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C-Sections May up Risk of Asthma

Sunday, 16 November 2008 13:25
Natural childbirth may prevent a baby from developing asthma later in life, according to a just-published report.

Investigators followed 1,953 Finnish subjects from their birth in 1966 to their third decade of life in 1997. The 5.3% of subjects who were delivered via Cesarean section were three times more likely to have developed asthma by age 31, compared with subjects delivered vaginally. However, delivery method did not influence risk of other allergic disorders.

Xu B, Pekkanen J, Hartikainen AL, Jarvelin MR   Caesarean section and risk of asthma and allergy in adulthood   J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2001 (Apr);   107 (4):   732-733