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PhD scholarship for grass pollen aerobiology and allergy research

The Allergy Research Group is seeking a doctoral candidate to join a leading interdisciplinary team researching pollen aerobiology and its impact on allergic disease. You will join a dynamic collaborative team to contribute studies linked to an ARC Discovery project on satellite tracking of emerging health threats from grass pollen…

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The Conversation: Keeping one step ahead of pollen triggers for thunderstorm asthma

“The recent Melbourne thunderstorm asthma event has led some people to question what made this hay fever season so bad and how this tragic event occurred. Thunderstorm asthma, a sudden surge in cases of acute respiratory illness coinciding with local thunderstorms, ranges from small events that affect handfuls of people to large-scale…

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The Conversation: Health Check – What are the options for treating hay fever?

“If you’re one of the 15% of Australians who experience hay fever, you might have spent the last few weeks sneezing, itching and trying to control a runny nose and cloudy head. Seasonal hay fever is usually caused by pollen from trees, grasses and weeds. In Australia, the major triggers are spring-flowering grasses such as ryegrass, but…

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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…

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The Conversation: 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 the impact of the season – pollen counts. These work in the same way as summer UV alerts, by telling us when there’s enough of…