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Mold exposure in infancy increases asthma risk

Infants who live in "moldy” homes are three times more likely to develop asthma

 

Infants who live in "moldy” homes are three times more likely to develop asthma by age 7, according to a study led by researchers at the University of Cincinnati and Cincinnati Children’s.

Results were published in the August 2011 edition of Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, the journal of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI).

Researchers analyzed seven years of data on 176 children to evaluate the effects of early mold exposure.

"Early life exposure to mold seems to play a critical role in childhood asthma development,” says Tiina Reponen, PhD, the study’s lead author and UC professor of environmental health. "Genetic factors are also important, since infants whose parents have allergies or asthma are at the greatest risk of developing asthma.”

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