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Asthma

25 June 2010

Mould may trigger severe asthma

Living in a home with high levels of mould may increase the risk of severe asthma attacks in people with certain gene variants, finds a new study.

Living in a home with high levels of mould may increase the risk of severe asthma attacks in people with certain gene variants, finds a new study.

In this study, Wu and colleagues analysed data from the Childhood Asthma Management Program, a trial that enrolled children between the ages of five and 12 with mild to moderate persistent asthma. The children's homes were classified as having more or less than 25 000 mould colonies per gram of household dust. A level greater than 25 000 is considered high for a home.

 

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