Children from homes where incense is regularly burned have a higher risk of developing asthma, according to a Taiwanese study suggesting that a particular genetic variation could also be involved. Incense has been used for millenia in many cultures` religious and spiritual ceremonies. In parts of Asia, people commonly burn incense in their homes -- a practice that is becoming more popular in Western countries as well.
Some studies in Asian countries have found connections between incense burning and respiratory symptoms in children, but others -- including one of schoolchildren in Hong Kong -- have not, Lee and his team said. It is also not clear whether the most recent findings can be generalized to other countries, he added. Bureau Report
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