Kids in mouldy homes more at risk of asthma

August 4th, 2011 - 2:37 pm ICT by IANS  

Washington, Aug 4 (IANS) Kids staying in mouldy homes have three times greater odds of developing asthma by the age of seven.

“Early life exposure to mould seems to play a critical role in childhood asthma development,” says Tiina Reponen, professor of environmental health at the University of Cincinnati who led a study.

Researchers analysed seven years of comprehensive data for 176 children to evaluate the effects of mould exposure in early life, the journal Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology reports.

The children were part of the Cincinnati Childhood Allergy and Air Pollution Study (CCAAPS), a long-term population-based study that included more than 700 children from the Greater Cincinnati area, according to a university statement.

Mould exposure levels were measured using a DNA-based analysis tool developed by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) — the environmental relative mouldiness index (ERMI).

Eighteen percent of children enrolled in CCAAPS were found to be asthmatic at age seven.

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