Istanbul/Zurich, 12 June 2011

Olympic-level training causes asthma.

Istanbul/Zurich, 12 June 2011 - Elite athletes who have asthma symptoms but no previous history of the condition have been suspected of abusing anti-asthma drugs to enhance performance. However, a new study by Professor Sergio Bonini and colleagues in Italy in collaboration with the Italian National Olympic Committee, indicates their asthma is genuine. They surveyed over a thousand European athletes competing at the Beijing Olympics, and found that 15% had problems with asthma compared to only three to five per cent in the normal population.

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