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.
We can't keep blaming the MMR-autism scare – there are other forces at play.
Some foods may be easy enough to avoid but when products have a long list of ingredients it starts being tricky.
Why it's so difficult to detect allergens in food – and what to do about it.
The link between season of birth and the risk of having allergies is well known. A new study sheds light on why this link exists.
Several indigenous child-rearing practices have helped babies develop strong immune systems to ward off allergies. These should be actively promoted.
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Poor indoor air quality is responsible for thousands of deaths – here's how to keep yourself healthy.
Babies more likely to have allergies later were born with hyperactive immunity.
New research has found children who are born with overly active immune cells are more likely to develop allergies to milk, eggs, peanuts, wheat and other common foods.
Being too clean isn't what's making us sick. It's the loss of biodiversity in the bacteria and organisms that live in our bodies and work with the immune system.
If you're one of the 15% of Australians who experience hay fever, it's likely you've spent weeks sneezing, itching and trying to control a runny nose and cloudy head. So, what can you do about it?
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.
Breastfeeding reduces the risk of infections in early life.
A Harvard University researcher last week suggested western women stop breastfeeding after a couple of months to reduce the risk of passing potentially harmful toxins on to infants via breast milk.
Animal attacks have been in the news a lot. Late last year, a 22-year-old student in New Jersey was killed by a black bear he had been photographing. This summer, swimmers off the coast of North Carolina…
I can’t believe it isn’t true.
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Most people who report allergies don't actually have them – and there are other things you may find surprising.
Acute non-specific low back pain is a very common problem that usually gets better without any treatment.
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Not so long ago, getting an x-ray for acute back pain was the norm. And they are still used far more frequently than is necessary.
Avoiding peanuts is currently the only way to prevent allergic reactions.
Rates of food allergies have increased over recent decades and are at an all-time high. While we don’t know the full extent of the allergy epidemic, the rate of hospitalisation for food allergies has quadrupled…
Climate change could make your hay fever much worse, thanks to three times more pollen allergens in the air.
It’s now late spring, with summer just around the corner, and many people with hay fever suffer at this time of year in Australia. Although the cause of this suffering is invisible to us, it is actually…
Antihistamines are the first-line treatment for those with mild or occasional hay fever.
Three million Australian adults – 15% of the population – struggle through spring and summer with watery eyes, running nose, itchy throat and the hallmark hay fever symptom, sneezing. When people with…
Allergic reactions to food have dramatically increased over the past 10 to 20 years.
Changing the bacteria in the gut could treat and prevent life-threatening allergies, according to research published in the…