Monday, June 25, 2007

Antibiotic Use Linked to Peds Asthma

Just when I thought I was running out of things to be angry about.,..

From the IHT:

The use of antibiotics in the first year of life is associated with an increased risk for asthma at age 7, a new study has found, and the reason may be that antibiotics destroy not only disease-causing microbes, but also those that are helpful to the developing immune system.

Antibiotic use had a greater impact on children who would otherwise be considered at lower risk — children who lived in rural areas and those whose mothers did not have asthma — than on those who were already at increased risk because of an urban environment or genetic predisposition.

More here.

1 comment:

Andrey said...

Please note that there is also an infectious asthma theory by Dr Hahn. Some people (adults, not chilldren) have had success with long-term tratment of asthma with azythromycin. more details are on

Every study has to be viewed in context, and one should not jump to conclusion. What's true in one study/for a certain group of people may not be true for another. Honestly, I did not read the original paper of the study you posted about, but usually correlations between two phenomena do not suggest a cause-and-effect relationship (i.e. atibiotics_in_childhood -> asthma_development is not necessarily a valid conclusion here).

runcyclexcski, Ph D, Lawerence Berkeley National Labs