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Episode 18

The final episode of Visions for 2007 is going out with a bang! We take a closer look at research into how blasts and vibrations from quarries affect nearby homes. And in our second story, we take a closer look at a new study which looked at the link between allergy tests and asthma risk. Be sure to check back over the festive season, as we take a look back on year one of Visions.

More information

Blast Impact On Houses:
Quarries have been built in urban areas for decades. They help to build roads and shopping centres. But what impact do the blasts and vibrations have on the local homes? Researches from the Department of Civil and Environmental in the Melbourne School of Engineering are working with industry to find out.

For more information go to http://www.civenv.unimelb.edu.au/research/groups/infrastructure_protection_group/protective.html

Skin Prick Tests Show Asthma Risk:
According to a new study led by the University of Melbourne, in children with eczema, those who have positive skin prick tests for allergy are at three times higher risk of developing asthma than those who have negative skin prick tests.

For more information go to http://www.epi.unimelb.edu.au or http://www.rch.org.au/allergy.

Also see A.J. Lowe, C.S. Hosking, C.M. Bennett, J.B. Carlin, M.J. Abramson, D.J. Hill and S.C. Dharmage: “Skin prick test can identify eczematous infants at risk of asthma and allergic rhinitis”, Clinical and Experimental Allergy 2007 Nov;37(11):1624-31.

Children from this study were recruited by the Melbourne Atopy Cohort Study supported by Nestle Australia and the Asthma Foundation.

Credits

Blast Impact On Houses:
Produced by Rebecca Scott
Camera by Clive Banfield
Edited by Rob Cross
Quarry blasts vision supplied by Terrock Consulting Engineers
Footage of shaking table supplied by Mark Raphael and Sam Davidson, Melbourne School of Engineering
With special thanks to David Heath and Dr Emad Gad, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Melbourne School of Engineering and Alan Richards, Terrock Consulting Engineers.

Skin Prick Tests Show Asthma Risk:
Produced by Janine Sim-Jones
Camera by Clive Banfield
Edited by Rob Cross
With special thanks to Georgina Mills, son Louis and the staff of the Allergy and Immunology Department at the Royal Children's Hospital.