In Brief: Oct. 15, 2001

ASTHMA RISKS According to a study in the October issue of Pediatrics, kids genetically susceptible to asthma face more than double the risk of developing the disease by the time they are eight if their parents had trouble caring for them in infancy. The study's authors speculate that maternal depression or marital conflicts could cause emotional stress to the infant, impairing development of the immune system.

DATING DANGER Up to a third of American teens have experienced psychological or physical violence in a dating relationship, according to a new study. Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill surveyed...

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