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Air pollution leads to asthma

Early-life exposure to air pollution may contribute to the development of asthma in children. Researchers used two groups…

Compound could prevent asthma

A compound developed to treat leukemia could be effective in the prevention of asthma. Researchers found that the new compound…
Unless you’re allergic to cow’s milk, dairy products are unlikely to cause or exacerbate asthma. Image from shutterstock.com

Monday’s medical myth: dairy products exacerbate asthma

Dairy products are good for the bones, so we’re encouraged to have regular serves of (reduced-fat) milk cheese and yogurt. But can they make asthma and allergies worse? Asthma is a respiratory condition…

Childhood virus raises asthma risk

Researchers have learnt that a common childhood virus disables the immunity infants naturally receive from breast milk, resulting…
About 60% of Australians are not physically active enough to reap health benefits. AAP/Tracey Nearmy

Most Australians are taking a chance with chronic disease

Nearly all Australians are taking a lifestyle risk that will increase the chance of developing a chronic disease, and more…
High pollen counts, warm weather and storms are the perfect conditions for thunderstorm asthma. Brandon LLW

Explainer: what is thunderstorm asthma?

If you suffer from itchy eyes, a runny nose, headaches and excessive sneezing this time of year, you’re certainly not alone. Hay fever or allergic rhinitis is an allergic reaction to pollen and affects…
The prevalence of asthma has been falling, at least in children and young adults, since the late 1990s. PhylB/Flickr

Breathe easy? Good and bad news about asthma

There’s good news about asthma in the report card “Asthma in Australia 2011” published last week by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW). But there are also some sobering facts about heath-care…
As a pregnant woman’s weight increases above normal levels, so does her child’s risk of asthma. Flickr/limascarjuliet

Pregnancy, obesity and child asthma: an uncomfortable connection

Being obese during pregnancy dramatically increases the risk of the child developing asthma by their tenth birthday, according a study published online in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology…

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