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Allergies

Genetic predisposition for obesity increases risk of asthma

Some cases of asthma might be avoided by maintaining a healthy weight.

Just one in ten children “with food allergies” actually had them

Parents had steered their offspring away from a variety of foods they thought their kids were allergic to. When researchers examined the children they found that just one in ten really had a food allergy.

No link between allergies and deadly diseases

Allergies do not increase the risk of cancer, type-2 diabetes, autoimmune diseases, and premature death, shows new study.

Simplified diagnosis of coeliac disease

Diagnosis of coeliac disease requires a tissue sample from the small intestine, which can be extremely unpleasant. Norwegian researchers have developed a blood test which provides a rapid, painless answer.

Scientists inject allergens directly into the immune system

Injecting allergens directly into the lymph nodes could provide a faster and easier way of preventing allergies.

Much less allergy in families who do the dishes by hand

A simple dish brush appears to be a great weapon against allergy development. Children in households that don’t use dishwashers are much less prone to be allergenic.

Asthma seems to start before birth

People with asthma, hay fever and eczema probably developed their ailments in the womb. Researchers think the future may bring ways of averting these afflictions.

Farm life is beneficial for pregnant women

Children living on farms have a reduced risk of developing allergies. Now researchers know more about why.

Hairdressers troubled by respiratory problems

Asthma, congestion, dry coughs and wheezing. These are just some of the symptoms which plague hair salon workers.

Nose filter keeps out pollen

Good news for people with pollen allergy: a new nose filter, which can trap pollen particles before they reach the nasal mucosa, can significantly reduce hay fever symptoms.