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YourLIFE: ..AND CONDITIONS THAT FRIGHTEN ALL OF US TODAY.

Cancer

TODAY, cancer kills one in four people in Britain - the same as infectious diseases did in Victorian times. But tumours were much less common back then. Diet, smoking and excessive sunbathing are all factors behind its increase, as well as the fact that we are living longer.

Food allergies

VIRTUALLY unheard of in Victorian times, an estimated one in 50 children in Britain now suffers with food allergies. One theory is the hygiene hypothesis, where exposure to dirt and bugs very early in life actually stimulates the immune system to protect against allergies.

Asthma

ANOTHER modern-day phenomina. The disease was rare among Victorian children. But in the past 30 years, rates have soared. The increase in allergies and exposure to cigarette smoke are thought to be key factors.

Autism

AUTISM rates are currently running at record levels, though nobody is sure why. Some experts claim it has always existed but doctors are just getting better at diagnosing it. But researchers are investigating whether pesticides used in modern farming could be a trigger.

Attention deficit disorder

DISRUPTIVE Victorian children would simply have been labelled as naughty. Nowadays they are just as likely to be diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and given drugs to boost their concentration.

Diabetes

MALNUTRITION, not obesity, was much more likely to be a problem in the Victorian era. Now so many people are overweight that type two diabetes - triggered by excess body fat - is a growing to epidemic proportions.
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Apr 20, 2006
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