Parents can HALVE their baby"s risk of asthma if they avoid exposing them to house dust, nuts, eggs and dairy products

Parents can HALVE their baby's risk of asthma if they avoid exposing them to house dust, nuts, eggs and dairy products Findings contradict the 'hygiene hypothesis' that exposure to allergens and germs boosts immunity 11% of children protected from allergens such as nuts and dairy products developed asthmaCompared to 27% of those exposed to the allergens By Emma Innes PUBLISHED: 16:56 GMT, 21 March 2013 | UPDATED: 16:56 GMT, 21 March 2013 Protecting babies from highly allergenic foods and dust mites in their first year of life can prevent the development of asthma during childhood, a new study has discovered.

How to repel the dreaded winter vomiting bug, the norovirus

How to repel the dreaded winter vomiting bug, the norovirus, as number of cases soarMore than 800,000 cases reported since the summerThe figures are up 83 per cent on last year | UPDATED: 00:55 GMT, 23 December 2012 There is a huge number of cases of norovirus, or winter vomiting bug, this year.

Obese and overweight people "more likely to develop prostate cancer"

Overweight men 'more likely to develop prostate cancer because fat provides favourable environment for disease' | UPDATED: 05:12 GMT, 25 September 2012 Being fat makes you more likely to develop prostate cancer, according to a new study.

Not to be sneezed at: We"ve endured our longest hay fever season for two decades

Not to be sneezed at: We've endured our longest hay fever season for two decades High pollen season started a week early in late May this year | UPDATED: 16:12 GMT, 15 August 2012 Hayfever hell: Pollen counts high for weeks longer than usual this year Hay fever sufferers have been forced to endure the longest hay fever season in more than two decades, scientists said.

How meditation can help reduce loneliness in the elderly and prevent Alzheimers disease

How meditation can help reduce loneliness in the elderly and prevent Alzheimer’s disease Mindfulness meditation successfully reduced the feelings of loneliness and also had physical benefits | UPDATED: 16:44 GMT, 15 August 2012 Learning how to meditate can help reduce loneliness in the elderly, say researchers.

Five babies dead from whooping cough so far this year in biggest outbreak for 20 years

Five babies dead from whooping cough so far this year in biggest outbreak for 20 years Waning immunity following vaccination' or natural infection may be to blameCases in babies under three months have gone up more than five times in two years | UPDATED: 16:08 GMT, 5 July 2012 Five babies have died in the biggest whooping cough outbreak for two decades, the Health Protection Agency (HPA) said.

People with kids half as likely to develop colds due to "psychological benefits of parenthood"

People with kids half as likely to develop colds due to 'psychological benefits of parenthood'The more children you have the better your chance of escaping coughs and colds | UPDATED: 17:00 GMT, 4 July 2012 You may think parents couldn't escape from picking up bugs due to the constant stream of virus-ridden children traipsing through their homes.

Universal vaccine that could tackle 90 per cent of cancers is tested on humans for first time

'Universal' vaccine that could beat 90 per cent of cancers is tested on humans for first time Vaccine triggered greater immunity to cancer cells in trial patients A vaccine that targets a molecule in 90 per cent of all cancers has been tested on humans for the first time.