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Jobs linked to contracting asthma in middle-age

22nd January 2013

Researchers at Imperial College London have said certain jobs could raise the risk of developing adult asthma.


The team looked at the records of nearly 10,000 people in Britain born in 1958 to identify which roles were associated with an increased danger of adult-onset asthma.

The team discovered 18 jobs which they said were associated with an escalated risk developing the condition.

They found that of the 9,488 people they looked at, 9% developed asthma by the time they got to the age of 42. 

The team said people who worked in printing, worked as farmers or hairdressers, all had an increased risk of asthma.

The research showed four of the 18 roles with an increased risk were cleaning jobs.

Lead researcher, Dr Rebecca Ghosh of the MRC-HPA Centre for Environment and Health at Imperial College London, said: "This study identified 18 occupations that are clearly linked with asthma risk, but there are others that did not show up in our analysis, mainly because they are relatively uncommon.

"Occupational asthma is widely under-recognised by employers, employees and healthcare professionals. Raising awareness that this is an almost entirely preventable disease would be a major step in reducing its incidence." 


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