Children born to parents who struggle with infertility and take the help of assisted reproduction technologies, such as in vitro fertilization, have a higher risk of suffering from asthma.
Researchers at University of Oxford in England analyzed more than 19,000 children between 2000 and 2001 and found that around 24 percent of children born to parents who utilized ART were asthmatic compared to the national average of 20 percent.
AdvertisementLead researcher Claire Carson said that while the link between ART and asthma was surprising, she was quick to point out that the increase in the risk was quite low. "We think it is important to note that, in absolute terms, the difference in asthma prevalence in [assisted reproductive technologies] children is quite small -- 24 percent of [assisted reproductive technologies] children in our study were asthmatic, compared to a national average of one in five in the UK".
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