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Asthma not music to ears.

A history of ear infections was significantly associated with lifetime prevalence of diagnosed asthma in a cross sectional study of 7,538 children aged 2-11 years, according to data from NHANES III, said Kamal Eldeirawi and Dr. Victoria Wi Persky of the University of Illinois at Chicago. Ear infections in children were significantly associated with an increased risk of asthma, with a prevalence odds ratio of 1.57, after adjustment for factors including age, sex, race, parental history of asthma, and maternal smoking during pregnancy (Chest 12515]:1685-92, 2004).

Overall, the prevalence of asthma was 9.24%, and 72% of the children had had at least one ear infection in their lifetimes. Children with three or more ear infections during their lifetimes were approximately twice as likely to have asthma as were children with no history of ear infections (12.43% vs. 6.58%).

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Title Annotation:Clinical Capsules
Publication:Family Practice News
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Jun 15, 2004
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