Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Childhood Asthma Linked to Mother's Nutrition

Vitamin D deficiency in expectant mothers has been found to increase the risk of asthma in their children...

Kids' Asthma Linked to Maternal Nutrition
March 4, 2006 08:45:27 PM PST
By Amanda Gardner
HealthDay Reporter

SATURDAY, March 4 (HealthDay News) -- The link between maternal health and childhood asthma is becoming clearer.

Researchers presenting new studies at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology in Miami Beach have recorded associations between maternal nutrition and stress with asthma in children.

One study found that expectant mothers who take higher amounts of vitamin D may decrease their child's risk for asthma.

Vitamin D deficiency is common in areas where asthma is also widespread, raising the suspicion that the two are linked, said Dr. Carlos Camargo, senior author of the study and an associate professor of medicine and epidemiology at Harvard Medical School in Boston.

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