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Australia Wide First Aid

Our friends at Australia Wide First Aid have some interesting stats on this colour poster

Did you know that over 1,000,000 school days are lost each year in Australia due to Asthma and Allergies? Download this great poster for your classroom or club.

 

For more information visit the Australia Wide website.

 

 

 

Kids' Food Allergies for Dummies book

Kids' Food Allergies for Dummies was launched this year at the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute by the Victorian Minister for Mental Health, Women's Affairs and Community Services, Mary Wooldridge. 

Food allergy continues to increase in Australia, with an estimated one in 10 children suffering from a food allergy and 'Kids' Food Allergies for Dummies' has arisen from a need to put together a guide for people that is both comprehensive and easily understandable. 

The book was co-authored by Assoc Professor Mimi Tang and Assoc Professor Katie Allen from the Institute. It covers everything parents need to know about looking after children at home and on the go, providing a safe environment at school or childcare, knowing when an allergic reaction is serious and outlines the difference between types of food allergies.

The book explores some of Mimi and Katie's research and looks at why allergy rates are on the rise and potential future treatments for food allergy. It also provides practical information on using adrenaline autoinjectors, sample emergency action plans and further support materials.

Kids' Food Allergies for Dummies is available at a large number of retail and online bookstores including the Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia website.

 

Breathe Easy – Living with Asthma

ABC News24 recently aired an episode of Tonic TV all about asthma called "Breathe Easy - Living with Asthma", which was produced with the assistance of the National Asthma Council Australia. Tonic is a magazine-style program that relies on the latest evidence and advice from world-leading health experts to inform viewers and help them to live a healthier life.

This very special edition of Tonic explores a common, chronic condition that affects one in 10 Australians and has the potential to be devastating - asthma. The evidence is that it's often poorly managed with many people not using their medications effectively, and as a result having worse asthma symptoms than necessary.

Dr Norman Swan and his team of reporters look at how asthma affects the lives of people living with it, through the eyes of Kathy and Jeff, two very different asthma sufferers. Kathy wasn't diagnosed until her late twenties, after a series of misdiagnoses and years of struggling with not being well and not really understanding why. Jeff on the other hand was diagnosed as a child and has found that managing his asthma well allows him to live a life full of sport and fitness. Asthma expert Professor Matthew Peters talks about the latest in asthma research and why this common condition is mistreated and misdiagnosed, and has loads of great information for people with asthma and their loved ones.

The team also take a look at how schools are equipped to look after students with asthma. Then Tonic's fitness guru Geoff Brockenshire busts myths surrounding asthma and exercise – and some of it might just surprise you.

To view the episode, click here  

 

TED TALK - Naomi Shah: The effect of air pollution on people with asthma

Naomi Shah's first word was "why." She went from pestering her parents with questions about organic chemistry and nuclear energy, to a resarch project that developed a novel mathematical model for the effects of air polution on asthmatics. That work won her first place in the Google Science Fair age 15-16 category. Naomi's talk begins at the 10:23 mark in the video below.