Research brief: Swimming pool asthma link

Indoor swimming pools may be responsible for increases in childhood asthma. Belgian researchers used data from a study of 190,000 European 13- to 14-year-olds to compare the rates of wheezing and atopic eczema with the number of swimming pools per capita. They found the rate of wheezing rose by 3.39 per cent for each additional indoor chlorinated swimming pool per 100,000 of the population (Occupational and Environmental Medicine online).

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