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Paracetamol and atopic diseases

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Evidence has accumulated over the last few years that the use of paracetamol during pregnancy, in childhood and as an adult may increase the risk of asthma. Phase three of the International Study of Asthma and Allergies in Childhood (ISAAC) has provided more data (Richard Beasley and colleagues. The Lancet 2008;372:1039–48; see also Comment, ibid: 1011–12).

The study included 205 487 children aged 6–7 years at 73 centres in 31 countries on six …

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