Anaphylaxis Network of Canada newsletter.

    Internet Searches
    Tips for improving your search strategies.

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    Other Websites of Potential Interest

    A fascinating site developed by Dr. Stephen Barrett M.D. In it he voices his opinion about a number of treatments. An interesting visit…but keep an open mind.

    Food Future
    The Assistant Director of the London Science Museum runs this British site. His mission is to inform consumers about modern biotechnology. There is a small glossary of terms, arguments pro and con, a description of how plants are genetically modified and interesting links.

    Sully's Living Without
    An American glossy magazine with useful articles and references for daily living. This site provides examples of articles from past issues.

    Online Resources for People with Food Allergies and Intolerances
    This site contains a cookbook for allergy sufferers.

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    With so much information now available through the Internet, it is important to remain critical and to keep an open mind. This is particularly so for anaphylaxis, where our reasoning can be coloured by the emotional surcharge of our hopes and fears. We include this article, which appeared in a recent Newsletter of the Anaphylaxis Network, for anyone who would like to explore this issue.

    Evaluating the Quality of Internet Information
    "It's a small world (wide web) after all…"

    by Jane Salter

    The Internet is growing at a formidable rate. The information that it contains, however, is of variable quality. While some sites are true gems, many are mediocre and a few are dangerously inaccurate. Since there is no external review or regulation of the Internet, we need to outfit ourselves with tools which will enable us to recognize these differences in quality and to be our own critics. This is particularly important when our search is propelled by concern for someone that we love. It's only natural that hope or fear could weaken our objectivity.

    There are several questions that can help us in our search:

    Is the author clearly indicated?
    Is the author an expert in this area?
    Is it clear what organization is sponsoring the site?
    Are the organization's goals clearly stated?
    Is the legitimacy of the organization verified by a phone number or postal address?
    Is it clear whether this is a site from the national or local chapter of the organization and does the site have official approval of the organization?

    Are there any biases?
    Does the author have a vested interest in your support? (e.g. commercial or political motivation)
    Does the author present different sides? Are the organization's biases clearly stated?

    Is the information accurate?
    Are the sources of information clearly referenced?
    Is the information consistent with other sources? (especially with evaluated sources, such as peer-reviewed journals)
    Is the site well-written and understandable, with grammar and spelling correct enough to suggest that care has been taken in preparing the site?

    Is the subject well covered?
    Is the topic presented/explored in enough depth?

    Is the information current?
    Is the publication date posted?
    Has the site been recently updated?

    Is the site well designed?
    Is the site user friendly?
    Are there useful links to other sites?

    Using these criteria, the quality of a Website can be assessed according to the number of positive responses.

    The above suggestions have been pooled from several sources and a limited bibliography is appended. There aren't any rules to help us evaluate new information, just critical thinking and practice. For a more complete discussion of Internet quality and its evaluation see Hope Tillman's Evaluating Quality on the Net
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    Here are a few examples of how you can use these links:

    • Are you looking for an introduction to the area of allergy and anaphylaxis? There are basic reviews in the Consumer Health Sites.
    • Are you trying to establish a school policy? There is a section that deals specifically with schools and school policies.
    • Are you trying to plan a trip abroad and want to find out about your point of destination? There is a section on foreign travel that includes anaphylaxis organizations abroad.
    • Do you want to access the medical literature and find out how to do a search? Go to the Medical Articles and you will be guided through.
    • Do you want to find out more about the Internet and how to use it effectively? In the Internet Help section there are educational links to help you feel more at home with the Internet and design effective searches. There's also an article that addresses the question of Internet quality (a Network Publication).
    • Are you looking for specific news articles or topics? There are sections for pure interest: links to newspapers, current topics (e.g. the biotechnology of food).
    • Do you want to find out more about our government and food labelling practices? There are government links where you can see the current status of legislation on food labelling and biotechnology.

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