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Vinyl flooring linked to #asthma in children

Vinyl flooring linked to #asthma in children

Children who lived in homes with vinyl floors were more likely to develop asthma than children who lived in homes with other types of flooring, according to a new study conducted in Sweden. The association was strongest for children whose parents had vinyl flooring in their bedrooms during pregnancy. The scientists who conducted the research say that the association could be the result of phthalates, which are chemicals used to soften vinyl. Previous studies have reported links between phthalate exposure and breathing problems, including asthma and wheezing. The scientists examined the health of more than 3,000 children whose parents responded to questionnaires at the beginning of the study, and then during follow-ups five and 10 years later. The 10-year follow-up showed that children with vinyl (PVC) flooring in their bedroom were 1.5 times more likely to have doctor-diag...

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