Ear infections may increase a child's risk for asthma, according to the results of a study reported in Chest. The researchers looked at federal government health data collected between 1988 and 1994 on >7500 children aged 2 to 11 years old. The findings showed that children with any history of ear infection were at a 57% higher risk for asthma and at a 70% elevated risk of nonasthmatic wheezing. Increasing incidence of ear infection was associated with a continual rise in overall asthma risk.
Researcher Kamal Eldeirawi, MS, pointed out, however, that the findings are preliminary, and "long-term, follow-up studies" are required before recommendations can be made. "Hopefully [my findings] will open up this avenue of research so people will start looking at it," he added.
One study linked multiple pregnancies to an increased risk of developing atrial fibrillation later in life, and another investigated the association between premature delivery and cardiovascular disease.
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