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JUNK IN THE LUNGS

Your kids may truly be eating too much junk. Diets rich in junk food could be the culprits behind the rapid rise of asthma and allergies in children, scientists in Scotland and Saudi Arabia report.

"Dietary factors during childhood are an important influence in determining the expression of wheezy illness," the researchers say in the medical journal Thorax. "The frequency of eating at a fast food outlet was significantly related to being a case." A dramatic increase in asthma in Scotland has been shown to correspond to a decline in the amount of fresh fruit and vegetables in peoples' diets over the last 30 years.

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