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CHICAGO, Aug. 2, 2011 (Reuters) — Critics say a controversial new study that linked high exposure to electromagnetic fields during pregnancy to asthma in children is flawed and ignores many prior studies that suggest such exposures are harmless.
"The strong conclusions drawn from this paper that magnetic field exposure in pregnancy increases the risk of asthma in offspring cannot be justified based on the evidence provided in the publication," Patricia McKinney, professor of pediatric epidemiology at the University of Leeds in Britain, said in a statement.
McKinney said the study ignores major scientific reviews that concluded there was not a "sufficiently strong case for any further investigation of this topic."
It has always been true that children needed to be exposed to a "peck of dirt" in order to properly develop their immune systems and it seems to be also true that children need to be exposed to smoke in order to properly develop their respiratory systems.
It has been studied and is true that children whose mothers smoker develop a lower incidence of both asthma and allergies.