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Wood fires may cause respiratory disease

November 8, 2009 12:00:00 AM PST
Wood-burning appliances could be making children ill.A new study out of the University of Washington found that infants who had more exposure to wood smoke were more likely to be hospitalized for bronchiolitis.

Bronchiolitis is a respiratory infection and according to researchers, is the number one reason why a child ends up in a hospital in the first year of life.

Researchers believe the toxicity of the smoke is contributing to the rise in respiratory issues.