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Austr ustralia has one of the world’s high­est rate rates of hay fever and data from Curtin Univ Uni­ver­sity in WA may ex­plain why. Re Re­searcher Brad Zhang tested a group of new newly ar­rived Chi­nese im­mi­grants against a gro group who’d been living in Australia for more tha than two years, and found that our en­vi­ron­ment may be caus­ing ge­netic changes that­makethat make us more sus­cep­ti­ble to snif­fles.

Zhang pre pre­sented his find­ings at the an­nual meet­ing of T The Tho­racic So­ci­ety of Australia & New Zealand,Zealand and said that one the­ory be­hind the in­ci­denc in­ci­dence of al­ler­gies in this coun­try was that de­velop de­vel­oped coun­tries have lower lev­els of bac­te­ria in foodfo and wa­ter, and if peo­ple aren’t ex­posed to bac­te­riab con­cen­tra­tions, it may af­fect sus­cep­ti­bil­i­ty­susce to al­ler­gies later in life. How­ever, he said more re­search is needed.

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