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Document ID (ISN)104183
CIS number 05-304
ISSN - Serial title 0271-3586 - American Journal of Industrial Medicine
Year 2004
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Radon K., Ehrenstein V., Praml G., Nowak D.
Title Childhood visits to animal buildings and atopic diseases in adulthood: An age-dependent relationship
Bibliographic information Oct. 2004, Vol.46, No.4, p.349-356. Illus. 40 ref.
Abstract Several studies have reported protective effects of farming environments against atopic diseases. A cross-sectional study was carried out in a rural town. 3112 inhabitants aged 18-44 responded to a postal questionnaire on atopic diseases, life-time exposure to farming environments, and potential confounders. Respondents with regular childhood exposure to animals had a significantly reduced risk of nasal allergies. The greatest reduction in risk was seen for respondents starting regular visits to animal stables during the first year of life or between the ages of three and five. Participants reporting start of exposure after age of five remained at a lower risk for nasal allergies. Findings indicate that the preventive effect of animal exposure against atopic respiratory diseases continues into adulthood.
Descriptors (primary) bacterial toxins; allergies; individual susceptibility; long-term exposure; handling of animals; respiratory diseases
Descriptors (secondary) children; cross-sectional study; questionnaire survey; USA
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceGermany
Subject(s) Occupational pathology
Broad subject area(s) Industries and occupations
Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Browse category(ies) Diseases of the respiratory system (except for pneumoconiosis & similar)
Livestock rearing
Allergies