Posts for 2014

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The Conversation: Future hay fever seasons will be worse thanks to climate change

“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 all around us — plant pollen floating in the air. The 500 million people in the world who suffer from allergies may be alarmed to learn…

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The Conversation: Hay fever survival guide: why you have it and how to treat it

“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 hay fever are exposed to particular pollens, their body mistakenly thinks this is a threat and triggers an allergic reaction…