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Some Pockets of Utah have High Rates of Childhood Asthma

Some Pockets of Utah have High Rates of Childhood Asthma

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- State health officials are studying whether the environment and genetics may combine to trigger asthma.

According to a state survey released today, childhood rates of the breathing disorder vary from city to city and even within neighborhoods.

The state health department used asthma data collected from 2003-2006.

The study totals are only a statistical computation, but indicate a possible link between genetics and environment is worth more study.

The interaction between genes and the environment -- genomics -- will be the focus of a health department conference next week. The 2nd Annual Asthma Genomics Conference will include discussions on how genomics could impact treating and managing asthma.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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