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Are Health Care Workers At Greater Risk of Developing Asthma?

We’ve heard stories in the past few weeks about some health care workers contracting Ebola from the patients they’ve treated. Researchers at UTHealth say there are other safety risks inherent in the health care industry. That includes asthma. In a study UTHealth researchers conducted over ten years ago, they found an increased prevalence of asthma […]

We’ve heard stories in the past few weeks about some health care workers contracting Ebola from the patients they’ve treated. Researchers at UTHealth say there are other safety risks inherent in the health care industry.

That includes asthma. In a study UTHealth researchers conducted over ten years ago, they found an increased prevalence of asthma among health care workers, especially nurses. After entering the health care field, more than seven percent of nurses developed asthma. Researchers determined the use of certain cleaning products significantly increased asthma risk in these health care professions.

Now, researchers are revisiting the health care industry to learn if the risk for asthma has changed.

Houston Matters’ Maggie Martin spoke with one of the researchers, Dr. George Delclos, a physician and professor in the Division of Epidemiology, Human Genetics and Environmental Sciences at the UTHealth School of Public Health. He talked about what he found in the initial study over 10 years ago.

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