Neonatal bilirubin levels may predict risk for childhood asthma

11/6/2013 | MedWire News (U.K.)

Data from the U.S. Collaborative Perinatal Project that included more than 28,800 term babies showed those with maximum serum bilirubin levels greater than 15 mg/dL had a 61% higher risk of having childhood asthma than those with levels of 3 mg/dL or less. Both the maximum total serum bilirubin levels as well as levels at 48 hours postpartum were substantially correlated with asthma prevalence, researchers from China reported in the American Journal of Epidemiology.

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