Exposure to magnetic fields during pregnancy leads to asthma in offspring

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Pregnant women who use hairdryers, microwaves, vacuum cleaners or who live near pylons could be putting their babies at risk of asthma, revealed by researchers in a new research study conducted recently.

Exposing unborn children to potentially harmful magnetic energy produced by household appliances and power lines could treble their child’s chances of suffering from the condition called asthma.

The researchers recruited women who were registered with Kaiser Permanente, a hospital group in the San Francisco area, from 1996 to 1998.

Researchers measured the amount of magnetic field (MF) women were exposed to on one day during their pregnancy and looked at whether there was an increased risk of their child being diagnosed with asthma during their first 13 years.

The researchers concluded that a higher exposure to MF during pregnancy was associated with an increased risk of asthma in the child.

The study was carried out by researchers from the Kaiser Foundation Research Institute, California, USA. Funding was provided by the California Public Health Foundation.

The study was published in the (peer-reviewed) journal: Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine.

Source: Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, USA

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