Inhaling mist contaminated with
Legionella pneumophila can lead to Legionnaires’ disease.
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A woman recently died from Legionnaires' disease at an Atlanta hotel. Why? The cause is known and the disease is largely preventable. Yet the number of cases in the US continue to rise.
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Childhood asthma cases caused by traffic pollution are on the decline. But children in some parts of the country are faring better than others.
Research published in Science Translational Medicine in February 2019 used a virtual patient to test the drug, Fevipiprant.
Asthma affects around 339 million people worldwide. A new drug promises to lower risks of asthma attack and may eventually allow patients to reduce their dependence on steroids.
Winter bugs are impossible to escape.
Illness often strikes when you’re stressed at work, not sleeping properly, or you’ve been out partying a little too much. Here's why.
Our new study has found that people who suffer from severe mental illness are at a much higher risk of dying from preventable diseases and conditions.
Hot hot heat.
How to move beyond the warm words about tackling urban heat islands to doing something about them.
School children in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
Smoking ban in Bangladesh isn't working, and children are paying the price.
Trade and investment agreements can increase consumption of unhealthy foods, sugary drinks and tobacco – leading to soaring rates of obesity and chronic diseases globally.
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As government representatives meet at the WHO global conference on noncommunicable diseases in Uruguay this week, their focus should be on reducing the health impacts of trade deals.
You can barely see this construction worker for dust. His lack of protective face mask puts him at risk of silicosis and other lung diseases.
We're seeing the resurgence of an old lung disease in people who make and install the type of engineered stone product you might find in your kitchen or bathroom.
One nostril or two? Hard blow or gentle? Some ways are more effective and less risky than others.
If you have a blocked or runny nose, chances are you'll reach for a tissue or hanky for a good blow. But is your technique up to scratch?
People living with chronic illnesses are more vulnerable to heat effects.
Rising temperatures affect people living in the developing world differently to those living in Europe and North America.
A considerable proportion of childhood asthma is attributable to exposure to indoor dampness and mould.
Exposure to harmful agents inside the home can have profound effects on our health. After all, we spend an average of 16 hours a day at home – and even more when aged under seven and over 64.
Avoiding contact with people who have respiratory infections – and are coughing or sneezing – is the key to protection.
Twelve years ago the world was threatened by an outbreak of a new coronavirus called SARS. MERS belongs to the same virus family and has killed 19 people in South Korea.
Not all gross: mucus is vital for healthy airways.
We tend to notice mucus only when it’s abnormal and the sticky fluid is expelled from orifices. But actually it’s pretty amazing stuff. Every moment of our lives mucus is protecting our internal organs…
Taking precautions in Manchester.
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The visibly high levels of pollution southern England is experiencing have drawn all of our attention to the ill-effects bad air quality can have on our health. Wherever we live, there is always a risk…
A life-threatening fungus to cats and humans has been discovered by a University of Sydney researcher. The tumour-like fungus…
A compound developed to treat leukemia could be effective in the prevention of asthma. Researchers found that the new compound…
Governments don’t seem to take seriously the health effects of coal mining.
Anti-coal protester Jonathan Moylan has said the main reason for his ANZ sharemarket hoax was his concern about the health impacts of coal mining at Maules Creek. He stressed the impact of the mine on…