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Day care may help cut kids' asthma risk

September 10, 2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
A new study says infants and toddlers who attend day care are less likely than other children to develop asthma symptoms by age 5.Researchers from the University of Manchester in England found early exposure to infections and germs helps protect against allergies and asthma. Children who started day care between 6 and 12 months of age had a 75 percent reduction in the risk of wheezing, an early symptom of asthma. The American Lung Association says asthma is the most chronic health disorder in childhood.


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