Children 'risk asthma' if parent of same sex has it

  • 1,456 patients were recruited from birth 23 years ago.
  • Research found that the risk of asthma in boys was only increased if their fathers suffered from the condition.
  • However, if mothers had asthma, it doubled the risk in their daughters but not sons.
  • Research also showed maternal eczema led to a 50% increased risk of eczema in girls, while paternal eczema did the same for boys.

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Allergies are 'gender related'

Doctors have discovered a child's risk of developing an allergic disease is doubled if a parent of the same sex has suffered from it, new research has claimed.