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Bronchiolitis more severe among infants whose parents smoke

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Infants admitted to hospital with bronchiolitis from a household where a parent smokes are twice as likely to need oxygen therapy and five times as likely to need mechanical ventilation as those in which parents do not smoke, a study by the University of Liverpool has found.

The study, published in the online journal PLoS One, assessed 378 infants admitted to Alder Hey Children’s Hospital with a diagnosis of bronchiolitis. 

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