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As prosperity has grown during the past three decades in Saudi Arabia, the tendency toward a more Westernized diet may have increased the risk of allergies and asthma in the arid nation.
In a new study in the journal Thorax, researchers at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland, compared about 100 children with wheezing and other asthma symptoms with 200 nonasthmatic children. Participants in the study were from the urban Jeddah area and several rural villages.
Voelker R. Diet and Asthma. JAMA. 2000;284(10):1235. doi:10.1001/jama.284.10.1235-JWM00007-3-1