Research & Discovery

Childhood pneumonia and pleurisy lead to smaller lungs: Tasmanian study

"The research, from the Tasmanian Longitudinal Health Study cohort, involved comprehensive measures of lung function in participants at age seven and again at ages 45 and 53. The study found that in 14.2% of children, parents reported their child had experienced a doctor-diagnosed pneumonia or pleurisy. This was associated with mildly obstructive pre-bronchodilator spirometry at age seven. " - November 6th, 2019

Sleep apnoea screening at GPs may be missing up to 64 per cent of cases

"CRITERIA allowing general practitioners to refer patients directly to a sleep study may be missing more than half of patients later found to have clinically relevant obstructive sleep apnoea, according to the authors of research published in the Medical Journal of Australia..."- May 27th, 2019

Three-quarters of COPD cases are linked to childhood risk factors that are exacerbated in adulthood

"Three-quarters of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) cases have their origins in poor lung function pathways beginning in childhood. These pathways are associated with exposures in childhood, and amplified by factors in adulthood, according to a cohort study..."- April 5th, 2018

Early intervention may minimise later lung problems

"A major study has found that controlling asthma through appropriate monitoring and medication is among several variables that can affect whether someone develops chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in later life. The University of Melbourne-led study, published in The Lancet Respiratory Medicine, was the world’s first to characterise lung function trajectories that could lead to COPD in a large general population from early childhood into the sixth decade..."

Are Australia’s roads giving you asthma?

"Australians aged 45-50 who lived less than 200 metres from a major road had a 50 percent higher risk of asthma, wheeze and lower lung function over a five-year period than those who lived more than 200 metres from a major road..."- Nov 24th, 2017

Mom’s smoking may put kids at higher risk of COPD in adulthood

"The children of mothers who smoke heavily may face a much higher risk for developing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) as adults, new research suggests... heavy maternal smoking - more than 20 cigarettes per day - increases a child's long-term COPD risk nearly threefold..."- March 10th, 2016

Scientists discover eczema-asthma link

"Australian scientists say they have discovered a link between childhood eczema and the onset of asthma in adults. A study has found those who had childhood eczema were twice as likely to develop asthma..."- July 7th, 2008

Triple Asthma Whammy For Big Girls

"In a world-first, University of Melbourne researchers have found a link between childhood obesity and adult-onset asthma in women. Overweight girls have triple the risk of developing asthma as adults, and Australian specialists believe female sex hormones might be at fault..."- March 28th, 2007

Breastfeeding can also pass on allergies, Australian Study

"While exclusive breastfeeding of babies- whose mothers have an allergy- protects them in early childhood, it actually increases the risk of them developing allergies as adolescents and adults, according to a study done by the Melbourne University's School of Population Health..."- Oct 2nd, 2007