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Children risk asthma if parent of same sex has it

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Scientists call for a longer ban on bird flu research

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Wearing her new perfume, Dita Von Teese would be unwelcome in many US buildings

Bring your guns, but leave your perfume at home

After paying out thousands of dollars in compensation to allergic workers, US authorities are banning artificial scents

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Doctor, doctor, I've got this strange tattoo

Forget Angelina Jolie's shoulder-covering Buddhist incantation or David Beckham's Christ on the cross. The smart money is on a new kind of tattoo: the medical tat.

Allergic shocks rise 700 per cent in 20 years

The number of people admitted to hospital with life threatening anaphylactic shock – involving sudden swelling, breathlessness and low blood pressure – has increased by at least 700 per cent in the last two decades.

Huge rise in potentially fatal allergies

The number of people admitted to hospital with life-threatening anaphylactic shock – involving sudden swelling, breathlessness and low blood pressure – has increased by at least 700 per cent in the last two decades.

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