Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations Near Schools May Pose Asthma Risk

"Previous research has shown increased rates of asthma among children living in rural areas of Iowa and the United States. Given that CAFOs release inflammatory substances that can affect the health of workers at these facilities and the air quality of nearby communities, we were interested in whether there was a connection between CAFOs and increased rates of asthma among kids in rural areas."

Joel Kline, M.D.
Professor of internal medicine
Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine
University of Iowa

Science Daily (June 27, 2006) — Children who attend school near large-scale livestock farms known as concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) may be at a higher risk for asthma, according to a new study by University of Iowa researchers.

The study, led by Joel Kline, M.D., professor of internal medicine in the UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, appears in the June issue of Chest, the peer-reviewed journal of the American College of Chest Physicians (www.chestjournal.org).

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The proposed 3800 head Schottler Dairy is so close to our new schools this is tragic for the children of New Richmond!! They won't be safe in their own school. The children with asthma might want to consider another school. We can't allow this to happen to our community!!!