New Research into Asthma Risk

Sunday 9th May 2010

New research suggests that children living near railways or by motorways or busy roads may be at an increased risk of developing asthma. The research, published in The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, highlights the importance a child's neighbourhood environment has on their asthma risk. The findings follow news that living in a high crime neighbourhood can almost double a child's asthma risk.

Researchers investigated the link between location and asthma risk by studying the medical records of 3,970 people. They cross referenced the participants medical records with census records and discovered that people who lived in locations facing onto high traffic areas were at an increased risk of developing childhood asthma.

Researchers hope that the findings will help medical professionals to identify children at increased risk of developing the condition by using neighbourhood environment as a risk factor.

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