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Smog alert issued for Easter break

The Government today issued a "smog alert" for the Easter weekend for ozone and polluting particles known as PM10s, which can affect people's health.

Former asthma sufferer runs 365 marathons in a year

A 49-year-old former asthma sufferer set a Guinness World Record yesterday after crossing the finishing line of his 365th marathon in a year.

Book Of A Lifetime: Great Expectations, By Charles Dickens

'Great Expectations' was perhaps the first "big book" I really got through at a gallop when I was about 11. Instead of being outside, practising to open the batting for Oz, I began the novel when housebound with asthma in a Sydney suburb of no distinction. I have to say that partway through the book my reading got a fillip when, breathing easier, I saw at the local picture house the magnificent film version directed by David Lean and starring John Mills and Alex Guinness.

Trial hopes to cut road pollution

The first UK trial using dust suppressants on roads to cut pollution caused by vehicles has been launched.

Paracetamol: A bitter pill?

Paracetamol, that staple of the medicine cabinet, is being linked to the rise in childhood asthma. Dr Simon Reilly investigates

Our lungs can 'taste' bitterness in the air, say scientists

The human lungs can "taste" bitter substances in the air, according to a study that could lead to new types of drugs designed to make it easier for asthma sufferers to breathe.

Album: Sufjan Stevens, The Age of ADZ (Asthmatic Kitty)

The advance buzz on Stevens' sixth album proper was that the banjo-toter had gone digital.

Head resigns at asthma death school

A head teacher has resigned after a schoolboy died from an asthma attack he suffered at school, a council said today

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Waterloo Road – now into its sixth series – is kept fresh by periodic decapitation. One head goes and another arrives, to be stitched into place on the bleeding stump. The operation doesn't always take, though it's probably too early to say whether Amanda Burton, the latest replacement, will ultimately be rejected by the host body. She's certainly a matching donor in terms of her character, this particular headship calling for a melodramatic back-story (one recent headmistress had spent time working as a prostitute) and a positively magnetic ability to attract trouble. Mrs Fisher meets the first requirement since she's just taken a year and a half off to cope with the psychological trauma of having her oldest daughter go missing and things look very promising on the second count too. As one of her staff members put it – a little way into the chain of catastrophes that fills the timetable at Waterloo Road – "Parental punch-up, mass evacuation, asthmatic pupil... talk about a baptism of fire."

Caught in the Net: There's a nice pattern emerging

Flying Lotus has already released one of the year's best albums, but he's not stopping there. On 20 September, the electronica pioneer releases a new seven-track EP called Pattern+Grid World.

Modified peanuts may cut risk of allergic reactions

A "low-allergy" peanut is being developed which could revolutionise eating out for allergy sufferers. Researchers from the US Department of Agriculture are creating "naturally bred" peanuts which are not genetically modified (GM) and which pose little risk to sufferers.

Children who eat a Mediterranean diet are less prone to asthma

Children who eat a diet rich in fruit, vegetables and fish have a lower risk of asthma and wheezing, but eating three or more burgers a week can increase the risk, scientists have concluded.

Volcanic ash warning to asthma sufferers

People with lung conditions like emphysema and asthma should stay indoors if volcanic ash starts to settle, a spokesman for the World Health Organisation said today.

Science writer wins 'fair comment' appeal

Science writer Simon Singh today won his Court of Appeal battle for the right to rely on the defence of fair comment in a libel action.

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