Can cleanliness increase your risk of developing allergies and asthma?

How can being too clean make us sick? Well, it turns out that excessive cleanliness or a lack of exposure to bacteria, viruses and allergens prevents the normal development of the immune system, which eventually increases the chance of disorders within this system down the road. This is called the hygiene hypothesis, and it explains why allergyContinue reading “Can cleanliness increase your risk of developing allergies and asthma?”

Who’s breathing the most polluted air in Hong Kong?

According to the air quality data released by the Environmental Protection Department today, people in Tuen Mun, Yuen Long and Tung Chung districts were breathing the unhealthiest air in 2018. Tuen Mun was the most polluted district for the fifth consecutive year, followed by Yuen Long in second place and Tung Chung in third. ThoughContinue reading “Who’s breathing the most polluted air in Hong Kong?”

Pets boost children’s immunity

Studies show that children who have pets at home are more likely to have stronger immune systems and take fewer days off school. Researchers at Warwick University found that antibody levels in pet-owning children were significantly more stable, indicating that they had robust immune systems. These findings apparently support the “dirty hypothesis”, the researchers say.Continue reading “Pets boost children’s immunity”

Eating fish before age of nine months = decreased risk of wheezing and eczema

A recent study shows that feeding babies fish before nine months of age may cut their risk of pre-school wheezing. According to a Swedish study published in the December issue of Acta Paediatrica, eating fish before the age of nine months almost halved the likelihood of suffering recurrent wheezing at 4.5 years of age. TheContinue reading “Eating fish before age of nine months = decreased risk of wheezing and eczema”