Formaldehyde Exposure and Asthma in Children: A Systematic Review

Gerald McGwin Jr.; Jeffrey Lienert; John I. Kennedy Jr.


Environ Health Perspect. 2010;118(3) 

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Subject to the limitations discussed above, the results of this systematic review suggest that there is a positive association between formaldehyde levels and childhood asthma. Taken in conjunction with a plausible biological mechanism, the results of this study provide important evidence regarding the potential causal link between formaldehyde and asthma in children. This is not to suggest that closure can be brought to this issue. Well-designed prospective epidemiologic studies are needed to shed additional light on this issue.


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