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by Ion Gireada on 23 September 2014
Environment     |      adults,  asthma,  German,  job loss


New study shows stress caused by possible job loss may increase the risk of asthma. Scientists have come to this conclusion after conducting a survey on over 7,000 German working adults. Research was made during 2009-2011 economic depression which affected Europe.

Stress associated with possible job less may increase the risk of triggering asthma for the first time, a new research show. The findings backup previous studies which alluded to a strong connection between asthma and stress, with work-related stress being the main culprit.

Based on responses of approximately 7,000 working adults in Germany, the collected data coincided with the severe economic crisis across Europe, starting in 2008. In 2009, all participants were asked how likely did they feel about losing their jobs over the next two years. Answers were graded from 0-100 percent, in 10 percent increments, and classified as high risk, low risk, and no risk.

Within the survey group, 105 of new cases asthma were reported, equally spread between men and women, in the interval 2009 – 2011. Respondents who reported a higher likelihood of losing their job were relatively younger, had a low educational attainment level, a low monthly income, and were single – compared to the remainder who consider the risk was low (2787) or there was no risk at all (2593).

The research concluded that asthma risk grew proportionally with job insecurity. However, researchers caution against drawing any permanent conclusions about cause and effect. A representative for the research team said: “Our findings may also provide a possible explanation for the increased prevalence of respiratory symptoms during the recent economic crisis in the UK.”

Concern over job loss linked to first asthma attacks

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