Archive for Saturday, December 30, 2000

Tails of asthma in the city

December 30, 2000


If you have children, there's good reason to be scared of mice. Common house mice may be a major contributor to asthma among children living in urban areas, according to a federally funded study.

Asthma affects approximately 15 million Americans, including 5 million children. An estimated 7 percent of children nationally have the disease, though researchers say it's twice as common in cities.

In a study involving eight urban areas, Johns Hopkins University scientists discovered that 95 percent of tested homes had at least one room containing mouse allergen.

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