Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Childhood asthma rises due to indoor swimming

Researchers, led by Alfred Bernard, professor of toxicology at the Catholic University of Louvain in Brussels have found that incidents of childhood asthma rose in areas with indoor pools.

The assumption is that chlorine gas from indoor pools could affect lungs of young children.

The findings have led Prof Bernard to conclude that children who are susceptible to allergies should not be allowed to swim in pools which smell strongly of chlorine. Outdoor chlorinated pools are safer as the gas is quickly dispersed.

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