Are Cockroaches Contributing To Asthma In Urban Children?

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Researchers suspect that a child's exposure to cockroaches may also contribute to problems with asthma:

"This study provides "further evidence that cockroach exposure is part of the story," study author Dr. Matthew Perzanowski told Reuters Health. "Cockroach allergen really could be contributing to disparities in asthma prevalence, even in an urban environment like New York City."

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DISCUSSION

I thought it was proven that having living spaces too clean contributes to health problems? I love cockroaches and believe it, they're not as dirty as we think they are. They'll actually clean themselves after a human has touched them because we're oily gross mammals (constantly shedding skins cells which end up as dust around our homes).

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