Aspirin risk asthmatics

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TIMES ONLINE, February 20, 2004

Aspirin risk for 2m asthmatics

By Oliver Wright, Health Correspondent

ASPIRIN can trigger asthma attacks in one in five people who suffer from the respiratory illness, researchers said yesterday.

Previous figures suggested that only 10 per cent of sufferers were at risk of aspirin-induced asthma. But a study by doctors in the UK and Australia calculated that 21 per cent of adults with asthma were sensitive to the common drug, which is also used in a wide variety of cold remedies.

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Christine Jenkins, John Costello, Linda Hodge
Systematic review of prevalence of aspirin induced asthma and its implications for clinical practice
British Medical Journal, February 21, 2004, 328:434


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