Climate change can cause higher pollen counts.
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.
Why didn’t we learn the lessons from earlier thunderstorm asthma events?
Melbourne's recent thunderstorm asthma event caught services by surprise. So, is it time for a national health protection agency to coordinate our public health response?
This event wasn’t unprecedented, and we could’ve seen it coming.
The recent severe thunderstorm in Melbourne caused hospitals across the city to be put on emergency alert as thousands of people called ambulance services, reporting severe breathing difficulties.
Hay fever and asthma are allergic conditions that inflame the lung and nose.
Allergens that trigger hay fever can also trigger asthma attacks in people with allergic asthma.
Vitamin D seems to play a protective role when the lungs are inflamed and infected.
Asthmatics given vitamin D had fewer severe attacks that needed treatment with oral medication.
Health studies in Pennsylvania show links between some health problems and local fracking activity.
Three studies find higher rate of health issues for people who live near large or many fracked natural gas well sites.
Baker’s asthma is an occupational asthma that bakery employees develop after being exposed to cereal grains such as wheat, rye and yeast.
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.
Piccadilly Circus in smog, 1952.
Data from London's Great Smog of 1952 show that air pollution exposure in early life leads to striking increases in asthma rates. Millions in the developing world face similar risks today.
The overall infant mortality rate more than halved between 1986 and 2014.
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.
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.
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.
The battle isn’t over yet.
Canada is the latest country to see a decline in rates of overweight and obesity. Does that mean anti-obesity strategies are starting to work?
Childhood asthma in low- and middle-income countries is on the rise and symptoms are often more severe. Contributory factors include living with anxiety and being exposed to community violence.
Simon Yates at start of the British Mens Road Race Cycling Championships, Abergavenny, 2014.
Asthma medication can cause trouble for athletes but why are some inhalers alright while others need permission to use?
The types of bugs that may be calling your lungs home.
Understanding the bugs in our lungs could help treat certain diseases, including asthma.
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.
Allergies are becoming more frequent in the western world.
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.
When we think of antibiotic overuse, we don't generally think of allergies. Research is beginning to suggest that maybe we should.
Asthma rates in the UK look to be falling.
There have long been two schools of thought on what causes allergies. New stats are much more helpful to one than the other.
Petra Kvitova: champion asthmatic.
From Wimbledon champions to Olympic swimmers, asthmatics have reached the top and breathing technique is all important.