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Asthma

02 August 2011

Magnetic fields increase asthma risk

Children of mothers exposed to high levels of magnetic fields, such as appliances and power lines, during pregnancy are at increased risk of developing asthma, a study has shown.

A new study suggests that the children of mothers exposed to high levels of magnetic fields during pregnancy are at increased risk of developing asthma, findings that are sure to re-ignite the controversy over the health dangers that might be posed by exposure to power lines and electronics.

The study is published online in the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine.

 

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