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BPA Linked to Asthma Risk in Kids

2838081913_df66887d36Two new studies off some insight into asthma risk in childhood.

The first lets parents with less-than-perfectly-clean homes off the hook:  Early exposure to dust mites and cockroaches doesn’t appear to raise asthma risk.

But when pregnant mice were exposed to BPA, that ever-present chemical found in everything from baby bottles to soup cans, their offspring were at higher risk of developing allergic asthma.

Those findings, which were presented at the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, are important, say researchers.  They note that BPA use started 40 years ago, about the same time asthma rates started skyrocketing. From Yahoo! News:

“They’re using what are probably going to be reasonable estimates of human neonatal exposure, and that seems to have an effect on the developing immune system or sensitivity to asthma,” said Dr. Steve Georas, chief of pulmonary and critical care medicine and director of the Mary Parkes Center for Asthma, Allergy and Pulmonary Care at the University of Rochester Medical Center in New York. “If you take it together with some epidemiologic studies, I would consider it cause for concern.”

Further research will include studying human infant cord blood for exposure to BPA to determine its effect on human infants.

Hey FDA — can we just ban this stuff already?

For more on kids and asthma, visit Kidshealth.org.

Photo: billaday, Flickr

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