Study links latex exposure to asthma

Victoria, Australia – Over time, workplace exposure to latex may cause people to develop asthma, according to a new study from the University of Melbourne.

Researchers examined the occupational histories of 792 people at age 44 – all of whom did not have asthma at age 13. They found a relationship between longtime exposure to high-molecular-weight latex and adult-onset asthma, and the risk increased with length of exposure, the study abstract states.

The study was published in the March issue of the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.

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