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A new diagnosis of asthma significantly increases the risk of being subsequently diagnosed with gastro-oesophageal reflux disease, a study reports.

Patients newly diagnosed with asthma were 90 per cent more likely than non-asthmatics to be diagnosed with GORD, with the risk highest in the first year.

In patients newly diagnosed with GORD, there was a small but non-significant rise in the risk of a subsequent asthma diagnosis, according to the study, presented at the conference and published in Chest (July).

Dr Mike Thomas, General Practice Airways Group research fellow at the University of Aberdeen and a GP in Minchinhampton, Gloucestershire, said: 'It's something doctors need to be aware of.'

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