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JULY 2015

Mould on the march – tell us your story for a chance to win

From the height of the wet season in the tropics, to the depths of winter in the south, mould is something people across Australia need to be aware of all year round – particularly if they have asthma and allergies.

As the winter damp sets in around Australia's major population centres, we're asking Australians with asthma and allergies to be on the lookout for mould and providing tips on for how mould growth can be avoided or at least controlled.

Sensitive Choice is also giving you the chance to win an Ausclimate dehumidifier by telling your story of winning or losing the battle against mould. Using the #holdthemould hashtag, just post your story to Sensitive Choice's Facebook page or include the @sensitivechoice handle in your tweet, and you're in the running.

Enter Sensitive Choice's #holdthemould competition

Our asthma blog – asthma and pain relievers

Have you been following our weekly asthma blog?

Full of valuable and practical advice, we've had some fantastic topics over the last month, including a timely post last week on humidity, mould and dust mites.

After a scare and nationwide product recall of children's painkillers last week, we thought it was time for a reminder of how pain relievers can affect some people with asthma.

How real food rather than pills can help your asthma

We've often talked about the importance of a good diet in managing your asthma and these articles from nutritionfacts.org explain why.

Interestingly, the healthy things about fruit and veggies – the antoxidants – don't seem to work as well when extracted for pills and supplements, so our advice is stick to the old fashioned way.

What's not to love about  #dance4asthma?

At this time of year we're always slightly envious of our friends across the ditch at the Asthma Foundation of New Zealand.

Their brilliant annual #dance4asthma campaign always results in some entertaining entries and this year's winners take cuteness to a new level.

Woodstock School took this year's prize, an iPad, but New Zealand's asthma community is the biggest winner thanks to fantastic asthma awareness raising initiative.

Asthma Foundation of New Zealand's #dance4asthma 2015 winners, Woodstock School, have all the moves.

Call for research participants in Perth or surrounds

If you are a fluent English speaker 18 years or older, have used a health app for over one month, reside in Perth and have experienced any medical condition, you are invited for a one-off interview ranging between 15 – 25 minutes.

The interview can be arranged face-to-face at a convenient time and location or via telephone/Skype (interviewer will download the apps you use beforehand).

Information collected in this research will be treated as confidential and identifying details will not be reported.This research contributes to a PhD thesis, and has been approved by Curtin University’s Human Research Ethics Committee.

You will be offered a $20 Coles gift card in recognition of your time.

Please contact Kevin Anderson for more information.

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