Housecleaners risk asthma
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.
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.