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Neighbourhood ‘greenness’ lowers Kiwi kids’ asthma risk

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Children growing up in areas with diverse plant life are less likely to be diagnosed with asthma.

The findings come from a new study matching the health data for every child born in New Zealand in 1998 (almost 50,000 kids) with a database of vegetation diversity across the country.

Not all vegetation was beneficial however, children growing up around gorse and pines had a slightly higher risk of developing asthma.

Source: NIWA

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