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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.
Should have bought the nasal spray. Mandy Godbehear/Shutterstock

Explainer: what is hay fever and why do you have it?

The excitement of sunshine and warm weather that comes with the approaching summer is tempered for some by the sneezing, itchy eyes and congested airways that accompanies it. Hay fever, or seasonal allergic…

Public smoking bans linked to healthier kids

Bans on public smoking may lead to drops in childhood asthma and premature births, new research shows. Researchers, led by…
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. 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. 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…

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