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Asthma risk 'raised' by roads

21st August 2007

A new study has shown that "genetically susceptible" children are nine times more likely to develop asthma if their house is close to a main road.

An American study discovered that fumes generated by traffic pollution heightens the danger that children with "faulty genes" will develop the condition. Children who have "faulty" genes do not get rid of dangerous chemicals from their bodies, leaving them at risk of asthma.

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