Pain drugs do not raise risk of asthma, study suggests

05/21/2013 | New York Times (tiered subscription model), The

Children with respiratory infections often get over-the-counter pain medication for fever, but it appears to be the infection itself and not the drugs that raises their risk of asthma, researchers from Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women's Hospital reported at a meeting of the American Thoracic Society. Earlier studies linking asthma and pain relievers were observational, and researcher Joanne Sordillo said that factoring in the infection reduced the association between asthma and medicines such as acetaminophen.

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