This story originally ran on Oct. 14 and has been updated to include estimated 2010 ARRA revenues to some life-tool vendors.

By Tony Fong

For the past eight years, researchers at the University of Arizona have been studying how environmental factors may cause asthma in young children.

They collected cord blood and tracked the children since birth to try to figure out whether factors such as early exposure to certain allergens may help protect them from developing asthma later in life.

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