Washington: Children who lived near major highways or railroad intersections have higher diagnoses of asthma, says a new study. Mayo Clinic researchers used this study to show how neighbourhood environment is a risk factor in understanding the development of paediatric asthma.
Researchers studied 3,970 people born between 1976 and 1979. Of the 1,947 subjects living in census tracts that faced intersections, 6.4 percent developed asthma, while 4.5 percent of those living in census tracts not facing intersections developed asthma. Juhn and his colleagues are currently conducting research that looks at the influence of neighbourhood environment on other disease outcomes, says a Mayo Clinic release. The study appeared in a recent edition of The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology.IANS
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