While much of the nation gears up for temperatures topping 20C on Monday, the high tree pollen count may signal a day of suffering inside for ten million hay fever sufferers.
Hay fever sufferers are likely to struggle through this weekend's sunny weather, with high levels of pollen expected across England.
Last time pollen peaked so early was in the early1960s
An unsigned singer who turned to music after being confined to her home as a result of food allergies has triumphed in MTV's search for this year's next big thing.
Calf was cloned with extra genetic material that 'switches off' the protein allergen
After paying out thousands of dollars in compensation to allergic workers, US authorities are banning artificial scents
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.
The three great names in British drug development for the past half century had the euphonious names of Jack, Black and Vane; and while Sir David Jack was the only one not to win a Nobel Prize this was largely due to chance, as his discoveries were equal to those of Sir James Black and Sir John Vane. Jack's contribution, with his team, was to develop the first inhaled asthma medicine, salbutamol (Ventolin). It relieved the wheezing of asthma almost instantaneously by going straight to the lungs, and only atiny dose was needed as it was not dispersed around the rest of the body. Previously, patients had to take ephedrine or similar compounds, wait up to half an hour for the drug to be absorbed, and put up with several hours of the tremors and palpitations that were the inevitable side-effects.
Manchester City star Mario Balotelli had to be substituted during last night's Europa League tie after the Italian's face became swollen. It seems that the striker has an allergy to certain types of grass.
Parents of children with suspected food allergies are warned today to avoid high street tests and diagnostic services advertised online which have "no value", according to experts.
A trend for wearing coloured contact lenses inspired by the pop singer Lady Gaga could damage people's eyes, opticians warn.
Hospital admissions for food allergies among children have risen by 500 per cent in the last 20 years but doctors do not understand what is driving the increase.
An experimental treatment for peanut allergy in children has been so successful that scientists have been given permission to go to a full-scale clinical trial involving hundreds of young people who suffer violent immune reactions to the smallest traces of peanut in their food.
It is not the most helpful of conditions to bring to the All England Club. Viktor Troicki, Andy Murray's opponent here this afternoon, is allergic to grass. "I'm allergic to grass courts, not just at Wimbledon but at other tournaments as well," the Serb said. "There's something in the air that bothers me."
Vision and hearing tend to deteriorate with age, but smell usually holds up well. Losing it can be the first sign of something serious. Alzheimer's and Parkinson's can start with the loss of sense of smell. It can also be caused by a head or nose injury that damages the olfactory nerves. Slow-growing brain tumours can press on the olfactory nerves, preventing them working. But a far more common cause is allergy, leading to the lining of your nose becoming swollen and inflamed. There are treatments for allergic nasal problems that can restore your smell to normal. First, get a proper diagnosis, via referral to an ENT or allergy specialist. Allergies to simple things, like dust, feathers and household pets, can cause this kind of problem.
Food regulators moved to ban artificial additives from hundreds of products yesterday, three decades after parents began complaining that their children suffered mood swings after consuming brightly coloured sweets, cakes and drinks.