Feb 25 2010
February 25, 2010 Haaretz
The incidence of asthma among children living in the Haifa metropolitan area is more than double the national average, apparently due both to growing obesity and to the heavy air pollution caused by industries in the Haifa Bay area, according to a new study whose findings were presented this week at a conference at Hadassah University Hospital in Jerusalem. The study, conducted by researchers from the Health Ministry, the Clalit health maintenance organization and the University of Haifa, examined 3,922 children aged 6 to 14 who live in seven towns in the Haifa area and are insured by Clalit. Of these, it found, 16 percent had asthma - more than double the national average of 7 percent, according to a study conducted in 2003.