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Researchers have determined that there's sufficient evidence to conclude that exposure to the ubiquitous dust mite not only can trigger symptoms but can actually play a causal role in the development of asthma in susceptible people, according to a new report from a committee of the Institute of Medicine. The prevalence of asthma has been climbing dramatically in recent years, but the factors behind this increase remain a mystery.
Stephenson J. Indoor Allergens and Asthma. JAMA. 2000;283(7):875. doi:10.1001/jama.283.7.875-JHA00000-3-1