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Traffic contributes to rise in asthma, says report

BMJ 1994; 308 doi: (Published 26 February 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;308:556
  1. L Dillner

    Air pollution from traffic is contributing to the steady rise in asthma, says a report published last week by the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology. The National Asthma Campaign estimates that one in 10 children has asthma, and data from the Department of Health suggest that hospital admissions for the condition increased from 4000 in 1980 to 10 000 in 1990.

    * One in 10 children has asthma. Does air pollution have anything to do with it?

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    The report says: “While the evidence is not conclusive, the long-term trend in …

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