Housecleaners risk asthma

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Housecleaners risk asthma

Health24, 29/10/2003

Asthma appears to be an occupational illness for women who clean houses for a living, a Spanish study finds.

It's not clear whether the finding applies to women who do their own housework, says Jan-Paul Zock, an environmental scientist at the Municipal Institute of Medical Research in Barcelona. He is leader of the group reporting the finding in the November issue of Thorax.

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Reference:
Asthma symptoms in women employed in domestic cleaning: a community based study
M Medina-Ramón, J P Zock, M Kogevinas, J Sunyer, and J M Antó
Thorax 2003; 58: 950-954.

 

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