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One in three Danish kids has asthma or allergies

A study of one million children in Denmark showed that while common ailments are widespread, they have slowed over the past decade.

One in three Danish kids has asthma or allergies
The study was the first to put a concrete number on how many children suffer from allergies, eczema and asthma. Photo: Colourbox
A new study carried out at Copenhagen’s Rigshospitalet found that roughly a third of all Danish children have been treated for either asthma, eczema or allergies, public broadcaster DR reported. 
 
The study looked at the treatments and subscriptions given to nearly one million Danish children born between 1997 and 2011. 
 
“We have long known that these illnesses are widely spread among children and adults in Denmark and abroad, but this is the first time that we have concrete numbers on how many of our children have symptoms of asthma and allergies already when they are very young,” research leader Lone Graff Stensballe told DR. 
 
Among the study’s conclusions were the findings that boys are more likely than girls to be treated for asthma and eczema, both of which are most widespread during the winter months. 
 
Researchers also noted that while for four straight decades the number of children treated for asthma and allergies has steadily grown, the increase stopped over the past ten years. That has led researchers to consider whether Denmark’s tougher anti-smoking laws implemented in 2007 have had a positive impact on children’s health, although they said it was still to early to draw that conclusion. 
 

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New Year’s Eve injury rate bounces back to normal in Denmark

The number of people treated for fireworks-related injuries on New Year's Eve in Denmark has bounced back to normal levels, with 16 people treated for eye injuries after the celebrations.

New Year's Eve injury rate bounces back to normal in Denmark
Fireworks led to 16 eye injuries on New Year's Eve. Photo: Mads Claus Rasmussen/Ritzau Scanpix

This is up from the unusually low 12 people who were treated for eye injuries during and after the celebrations last year. Two of this year’s injuries are sufficiently severe that the injured are expected to lose their sight completely or partially.

“After a very quiet evening last year, it is back to a normal, average level,” Ulrik Correll Christensen, head doctor at the ophthalmology department at Rigshospitalet, told the country’s Ritzau newswire. “It is a completely extraordinary situation at the eye departments on New Year’s Eve. It is not at all something we see on a daily basis.” 

Christensen has tallied up reports from all of Denmark’s eye units, including the major ones in Copenhagen, Aalborg, Aarhus, Odense and Næstved. 

He said that 15 out of the 16 cases had not worn safety goggles, two thirds were between ten and thirty years old. 

“The most important thing is to follow the advice when firing fireworks. Wear safety goggles and keep a good distance,” he said. 

The number of ambulance call outs on New Year’s Eve is also back to normal, with 1,188 emergency vehicles sent out, compared to 875 last year. 

In the Capital Region of Copenhagen, there were 44 call-outs were related to fireworks, of which 16 were for hand injuries and 14 for eye injuries. 

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