Doctors have discovered a child's risk of developing an allergic disease is doubled if a parent of the same sex has suffered from it, new research has claimed.
Professor Hasan Arshad, a consultant in allergy and immunology at Southampton General Hospital, found that allergies such as asthma and eczema were gender-related and not simply hereditary.
"We have known for decades that allergy runs in the family and many thought that maternal effect was greater than paternal effect due to a mothers' closeness to her child, but we have discovered the inheritance is from mother to daughter and father to son," Prof Arshad said.
More top news
Albert Thompson was initially denied vital radiotherapy for his prostate cancer unless he could produce the right documentation.
ITV News travels to Jordan to report on the growing global threat of the spread of deadly drug-resistant 'super bugs'.
The plight of Honduran migrants searching for safety has been harshly criticised by the US president.