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Asthma increase could be caused by paracetamol use, study says

BMJ 2001; 323 doi: (Published 15 September 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:592
  1. Owen Dyer
  1. London

    The results of the world's largest asthma study seem to discount the notion that environmental allergens could account for the huge variation in asthma rates across Europe.

    The research, published in the September issue of the European Respiratory Journal (2001;18:598-611), identifies no single cause for the much higher rates of the disease in some countries but links paracetamol use with increased susceptibility to asthma.

    The European community respiratory health survey was a cross sectional study of atopy, asthma, and other chronic respiratory disorders that was carried out in 22 countries around the world (though mostly in Europe) during the early 1990s and that involved some 140 000 participants.

    Its most startling finding was the …

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