Asthma in babies: risk higher if fathers smoke during mother’s pregnancy, study shows

Babies have a greater risk of asthma if their father smoked before their birth, according to a new study of Taiwanese families.The research, published today in Frontiers in Genetics to coincide with the World Health Organisation’s World No Tobacco Day, also reveals how immune genes can predict the level of risk.More than 1,600 Taiwanese couples with newborn babies took part in the study which analysed their lifestyle and genetic make-up.Exposure to tobacco smoke during development is already…

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