Monday, March 21, 2005

Welsh Kids and Asthma

This is just weird. My husband is of Welsh decent, and both my kids wheeze. So is this environmental or ethnic? -- From BBC

Child Asthma Rates Quadruple
(12/1/04) Asthma rates among children have quadrupled since the 1970s,
according to a major new survey.
More than 2,700 children from schools across south Wales were involved in
the 30-year research project carried out by experts at Cardiff University.
The findings are being published at a meeting of the British Thoracic
Society (BTS) in London on Wednesday.
Dr Michael Burr, who led the survey, said more than 1.4m children across the UK suffered from asthma.
The first study, which was carried out in 1973, diagnosed asthma in 5.5% of the children.
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And then there was this one:

Wales 'has highest asthma rate'
Asthma causes almost 30% more hospital cases in Wales than anywhere else in
the UK, a new report claims.
Asthma UK Cymru said one in 10 children and one in 12 adults in Wales are being treated for a condition - one of the highest rates in the world.

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Hmmmm. Bad genes? Or just coincidence?

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