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Sugar consumption and childhood allergies — Expert Reaction

Tessa Evans posted in on July 6th, 2017.

Higher levels of sugar consumption during pregnancy might lead to an increased risk of allergic asthma and allergies in the child, new research from the UK suggests.   Published in the European Respiratory Journal, the researchers used data from a population-based birth cohort in the UK, the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children, and looked at […]

Asthma vaccine patented by Kiwi scientists

Laura Goodall posted in on October 6th, 2014.

Dominion Post reporter Nikki MacDonald interviews the Wellington scientists who have found, and patented, a new vaccine for asthma. The research – a collaboration between the Malaghan Institute and Victoria University’s Ferrier Research Institute – was published today in Nature Chemical Biology and shows that the vaccine prevents inflammation of the lungs and airways in mice. If successful in humans, the […]

Probiotics and pregnancy

John Kerr posted in on February 22nd, 2013.

Exposure to beneficial bacteria before and after birth may lower a child’s risk of developing allergies and eczema. Wellington and Auckland researchers have previously shown that high risk mothers taking a daily dose of the helpful probiotic bacteria Lactobacillus rhamnosus during pregnancy and breastfeeding halved the rates of eczema in their children. Now the researchers […]

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Experts on maternal obesity and risk of asthma in adolescence

Peter Griffin posted in on August 16th, 2011.

Overweight women who become pregnant could be putting their children at risk of developing asthma in their teens, research released today suggests. From the BMJ abstract: Background The high prevalence of children’s asthma symptoms, worldwide, is unexplained. We examined the relation between maternal pre-pregnancy weight and body mass index (BMI), and asthma symptoms in adolescents. […]

Experts respond: asthma and exposure to magnetic fields

John Kerr posted in on August 2nd, 2011.

A new study has suggested that exposure to  magnetic fields during pregnancy may be linked to asthma in children. However, experts are urging caution in the interpretation of the research. The research, published today in Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine, details a prospective study that recorded magnetic field exposure in pregnant mothers and subsequently […]

The Press: Worrying trend revealed

Peter Griffin posted in on December 16th, 2010.

Rebecca Todd writes in The Press about new research from Canterbury University showing that children with asthma are more likely to fall significantly behind their peers in reading during their first year in school, than their non-asthmatic counterparts. The study, which followed almost 300 five year old children between 2005 and 2008, with researchers now […]

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Burger diet boosts kids’ asthma and wheeze risk – Experts respond

Peter Griffin posted in on June 4th, 2010.

AusSMC: New research from Europe suggests eating three or more burgers a week may boost a child’s risk of asthma and wheeze – at least in developed nations. Conversely, a Mediterranean diet, rich in fruit, vegetables, and fish seems to stave off the risk, the research shows. The research team base their findings on data […]

TVNZ/One News: Asthma sufferers get help from blackcurrants

Peter Griffin posted in on March 26th, 2010.

Blackcurrants contain a compound which could help lungs fight inflammation, according to research conducted by Plant and Food Research. The discovery could lead to improved treatments for asthma sufferers. An excerpt: (read in full here) A team at Plant and Food Research in Palmerston North isolated the compound from New Zealand blackcurrants, extracted it and […]

New research on asthma

Peter Griffin posted in on October 21st, 2008.

Two recent studies have been published on asthma. A study published in the New Zealand Medical Journal finds a decline in the prevalence of asthma in New Zealand, and a study published in Clinical and Experimental Allergy finds no link between early use of antibiotics and the development of asthma in young children. Decline in the […]

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Warmer homes help children with asthma

Peter Griffin posted in on September 24th, 2008.

This nine-page paper, written by researchers at the University of Otago, was published today in the British Medical Journal. The study examined 409 children in five NZ communities between the ages of 6 and 12 with diagnosed asthma, both before and after more effective heating was installed in their homes. The better heating included heat […]

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