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WE USED to damp down dust with tea-leaves and sweep it up. Now we take it for granted that the electric vacuum cleaner is one of the most basic and effective of cleaning tools. Its invention revolutionised dust removal. Instead of needing an armoury of specialised brushes for every imaginable dusting task (a goose wing was recommended for cleaning the spines of books, for example), one greedy nozzle could suck almost anything off anywhere. It, more than any other factor, outmoded spring- cleaning.

Letter: Asthma

Sir: Many wind-pollinated plants can trigger asthma, as you report ("The disease that lurks in the dust", 13 October). However, three trees can be removed from the list. Elder and horse chestnut are insect-pollinated. They have obviously been confused with the wind-pollinated alder and sweet chestnut. Willows also are insect-pollinated. Their stiff, showy catkins attract a variety of insects, especially early bees. There have been suggestions that some birds might also pollinate willows, but almost certainly any bird showing an interest will be after the pollinating insects or, even better, the caterpillars that feed on the catkins.

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Swedish boost for Glaxo drug

SHARES IN Glaxo Wellcome, the world's second-biggest drug maker, rose 26p to 1,840p after it said it had won approval for Seretide, its treatment for asthma, in Sweden.

Design: The Millennium Collection Nos 8 & 9: The Sylvan Corporation Anti-Asthmatic Pillow and Pertex Fibre

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CS spraying of patients backed by Home Office

SQUIRTING MENTAL patients with CS spray may be the kindest way of dealing with them, a Home Office minister said last night.

Report condemns police use of CS spray on mental patients

REGULAR police use of CS spray as a "chemical straitjacket" to subdue mentally ill people is severely criticised in a report to be published this week by one of Britain's leading psychiatric hospitals.

Health on the Net Special: The Web way to good health

Want to know more about your body? Forget the library; go for the Internet. But user beware.

Letter: Power and clean air

Sir: In your report "Power pollution linked to asthma" (27 May) you say that, according to research by the Atmospheric Particles Expert Group (APEG), power stations may be a major source of particulate air pollution. I would point out that APEG has not yet finalised the conclusions of its research and a preliminary draft report is not expected to be circulated for peer review until July. It is not possible therefore to comment on details of the research at this stage.

Power pollution is linked to asthma

POWER stations may be a major source of air pollution, according to a study due to be unveiled today.

Bean danger

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Nurse's passive smoking claim fails

A NURSE who claimed she developed asthma through being exposed to passive smoking in an old people's home yesterday lost her claim for damages in a landmark court case.

Ozone fear mars sunshine weekend

Summertime blues: Britain basks in good weather, but we still can't get a drink in the Continental-style cafe and the air is polluted

Passive smoking claim makes history

Former worker at old folks' home blames polluted atmosphere for onset of asthma in case that could set legal precedent


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