Turkish researchers suggest that serum levels of various elements may be an indicator of children at risk for developing asthma.

The team, from Istanbul University, led by Metin Uysalol, found that patients with recurrent wheezing, a positive Asthma Predictive Index (API) or a multiple-trigger temporal wheeze pattern had significantly lower serum levels of vitamin D and zinc than patients with no recurrent wheezing, a negative API or an episodic wheeze pattern, respectively.