Children with bronchitis can develop lung problems in adulthood

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According to research from the Allergy and Lung Health Unit at the University of Melbourne, 

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bronchitis in early childhood has been found to increase the risk of lung diseases in middle age.

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Researchers found that Australian children who had bronchitis at least once before 

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the age of seven were more likely to have lung problems in later life. The findings were published in The BMJ. 

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They also established that the lung diseases the children suffered from by the time they reached the age of 53

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 were usually asthma and pneumonia, rather than chronic bronchitis or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

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Lead author of a paper published today in the journal, BMJ Open Respiratory Research

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Dr Jennifer Perret, said the findings come from one of the world's oldest surveys, the Tasmanian Longitudinal Health Study,

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 which followed 8,583 people who were born in Tasmania in 1961 and started school in 1968. 

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