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Medical News & Perspectives
July 2, 2008

Researchers Probe Effects of Pregnancy, Birth on Childhood Asthma and Allergy

JAMA. 2008;300(1):29. doi:10.1001/jama.300.1.29

Toronto—Although asthma and allergy can develop at any point during an individual's life and for a variety of reasons, a number of factors during a woman's pregnancy and delivery might cause susceptibility in her offspring, according to findings presented recently at the American Thoracic Society's 2008 International Conference.

The research adds to the evidence that aspects of asthma and allergy may be programmed during pregnancy and then affect health in later life, said Wilfried Karmaus, MD, MPH, of the University of South Carolina in Columbia.