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Indoor mould can increase the risk of active asthma. Indoor mould can increase the risk of active asthma. Meg's my name/Flickr

Is your home harming you? Asthma, allergies and indoor mould

It is hard to escape indoor mould. It is most commonly found in the wet areas of the home, especially the bathroom and the kitchen, but it can grow anywhere. We all agree that it’s unsightly, but the bigger…
Hay fever affects one in six Australians. Hay fever affects one in six Australians. Ed Newbigin

Pollen counting is not something to be sneezed at

Ah, spring, the sun shines again, the birds sing and - ach-hoo! Airborne grass pollens trigger bouts of hay fever and episodes of asthma in people with pollen allergies. But there is a way we could mitigate…
Stressful times for mum increase the risk of later problems for her baby. Stressful times for mum increase the risk of later problems for her baby. Flickr/Roberto Carlos Pecino

Effects of prenatal stress can affect children into adulthood

If we want to understand child development, we need to start before birth. We have known for decades that health depends on an interaction between our genes and our environment. But we’ve also come to…
Unless you’re allergic to cow’s milk, dairy products are unlikely to cause or exacerbate asthma. 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…
High pollen counts, warm weather and storms are the perfect conditions for thunderstorm asthma. 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. 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. 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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Childhood virus raises asthma risk

Researchers have learnt that a common childhood virus disables the immunity infants naturally receive from breast milk, resulting…