Study Identifies Connection between Specific Jobs and Adult Onset Asthma

A study published in January online in the journal Thorax linked an increased risk of adult onset asthma to eighteen different jobs. “Four of the 18 were cleaning jobs and a further three of which were likely to involve exposure to cleaning products. Farmers, hairdressers, and printing workers were also found to have increased risk,” according to a newspaper article about the study. The study “suggests that about 16% of adult onset asthma in British adults born in the late 1950s could be due to occupational exposures.” Dr. Rececca Ghosh of the Centre for Environmental Health at Imperial College London said “Occupational asthma is widely under-recognized by employers, employees and healthcare professionals. Raising awareness that this is an almost entirely preventable disease would be a major step in reducing its incidence.”