Aussie study links asthma to smoking

September 4, 2006

Australian scientists who spent nearly 40 years on a research program say asthma in adults can be the result of maternal smoking.

Professor Haydn Walters of the University of Tasmania told a symposium on asthma in Hobart the results of research that began in 1968 holds worldwide significance.

"We knew from earlier studies that maternal smoking can trigger childhood asthma but now we find it is actually important in people who get asthma later on," Walters was quoted saying by the Australian Broadcasting Corp.

"Among adults, about half of them developed asthma only after reaching adulthood and they did not suffer from it as children," he said.

Copyright 2006 by United Press International

Explore further: Testosterone explains why women more prone to asthma

Related Stories

Testosterone explains why women more prone to asthma

May 8, 2017
An international research team has revealed for the first time that testosterone protects males against developing asthma, helping to explain why females are two times more likely to develop asthma than males after puberty.

Recommended for you

Young children use physics, not previous rewards, to learn about tools

February 23, 2018
Children as young as seven apply basic laws of physics to problem-solving, rather than learning from what has previously been rewarded, suggests new research from the University of Cambridge.

Study tracks evolutionary transition to destructive cancer

February 23, 2018
Evolution describes how all living forms cope with challenges in their environment, as they struggle to persevere against formidable odds. Mutation and selective pressure—cornerstones of Darwin's theory—are the means ...

The 'loudness' of our thoughts affects how we judge external sounds

February 23, 2018
The "loudness" of our thoughts—or how we imagine saying something—influences how we judge the loudness of real, external sounds, a team of researchers from NYU Shanghai and NYU has found.

Glaucoma study finds brain fights to preserve vision

February 23, 2018
A team of researchers, led by David Calkins, Ph.D., vice chair and director of Research at the Vanderbilt Eye Institute, has made a breakthrough discovery in the field of glaucoma showing new hopes for treatments to preserve ...

Researchers use a molecular Trojan horse to deliver chemotherapeutic drug to cancer cells

February 23, 2018
A research team at the University of California, Riverside has discovered a way for chemotherapy drug paclitaxel to target migrating, or circulating, cancer cells, which are responsible for the development of tumor metastases.

Study: Tinder loving cheaters—dating app facilitates infidelity

February 23, 2018
The popular dating app Tinder is all about helping people form new relationships. But for many college-aged people, it's also helping those in relationships cheat on their romantic partners.

0 comments

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.