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Low Birth Weight ups Asthma Risk

Sunday, 16 November 2008 13:56

Low birth weight boosts an individual's risk of asthma, say researchers in the journal Thorax.

A total of 8,960 people were enrolled in the British Cohort study in 1970. Periodically, the participants completed questionnaires recording height, weight and symptoms of asthma experienced during the previous 12 months. The study found that low birth weight increased a subject's odds of having asthma at age 26.

Shaheen SO, Sterne JAC, Montgomery SM, Azima H   Birth weight, body mass index and asthma in young adults   Thorax 1999 (May);   54 (5):   396-402