Posted by: audreybenenati | February 2, 2010

Adults’ breathing troubles may begin in childhood

Last Updated: 2010-01-14 13:00:06 -0400 (Reuters Health)

By Joene Hendry

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – New research hints that how well your lungs function in adulthood and your risk of developing chronic breathing problems is partly determined in childhood.

In a study, researchers found that early childhood "disadvantage factors" — such as being around someone who smoked or suffering lung infections – seemed to help fuel the development of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, much later in life.

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