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Pools link to asthma.

CHLORINATED swimming pools may be partly to blame for the current epidemic of childhood asthma, research suggests.

A study of 21 European countries found a close association between access to indoor swimming pools and respiratory problems in children.

Prevalence of childhood asthma and wheeze rose by around two to three per cent for every indoor swimming pool per 100,000 people.

The findings of the team from the Catholic University of Louvain in Brussels, support the theory that chlorine in the water and air at indoor swimming pools can trigger asthma.

An Asthma UK spokeswoman said: "Further research is needed to understand this association."
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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Jul 18, 2006
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