respiratory illness

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Early Virus Linked To Asthma Risk In Kids

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26, 2016 -- A common genetic variation significantly boosts the odds of asthma in children who've had a severe respiratory illness at a young age, researchers report. "Our findings suggest that genetic influences on asthma might be more pronounced in the context of early life environmental exposures, especially viral respiratory infections," said Dr. Rajesh Kumar, an allergist at Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. It focused on a variation of the Plasminogen activator inhibitor-1 (PAI-1) gene. Asthma risk was 17 times higher among children with this variation who had a common illness called bronchiolitis by the age of 2, the researchers found.