Asthma and allergies

ONE in five Australian children have been diagnosed with asthma by the age of 15 — one of the highest rates in the world. 1

Although prevalence has declined in the past decade, the quest to decipher the importance of various environmental risk factors influencing the development of the disease has become ever more complex.

For instance, the Asthma in Australian Children report noted that maternal smoking was strongly associated with a greater risk of developing asthma during infancy. Yet the incidence of asthma per 100