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Climate change can cause higher pollen counts. Lukasz Szmigiel/Unsplash

Can we blame climate change for thunderstorm asthma?

Irrespective of whether climate change contributed to the thunderstorm in Melbourne last week, we can be sure Australia’s climate projections herald new risks to health that cannot be ignored.
Baker’s asthma is an occupational asthma that bakery employees develop after being exposed to cereal grains such as wheat, rye and yeast. Shutterstock

How bakers can get itchy eyes and asthma if flour dust is not contained

Bakery employees develop asthma when they are exposed to high levels of flour dust. Although there are international guidelines these are often not protective and badly implemented.
The overall infant mortality rate more than halved between 1986 and 2014. from www.shutterstock.com.au

A snapshot of children’s health in Australia

This infographic provides a snapshot of children's health in Australia, from mortality and chronic conditions to the risk factors adversely affecting our children's health.
Asthma affects different children in different ways. from www.shutterstock.com.au

Do kids grow out of childhood asthma?

One of the biggest issues in treating asthma is patients not taking their medications correctly.
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is responsible for the majority of deaths from chronic lower respiratory diseases. from shutterstock.com

How Australians Die: cause #4 – chronic lower respiratory diseases

The lung is like an upside-down tree where the wind pipe is the trunk and the bronchi are the branches. Chronic lower respiratory diseases affect these branches.
A considerable proportion of childhood asthma is attributable to exposure to indoor dampness and mould. carlpenergy/Flickr

Health Check: how does household mould affect your health?

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.
Allergies are becoming more frequent in the western world. Al Fed/Flickr

What are allergies and why are we getting more of them?

Allergies are reactions caused by the immune system as it responds to environmental substances that are usually harmless. But we don't yet have a cure or the ability to prevent them from developing.

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