Paracetamol gets the thumbs down...
Researchers at the Medical Research Institute of New Zealand analysed data from a study in which parents or guardians of more than 200,000 children aged six to seven from 31 countries completed written questionnaires about asthma symptoms, conjunctivitis and eczema, and several possible risk factors, including the use of paracetamol during the child's early life.
...and for adults
Adults who take paracetamol weekly were nearly three times more likely to have asthma than those taking paracetamol less often, according to a study organised by GA²LEN, the Global Allergy and Asthma European Network comparing 500 adults with asthma and 500 controls. Use of other painkillers was not significantly related to asthma.
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First Published in November 2008